HOURS/WEEK: 40 hours per week
Our Indigenous-led EarlyOn has been extremely successful. You will have an opportunity work in the Region’s only Indigenous led EarlyON site. We are looking for a facilitator who will help us build and grow our innovative Indigenous EarlyON centre and take it to the next level. You will design and lead programs at our centre. You will work as part of the team delivering healing services to our community. The right candidate will be passionate, experienced and knowledgeable about early years centre operations. Indigenous and cultural knowledge with experience is an asset. You should bring a diversity and inclusive mindset.
EarlyON Centres support all children, parents and caregivers in learning, growing and connecting – together. This aligns with Ontario’s renewed vision for early years’ child care centres, where all children and families have access to a range of high-quality, inclusive and affordable programs and services centered around children and families, and contribute to children’s learning, development and well-being. We have an incredible centre in a park like setting and incredible resources for our programs. Visit aocan.org to see our programs and offerings or seek us out on social media.
Our Indigenous focused EarlyON uses the current ministry framework outlined in Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (Ministry of Education, 2018). The Centre’s programs are focused on meeting the needs of the diverse Indigenous population living in the Region of Waterloo by integrating Indigenous perspectives throughout our curriculum using culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy (CRRP). We believe that children thrive in programs where they and their families are valued as active participants and contributors. While our EarlyON will be open to all, we will focus on offering Indigenous and culturally specific spirit building programming in addition to traditional EarlyON programming. Basically all good ideas are implemented. We incorporate knowledge keepers (Indigenous Elders), story tellers, nature walks, gardens and art instructors into our programs. We have a nature room, a yoga/dance studio and pollinator gardens. We have family fires, bike lending libraries and many more supports for families.
Our philosophy and programs support Indigenous children, and families, to see themselves reflected in their social spaces, learning activities, and play opportunities. We are inclusive and recognize the diversity within and amongst the First Peoples who call Waterloo region home. We use several models to inform our centre’s programs including the How Does Learning Happen framework along with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Holistic Lifelong Learning Models emphasizing collaboration with Elders and Knowledge Keepers from the main cultural groups in the area. Our values are tied to the land, family and community.
We are committed to an asset model that builds spirit rather than focusing on deficiency in our systems. Our core services will include all programs traditionally found in OEYCFC. Our Indigenous programming includes, but is not limited to language and associated cultural teachings/practices with possibilities for cultural emersion, land-based learning, and positive interaction between all of our generations. We focus on a synthesized approach to science, technology, and the arts emphasizing culturally relevant and responsive settings, approaches, and outcomes.
Anishnabeg Outreach is a large and rapidly expanding Indigenous non-profit and charity organization. We have employment offices in Guelph and Kitchener. We have a rapidly growing mental health and tech mentoring program. We are dedicated to the enrichment of our Indigenous community through the development of many partnerships. Through our work, we foster belonging and spirit building, and dedicate ourselves to building a healthy and vibrant
Indigenous community every day. We know EarlyON Centres are an important piece of this work. That’s where you come in.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES REQUIRED
Applications will only be accepted from applicants currently registered with the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators and current Early Childhood Education students. Successful Candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Criminal Background Check including the Vulnerable Sector, which must be received prior to the commencement of employment. We especially encourage qualified Indigenous applicants.
- Grounded in child development knowledge and demonstrate strong observational and listening skills
- Respect the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice described by the College of Early Childhood Educators
- Plan thoughtful and engaging learning experiences for children based on the skills, abilities, and interests demonstrated by the children
- Establish and maintain collaborative, supportive relationships with children, their families, colleagues, community professionals, and other adults
- Articulate their professional philosophy of education, learning and care, and demonstrate an awareness of legislative, ethical and professional expectations
- Reflect upon their practices in order to consider how their actions support children and families
- Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous land-based learning
- Require strong communication (oral and written) skills
- Research skill and program development skills
- Recognize the need for and seek out ongoing professional development experiences in support of life-long learning
- Are warm, nurturing, flexible, respectful, and creative in their interactions with children and families
- Have respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion with regard to children, families, and colleagues
- Promote evidence-based practices and program evaluation
PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES
- Engaging parents, caregivers and children in virtual play based activities
- Planning and implementing fun age-appropriate online activities by following the children's interests
- Promoting virtual healthy food education programs that showcase healthy children snacks
- Responsible for online statistical data (i.e. attendance logs, etc.)
- Maintain a safe and engaging environment
- Developing and delivering innovative and Indigenous programs
- On-going virtual communication with parents/guardians
- Participate in staff meetings and agency meetings as required
- Attends professional development opportunities and workshops
- Report to the EarlyON Manager
If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume and cover letter, outlining how your skills, qualifications and experience meet the position requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2021
We are an equal opportunity employer. We thank, in advance, those who apply, but will contact only those who qualify for interviews. If at any stage in the selection process you require special accommodation, please let us know the nature of the required accommodation.