Do you believe that children shape the future? Do you understand that a child’s earliest experiences literally shape the foundation of their brains, like building a house? Are you passionate about learning alongside children and exploring their questions and interests? If so, we are currently hiring for the position of Reggio-Emilia Inspired Assistant Preschool Teacher in Calgary, AB, and we would love to hear from you!
More about us:
Kids U is a growing Accredited Early Childhood Learning Institute in Calgary and Strathmore, AB that continues to set the standard for excellence. Our core values of Knowledge, Innovate, Development, Service and Upliftment support our vision of quality child care, preschool and kindergarten programs that build strong brains for life, nurturing infinite potential of children. These values and our common purpose shape our campus and office culture, with a focus on supporting our most valuable assets: our team.
Through natural light filled spacious rooms and learning materials, we offer an innovative and welcoming environment that is captivating and stimulating for both adults and children. In our Reggio-Emilia Inspired classrooms, we invite you to create an environment in which you can“Imagine, Create and Investigate” alongside the children.
Our teachers have strong interpersonal skills and find joy in working with children and adults. They are committed to learning and teaching in emergent, project-based ways while open collaboration fosters a student-centered, inquiry based learning environment that cultivates enthusiastic and globally-minded individuals. Our directors and support office team work alongside teachers as coaches to provide the best possible programming for children and a similarly nurturing environment for staff.
With this post, we are currently recruiting for our Braeside campus location.
This position requires love, patience and respect for children. Teachers are expected to observe children’s interests in order to shape the environment and meet their needs. The teacher will facilitate activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth following the philosophies of Loris Malaguzzi and drawing inspiration from schools in Reggio-Emilia.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following but are not limited to:
Encouraging children through role modeling and guidance to respect themselves and others
Spark imagination, build self-esteem and encourage children to enrich their every day experiences using the environment as the third teacher
Collaborate with classroom teams for planning and implementation of weekly lesson plans
Ensure that classroom practices meet Alberta Child Care Licensing Standards.
Adapt the environment and learning opportunities to reflect children’s interests and curiosities
Supervise the classroom, helping the children to think creatively, to solve problems independently and respect themselves and others
Guide children in self-motivated learning, helping stimulate their natural desire to learn
Be responsible for ensuring an educational, caring and safe environment for the children
Be responsible for reporting challenges, successes and competencies of each child to the Program Supervisor or to parents
Effective communication skills and strong organizational skills are essential
Early Childhood Certification or related field
Alberta Child Care Certification Level 2 (Assistant) or higher
Current first aid certificate (may be obtained upon hire)
Ability to lift a min. of 40 lbs especially when working with infants and toddlers
Criminal record Check/vulnerable sector check, within past 6 months (may be obtained upon hire)
At least two years experience working with preschool children in a Reggio inspired practice / Emergent curriculum
What’s in it for you?
Kids U is passionate about development and knowledge, and as such, provides regular, in-house professional development courses focused around best practices in early childhood education and new, innovative ways of teaching.
Staff social committee focused on opportunities to make connections with other like-minded individuals and passionate educators through regular social functions, including an annual staff BBQ and Christmas party
Annual Lead Teacher retreat focused on developing skills and rewarding our deserving team members
Educational grant opportunities to further your education while maintaining your career
Tuition discounts on all child-care services for staff members, including full-time and part-time care, online education, summer camps and extracurricular activities!
We offer a competitive salary and there are many opportunities for additional grants and subsidies.
Benefits for all full time and part time staff members, which include vision, dental, and paramedical services.
Kids U is following all Alberta Health Protocols to ensure the health and safety of our children and employees.
We follow the Provincial guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 including but not limited to hand washing, safe distancing, wearing masks and frequent sanitization of high touch surfaces.
If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families, apply now!
Kids U is an equal opportunity workplace and we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. We believe that a strong focus and commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make early childhood education an enabler for wide-reaching change. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.