As an energetic educator you will be responsible for the physical, emotional and intellectual well-being of up to 15 Toddlers and/or 24 preschoolers. As part of a staff team, the collective share in the coordinating and implementing of the toddler or preschool program, positively engaging and communicating with parents and other staff in a cooperative, respectful manner, and function as a member of the childcare centre co-operative.
- Current R.E.C.E. in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educator or Equivalent
- Current Standard First Aid certification with CPR C for infant and child
- Current Police Reference Check for working with the Vulnerable Sector (within last 3 months)
- Demonstrated Good Knowledge of ELECT framework and HDLH Pedagogy
- Toddler and Preschool experience and cooperative experience an asset
- Current Health Assessment & Immunization Records
- Ability to meet the physical demands of the job
- Demonstrated Interpersonal Skills
- Demonstrated Strong Communication Skills
- Demonstrated Organizational Skills
- Demonstrated Creativity
- Knowledge and Skills to perform all of the duties outlined in the Job Description.
- WHMIS and Health & Safety Certification- an asset
Job Duties & Responsibilities
1) Supervising, facilitating, guiding and interacting with children
a) Is responsible for the children's care, safety, development and well being through the implementation of an age and developmentally appropriate program in a group setting.
b)With external Professional agencies like CHEO occupational therapist, speech and language therapist with First Words, CISS Resource Consultants, the educator will meet with program co-ordinator, staff and parents, to develop strategies, incorporating goals into existing program activities and facilitate the development and implementation of an Individual Plan and/or a Team Service Plan.
c)Communicates appropriately and effectively (verbally and non-verbally)
d) Builds positive relationships by using empathetic responses and active listening with children, parents and co-learners - teammates.
e)Uses appropriate guiding techniques (eg. interest driven, appropriate and adequate choices, redirection, planned ignoring, distraction, explanation & anticipation)
f)Sets limits and reinforces them consistently
g)Guides children towards self-awareness, problem solving, effective communication and cooperation.
h)Helps children identify and express feelings
i)Helps children understand natural and logical consequences of their behavior while guiding them to handle the emotional stresses and pro-social responses.
a)Plans, implements and evaluates stimulating and varied programs that ensure the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of each individual child. In order to do so:
i) ensures that programming is non-sexist,
ii) ensures cross-cultural activities and sensitivity,
iii) has the ability to work with community agencies and resources,
iv) draws upon professional skills and personal resources
b)Develops and provides, daily, weekly, monthly, and annually, activities that are appropriate for age and developmental areas, with variation and flexibility, and in conjunction with others to facilitate each child's development.
c)Is responsible for coordinating and implementing activities that should include art, science, music, language, sensory activities, gross and fine motor activities, cognitive activities, field trips, outdoor play, dramatic play, manipulative practice, reading and math readiness. In addition, each educator will plan and provide a daily circle for a small group, which will focus on the above activities.
d)Ensures that appropriate tools and materials are available.
e)Focuses on each child's emerging independence, self-discipline, problem solving skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
a)Maintains flexibility within a structured routine with regard to sleeping, eating, toileting and dressing to meet each child's basic needs.
b)Uses these routines as opportunities for incidental learning.
c)Ensures that routines are carried out consistently with minimal disruption of children and programming.
d)Encourages and provides support so that children can grow in their independence and develop a sense of mastery with regard to self-help skills.
e)Is aware of overall hygiene and health standards (e.g. disinfecting change table, lunch tables, sweeping floors).
f)Attends to individual child's health needs (eg. medication, allergies, and therapeutic procedures) and promotes good hygiene within the group.
4) Interaction with parents
a)Develops a trusting and mutually respectful working relationship with parents and acts as a support and resource to parents where and when possible including:
i)keeping them informed of their child's progress.
ii) ensuring two-way communication and open-minded, non-judgemental listening; and being respectful of parents' needs and reassurances.
iii) providing appropriate referrals and information handled with sensitivity.
iv) being responsive to parents' requests for meetings to address issues or concerns or updates.
v) providing ongoing support to families in a caring and nurturing manner.
5) Maintenance and Housekeeping
a)Ensures a clean, safe and physically appropriate environment in accordance with Health Department standards and the Child Care & Early Years Act.
b)Purchases equipment and materials as appropriate
c)Performs general upkeep of the rooms, equipment, supplies and yards.
d)Fulfils laundry responsibilities.
e)Disinfects toys and equipment regularly.
f)Monitors repair of equipment and materials.
6) Working with other staff
a)Attends program meetings to exchange information and develop team goals.
b)Attends General Staff Meetings to exchange information with other co-workers and work towards centre goals.
c)Works toward developing a trusting, healthy and co-operative working relationship under the general child care/professional co-op philosophy with all members of the co-op.
d)Informs casual staff, students and substitutes of co-op philosophy, specific duties and routines, and supervises and teaches them if appropriate.
e)Acts as a resource to outside agencies to fulfil the centre's legal responsibilities (eg. reporting child abuse).
f)Works as a team member with agencies, and parents to ensure consistency in management of the child.
7) Observing and recording/maintaining records
a)Evaluates each child on arrival, relates each child's situation to other staff and documents relevant information in daily logs.
b)Documents and posts all dietary and allergy restrictions and any medical requirements.
c)Keeps daily attendance and records for each child (e.g. toileting charts, sleep times, meal times).
d)With co-workers participates in and conducts a parent information session in September.
e)Keeps observation, Ill Health and attendance records and ensures that administration records are up to date.
f)Observes children on an on-going basis, including for possible early learning problems and, in consultation with other program staff, keeps parents informed.
g)Prepares written evaluation of each child for internal transfer and/or for parent or external agencies.
h)Handles information calls and intake when necessary.
i)Participates in staff evaluations and program assessments.
j)Completes daily play yard inspection forms.
k)Completes indoor and playground Injury Reports
l) Participates with team in developing Learning Stories, Photo Documentation and Bulletin Board materials.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: $22.21 to $24.21 /hour
- Toddler / Preschool: 2 years (Required)