Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is accepting applications for the following position:
CFSW- Children’s Program/ Adult Program
The Family Support Worker in the Children’s Program and Adult Program -is a member of the staff team who is required to work 28 hours a week including some Saturdays as required. This position(s) works closely with other family support staff at the centre according to ‘best practice’ in Family Resource Programs and provides a safe and inclusive environment for all families. This position is reporting to the Program Managers.
- Creates and maintains a welcoming, emotionally safe, respectful and inclusive environment.
- Model positive adult-child interactions that promote intellectual, social and emotional healthy development.
- Works with other staff to coordinate, plan, implement and evaluate a full range of age and developmentally appropriate playroom activities (includes fine and gross motor activities, free and imaginative play, and family circle time).
- Ensure sign in sheets contain families required information.
- Works with children in small groups and 1-1 as appropriate to encourage optimal development.
- Creates opportunities for parents, grandparents and caregivers to acquire and practice positive parenting skills in a safe supportive environment.
- Maintains appropriate health and safety standards in the adult area and playroom.
- Works with staff team to maintain appropriate supplies and resources for the playroom.
People & Program Leadership
- Ensure the Adult Program/Children’s Program area is a welcoming, respectful, safe and inclusive environment.
- Liaises with the Program Manager in making referrals to community resources and in promoting and supporting parent-helping-parent initiatives as appropriate.
- Participates in the development and implementation of special events programs as required.
- Fulfills other duties as required to ensure running of centre programs.
Qualifications & Competencies
- Early Childhood Education Certification preferred
- Relevant degree or equivalent training and 5 years’ experience working with young children and families.
- Valid First Aid Certification
- A working knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns affecting young children 0-6 and their families. Demonstrated ‘best practice’ in supporting the healthy development of young children.
- Knowledge and ability to recognize children’s developmental needs, and to interpret these effectively and with sensitivity to parents.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills (English- oral and written).
- Must be able to work comfortably in a cross cultural, multilingual setting. Demonstrated sensitivity to diverse populations and needs.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative in projects, as well as, an ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
- Previous experience in a drop-in setting an asset.
- Knowledge and commitment to the principles and practices of Family Resource Programs and family centered care
- Ability to work in a non-structured environment
- Sensitivity to the needs of the family
- Possession of non-judgmental and genuinely positive attitudes (culture, religion, sexuality, special needs) and freedom from stereotypes
- The position is 28 hours a week including some Saturdays as required.
- Maybe required to sit on the floor, get up and down with babies in arms, and to set up and move equipment and furniture around.
Since this position works directly with children, a criminal records check is required upon hire, and a valid First Aid Certificate will also be required. The position is paid on an hourly basis, and will be eligible for extended health benefits after successful completion of probationary period.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The COVID-19 situation is evolving. Today we were notified that one of our staff has been potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus. The employee last worked on Thursday August 27th 2020.
At this time, the employee is at home in isolation until further notice with the rest of the family. So far they are experiencing no symptoms of illness.
We are taking all necessary precautions. We have closed our in-person outdoor programs until September 11th and are undertaking a deep clean of children’s toys as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
As a precautionary measure we encourage all families who attended our Thursday Drop in program to monitor themselves for symptoms and seek advice from the local health authority or 811 COVID-19 information line should you have any immediate questions or concerns.
We encourage everyone to take precautions by washing your hands frequently and by practicing physical distancing while out in public.
Thank you for your attention to this important notice.
The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society Staff and Board
- They have not been diagnosed with COVID 19 nor had any symptoms in the last ten (10) days that could be COVID 19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath etc);
- Have not been directed by Public Health to self-isolate;
- Have not arrived from outside Canada in the past fourteen (14) days,and,
- Have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID 19 case in the past fourteen (14) days.
- when arriving at work
- before and after eating or drinking
- after using the washroom facilities
- before and after handling any tools or equipment
- before putting on and removing the mask
- before putting on and removing the gloves
- coughing into a sleeve
- sneezing into a tissue
- avoid touching the face
- ensuring compliance with posted maximum capacity for the playrooms at any one time,
- screening questions to be asked of participants or others to meet threshold level to enter the office.
- Have symptoms of COVID-19 – i.e. fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache – in the last 10 days;
- Are directed by Public Health to self-isolate; or
- Have arrived from outside of Canada or who have had contact with a confirmed COVID- 19 case who must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
- immediately notify their Manager by email or phone.
- use disinfectant wipes to clean their desk, chair, keyboard and mouse, as well as, any other high- touch area before exiting the building.
- contact a friend, family member or emergency contact to pick them up if they do not feel able to get themselves home. When waiting to be picked-up, staff should wait outside the building.
- If they become ill and are in clear medical distress such that they need to be transported by ambulance to hospital, either call 911 themselves or have a staff member do so on their behalf.
- Activity schedules
- Reopening safety plan
- Physical distancing
- Infection control tips
MPFCS Anti-Racism Statement
The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society stands against racism.We stand in solidarity with people who have suffered from racial injustice. Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. We are angered and saddened by the ongoing experience of Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour within our community, and globally. We have spent the last few weeks reflecting on the persistence of systemic racism in our communities and we condemn the rise of anti-Asian racism that has occurred in light of the recent global pandemic.
We have the honour of working with families with young children from diverse backgrounds, and this is a huge opportunity for us to work forward towards change. We must recognize our role within these systems, our privilege, and our responsibility to educate ourselves and to take actions to make the world a better place for all children.
Some of our next steps include taking a critical look at our programs to identify how to make them more inclusive. We will also be collecting and sharing resources about race-based discrimination and invitingmore members of the community to join us. As we begin this work we are open to feedback and accountability. We are always listening and learning.
Sending love and peace,
MPFCS Staff and Board of Directors