Hours of Work: 37.5/ Week Status: Permanent Full Time
Reports To: Daycare Director
Purpose of the Position
The Primary Staff Teacher is responsible for helping the supervisor with the day-to-day operation of the child day care facility by:
- Assisting in the delivery of the daily program
- Supervising children
- Following policies and procedures established by the operator
Under the direction of the Daycare Coordinator, the Primary Teacher is responsible for 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 Primary Teacher.
- 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:
- Plan and implement activities to meet the operator’s goals and the cultural, physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs of the children in the program
- With the Daycare Head Teacher, develop weekly and monthly schedules of the daily program that ensure variety
- Keep parents informed of program expectations, program activities, and their child’s progress
- Ensure the provision of nutritious snacks and lunches
- Ensure the provision of adequate rest, nap, or quiet time
- Advise the operator of equipment and maintenance needs
- Ensure equipment and the facility are always clean and safe
- Supervise the children attending the facility. Main duties:
- Ensure that children are always supervised.
- Coordinate with staff to ensure required staff: child ratios
- Establish routines and procedures consistent with the operator’s policies.
- Identify and teach positive behaviours expected of children
- Adjust expectations to match the development levels of the children
- Establish and teach clear routines – e.g. for snacks, outdoor play, etc.
- Correct children using positive discipline
- Communicate with parents regularly and encourage their participation. Main duties:
- Keep parents informed of their child’s progress and participation in the daily program
- Establish regular communication with parents – e.g. bulletin board
- Identify opportunities for parents to be involved in the daily program, and encourage them to do so
- Assist with administrative tasks of the facility. Main duties:
- Ensure the children are signed in and out at arrival and departure times
- Provide enrollment forms to parents using our Drop-in or Respite services
- Complete accident and incident reports as required
- Pursue ongoing professional development through appropriate courses, seminars or workshops.
- Perform other duties as required: Main duties:
- Snack preparation
- Cleaning duties
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
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
- Able to take direction
Caring for children can be physically demanding. The Primary Teacher may be lifting and/or carrying children and equipment and may spend time sitting on the floor or child sized furniture.
The Primary Teacher will be expected to clean and maintain equipment and the facility and may move throughout the community with children. The Primary Teacher may come in contact with children who are ill and/or contagious and must take precautions to ensure the health and safety of all children, parents, staff and themselves.
The Primary Teacher will be working in a busy and occasionally noisy environment. There may be several activities and situations happening at once, and the Primary Teacher will have to ensure all children are always supervised.
The Primary Teacher may experience smells associated with toileting and children who are ill. There may be times that the environment is noisy and busy.
Caring for children can be stressful and frustrating. The Primary Teacher must help ensure that children are always supervised, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities within a caring environment. There may be several situations happening at once, and the Primary Teacher must be prepared to handle or assist in handling accidents and emergencies at any time.