Purpose of the Position
The Head Teacher is responsible for helping the Primary and Secondary Teachers deliver the day-to-day operation of the child day care facility by:
• Overseeing the delivery of the daily program
• Assuring the staff/ child ratios are met
• Following policies and procedures established by the operator
Under the direction of the Daycare Coordinator, the Head Teacher is responsible for assisting Primary Teachers in creating and overseeing a warm, nurturing environment that builds on children’s developmental assets.
Due to the vulnerability of this population, it is always critical that safety be a priority and all safety requirements be adhered to. Failure to provide adequate services resulting in an unsafe or unfit environment for children could result in personal liability for the Head Teacher.
This is a permanent full time position. It is expected that the Primary Teacher will work a flexible schedule as negotiated with the Daycare Coordinator between the hours of 7:30 am -5:45 pm, Monday to Friday. The wage for this position is starting at $25.00 per hour.
1. Maintain and deliver a daily program that meets the goals and objectives of the Yellowknife Womens Society (operator), and the daily program requirements in the Child Day Care Standards Regulations. Main duties:
a. Assist and Direct Primary Staff in the planning and implementation of activities to meet the operator’s goals and the cultural, physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs of the children in the program
b. With the Primary Teachers, develop weekly and monthly schedules of the daily program that ensure variety
c. Ensure child and staff sign-in sheets, and emergency information for children are up to date
d. Ensure menu is completed and contains nutritious snacks and lunches
e. Ensure cook is supplied with the groceries needed.
f. Ensure staff get breaks and lunch times while children have nap or quiet time
g. Advise the director of equipment and maintenance needs
h. Ensure cleaning schedules and check lists are up to date, posted, and completed so that equipment and the facility are always clean and safe
2. Ensure proper supervision of the children attending the facility.
a. Ensure that children are always supervised.
b. Coordinate with staff to ensure required staff: child ratios
3. Assist Primary staff to establish routines and procedures consistent with the operator’s policies.
a. Identify and teach positive behaviours expected of children
b. Adjust expectations to match the development levels of the children
c. Establish and teach clear routines – e.g. for snacks, outdoor play, etc.
d. Correct children using positive reinforcement
4. Ensure positive and consistent communication with teachers and parents
a. Keep parents informed of their child’s progress and participation in the daily program
b. Establish regular communication with parents – e.g. bulletin board
c. Identify opportunities for parents to be involved in the daily program, and encourage them to do so
5. Assist teachers to complete administrative tasks of the facility.
a. Ensure the children are signed in and out at arrival and departure times
b. Provide enrollment forms to parents using our Drop-in or Respite services
c. Complete accident and incident reports as required
6. Pursue ongoing professional development through appropriate courses, seminars or workshops.
7. Perform other duties as required:
a. Snack preparation
b. Cleaning duties
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Child development theories and practices
• Safe and appropriate environment and activities for children
• Relevant legislation, policies and procedures to ensure that children are always supervised and safe
• Child program development, implementation and evaluation
• An understanding of the northern cultural environment
• Problem solving and decision making
• Communicates effectively: written and verbal
• Manages stress and frustration
• Uses time efficiently
• Collaboratively team builds
• Role models
• Interacts positively and establishes relationships with children and their parents.
• Able to maintain strict confidentiality in performing duties
• Be able to interact effectively with young children
• Be able to build healthy relationships with young children and other staff
• Be respectful, reliable, and flexible
• Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
• Sound work ethics
• Be consistent and fair
• Be compassionate and understanding
• Be able to build esteem
Qualifications & Regulated Requirements
• Minimum age 19*
• Completion of a post-secondary program in Early Childhood Education or Child Development – certificate, or diploma or degree – Other education may be considered but will need special approval.
• Minimum of five years experience in childcare is an asset
• Current First Aid and infant/child CPR certifications*
• Satisfactory criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector search, completed by the RCMP*
• Statement about whether there are any outstanding criminal charges, and details*
• Up-to-date immunizations*
• Tuberculosis screening*
*required by the NWT Child Day Care Standards Regulations
• Able to give and take direction
The Yellowknife Women’s Society is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.