Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is accepting applications for the following position:
FSW-Adult Program/Children’s Program– Casual
The Family Support Worker in the Adult Program and Children’s Program-is a member of the staff team who is required to work on call M-Thu and 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 Manager.
- 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, 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 a casual/on call position.
- On call for M-Thu and 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.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.