This position does not guarantee hours of work. You will be required to submit your availability on a regular basis.
Description of Duties:
Provides early childhood education programs that meet the developmental needs of children enrolled in Region-operated children’s centres, in compliance with legislation, corporate policies and procedures, and HighScope curriculum standards and practices.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:
- Knowledge of early childhood education methods, principles, and practices; HighScope curriculum approach; inclusive practice; child development, guidance, health and nutrition; caring for children with special needs; and observation and communication techniques, acquired through a post-secondary diploma/ degree in Early Childhood Education, plus 2 years of related experience working with children 5 and under.
- Knowledge of and ability to comply with corporate policies and procedures, and related legislation, with ability to meet and maintain requirements detailed in the Child Care & Early Years Act.
- Must be a Registered Early Childhood Educator in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.
- Must provide proof and maintain a record of immunizations including TB test, as recommended by the local Medical Officer of Health.
- Must complete and maintain valid certification in standard first aid, including infant and child CPR.
- Must provide a Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check, prepared no earlier than 6 months before hire, and every 5 years thereafter, and must complete an annual offense declaration.
- Must be eligible for HighScope certification with the HighScope Educational Research Foundation within 12 months of start of employment.
- Analytical and observational skills to monitor classrooms and individual children simultaneously to provide developmental support; document behaviour and developmental observations and communication reports for parents/ guardians; and create program plans and activities.
- Communication and human relations skills to interact with children daily and adapt style to meet individual children’s needs; share information and solicit feedback/ input from parents/ guardians, team members, and other professionals; respond to questions from parents; discuss occurrences with management and team members; and participate as an effective team member.
- Ability to read professional journals/ manuals and participate in training workshops to keep knowledge current.
- Computer skills with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office to document daily observations and create reports for parents/ guardians.
- Ability to work occasionally after-hours for staff meetings, parent/ teacher meetings, training and other activities.
- Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.
We are committed to employment equity and thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.
The Region of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and supporting the well-being of our employees. We encourage qualified applicants to apply and will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.
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