Position Title: Child Care Educator/Team Leader
Responsible to: Executive Director
The Child Care Educator/Team Leader reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for ensuring that all activities within her/his playroom reflect the mission, vision and values of the centre. This includes maintaining high quality programming for children, acting as a coach and mentor to other room staff; ensuring regular communication with families; as well as administrative duties required for the day-to-day operation of the child care playroom.
- Ensures that the children’s program reflects the mission and philosophy of the child care centre.
- Works with the child care team to ensure that the environment is safe, attractive, developmentally appropriate, stimulating and culturally affirming.
- Works with the child care team to plan and provide curriculum that is stimulating, developmentally appropriate and culturally affirming.
o Conducts weekly planning meetings with staff
o Invites and uses cultural input in planning
o Plans curriculum that systematically supports the learning of home languages
o Ensures that written plans are prepared and posted weekly
- Establishes appropriate routines and ensures positive guidance practices in accordance with the guidance policy.
- Ensures regular documentation of children’s activities. Maintains files for each child with documentation of child’s work. Shares these with families on a regular basis. Ensures that confidentiality is maintained with respect to the storage of children’s files and the sharing of information
- Works directly with the children, modeling best practice for child care staff.
- Completes proper forms related to child health and safety (e.g. accident/incident reports, medication forms)
- Ensures that Child Care Educators are aware of allergies and special concerns of all children and that they know where emergency medications are kept .
- Orients and supervises child care staff and volunteers; modeling, coaching and enforcing best practice.
- Participates in the hiring of child care staff for the room s/he supervises.
- Provides feedback and input to the Executive Director for performance appraisals on each Child Care Educator s/he supervises.
- Uses input from FCS Coordinator, families and children to plan and provide culturally affirming curriculum.
- Keeps families informed as to classroom activities.
- Provides families with documentation of their children’s activities.
- Invites family and community participation in the program
- Ensures that families feel comfortable in the program and that new children and families are welcomed.
- Ensures that the Centre is in full compliance with all licensing, safety regulations and accreditation requirements.
- Works with the staff toward achieving and maintaining accreditation status in all areas related to programming.
- Conducts program related assessments, evaluations and reports to effectively deliver and evaluate the program.
- Participates in research activities that support the unique nature of the program
- Recommends staff development activities to the Executive Director
- Fills in as requested in the absence of the Executive Director
- Debriefs and follows up on critical incidents in conjunction with the Executive Director to provide support, ensure that proper protocol was followed, and minimize future incidents.
- In emergency situations, accesses appropriate medical intervention for children (within the limits of regulation and parental permission)
- Monitors equipment and rooms to ensure that safety protocols are being followed for optimum protection of children, staff and others.
- Other duties as required.
Position Specific Requirements
- A degree or diploma in Early Learning and Care or comparable field of study from a recognized college or university. (Level 3 child care certification)
- Knowledge of all relevant legislation, policies and procedures to ensure that children are supervised and safe at all times
- An understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of interculturalism in a child care setting (experience in an intercultural environment an asset)
- Knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and communities (diversity of race, class, age gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, ability, etc.)
- Standard Child Care First Aid
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word,
- A collaborative, team-building approach
- A skilled communicator with strong verbal and written communication skills
- Respectful, culturally aware and sensitive in interactions with all children, staff and families.
- Flexible, consistent and fair when interacting with children, families and colleagues.
Expectations for All Centre Employees
- Be deeply committed to, and work to realize, the mission, vision and values of the Centre
- Possess cultural humility and a desire to build understanding among culturally diverse individual and communities
- Work in compliance with the safety practices, policies and procedures of the child care
- Establish harmonious working relationships with colleagues; e.g. through open and collaborative communication.
- Exercise judgment appropriately in completing tasks
- Bring forward situations thought to be inappropriate or inconsistent with the Intercultural Child Care and Family Resource Centre’s policies and values.
- Provide information (e.g. ideas for improvement) believed to be helpful to improve one’s own work or the work of the organization.
- Acquire and increase the skills and knowledge required for the position
- Works with colleagues to ensure that the Centre is in full compliance with all licensing, safety regulations and accreditation requirements.
- Maintain appropriate lines of communication and convey sensitivity to the complexities of the working environment.
Expectations for Child Care Educator/Team Leader Position
- Maintain the Intercultural Child Care and Family Resource Centre’s framework for vision, mission and values.
- Promote relationship-based practice by creating a warm, inclusive environment where children have experiences that are affirming and stimulating and where the talents and skills of room staff and families are utilized and honored.
- Increase the skills of room staff by modeling, mentoring and coaching.
- Constantly work to increase her/his understanding and skills particularly around creating a culturally affirming program and supporting home language.
- Have a warm, open manner and a good energy level
- Be comfortable communicating and collaborating with staff and families of diverse cultures and languages
- Have strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills.
Wage: Competitive salary
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Location: 9538 – 107 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0T7
How to Apply:
Interested applicants are requested to submit a resume and covering letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to idboard at mchb.org prior to Feb. 1, 2013 (or until suitable candidate is found).
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Please note that qualified candidates may be considered for other vacant positions within the Centre.