Employment Opportunity (1)
Job Title: Lead Early Childhood Educator
Program: Circles of Care and Connection
Reports To: Program Manager
Our Mission & Vision
Our Mission: Inspiring families to build caring relationships with each other, their neighbours and the broader community.
Our Vision: A vibrant, joyful child and family community where families connect, share, learn and grow.
Circle of Care and Connections Objectives
CCC provides intensive early childhood and family-focused settlement and developmental support to young refugee children (0-6) and their parents/caregivers that enhance successful integration into their communities.
The Lead Early Childhood Educator is a member of the staff team responsible for planning and implementing the Welcome to Canada ECD program for refugee families. The position works closely with child and family support settlement workers and other staff to provides a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all participants.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Plans, implements, and evaluates a full range of age and developmentally appropriate activities that are inclusive and stimulating for all children (includes fine and gross motor activities, free and imaginative play, family circle time).
- Creates and maintains a welcoming, emotionally safe, respectful and inclusive environment
- Liaises with CFSW in making referrals to community resources
- Works with staff team to maintain appropriate supplies and resources for the playroom
- Models positive adult-child interactions that promote intellectual, social and emotional healthy development.
- As part of staff team works collaboratively with other community agencies as required
- Participates in the development and implementation of special events programs as required
- Fulfills other duties as required
- Carry out routines/curriculum of the program
- Ensure safety and overall well-being of all children in care
- Establish positive relationships with families and their children
- Lead with cleaning and tidying duties and maintains appropriate health and safety standards in the playroom
- ECE certificate from BC ECE Registry
- Valid First Aid Certificate
- Clear Criminal Record Check
- Signed Medical Practitioner Statement regarding your physical and emotional suitability to care for/work with children
- Up to date BC Immunization and Tuberculosis records
- Experience and knowledge of early childhood development
- Strong leadership and organizational skills
- Ability to take initiative as well as to be flexible and make on the spot decisions depending on the needs of the program
- A combination of experience and training working with refugee and immigrant
- Excellent oral and written English language skills
- Comfortable working with clients with little or no English
- A second language is an asset
- This is a 30 hours per week position until March 2017 (or beyond dependent on funding)
- Competitive salary with an excellent benefits package
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.