About the Position:
The Fort Smith Daycare Society provides childcare for children up to age six. There are 21 spots available in the facility. The society is committed to providing a cheerful, safe, respectful and fun environment with a focus on learning social skills and self-confidence.
The Early Childhood Educator will provide high quality childcare in a group setting that meets the diverse needs and promotes optimum physical, emotional, social, cognitive and intellectual development of the children in their care.
Applicants should have above average verbal and written communication, interpersonal skills, ability to multi-task, time management, organizational abilities. Proven skills in early childhood education and childhood development are required. Knowledge of computer programs such as word processing, email, and internet programs are also recommended. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills are essential.
Typically the knowledge, skills and abilities required would be acquired through the completion of a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and 2-5 years of experience in the field of childcare, and 1 year of experience working within an Aboriginal/cross-cultural environment.
- Plans a stimulating, developmentally appropriate program in accordance with organizational and legal guidelines which incorporates learning experiences meeting both group and individual children's needs.
- Provides supervision of the children; implements program plans on a daily basis; prepares appropriate materials and equipment and sets up areas for planned activities; provides a welcoming and nurturing environment.
- Guides and assists children’s behavior.
- In activities, routines and transition times.
- Teaches appropriate skills and implements positive behavior guidance through modeling, mediating, observing, demonstrating and reinforcing; implements therapy suggestions as required.
- Facilitates appropriate language, conflict resolution, empathy, problem solving and coping skills.
- Uses and implements natural or logical consequences.
- Protects children from physical and emotional harm.
- Attends to physical needs of children; instructs and assists in developing self-care skills such as washing, dressing, toileting, and eating.
- Performs additional duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.
- Evaluates program and development of individual children; observes, assesses and records children's progress and behavior and recommends group program and teaching modifications to better meet needs; identifies special needs which may require referral.
- Maintains a healthy and safe environment; administers and maintains records of medication and first aid; records and reports accidents and serious occurrences; operates and ensures safety of all equipment.
- Ensures positive communication with families through regular verbal and written contact regarding program, children's progress, opportunities for involvement, special concerns and family needs; conducts parent/teacher interviews, case conferences as required.
- Participates in professional development through education and training, both in-house and external and keeps up to date with developments in the field.
- Supervises, trains and evaluates students and assists with the supervision, training and evaluation of support staff and volunteers.
- Respects confidentiality and relates to parents, children and other staff members in a professional and ethical manner.
- The ideal candidate has an Early Childhood Education diploma or recognized equivalent.
- Minimum two years’ experience working within an early childhood group setting.
- Valid Standard First Aid and Level “C” CPR.
- Satisfactory criminal records check including a vulnerable sector check.
- Valid class 4 / 5 driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Proven ability to work as a part of a team and works closely with other team members.
- Sensitivity and respect for individual and cultural differences
- Adequate energy level and ability to meet the physical demands of the job.
- An additional language would be an asset.
- Effective decision making skills.
- Effective communication skills
- An understanding of the northern cultural environment.
- Self- care and stress management skills.
- Time management skills
- Proactive, responsible, prompt and reliable attendance at work.
- Flexible, patient, professional, and appropriate personal appearance and attire.
- Is consistent and fair, respectful, compassionate and understanding of others.
- Caring for children can be physically demanding. The Early Childhood Educator may be lifting and carrying children and equipment, and may spend time sitting on the floor or child sized furniture.
- The Early Childhood Educator will be expected to clean and maintain equipment and facility, and may move throughout the community with children.
- The Early Childhood Educator 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 Early Childhood Educator works in a noisy and busy environment with regular interruptions requiring the ability to change priorities quickly and tolerate stress.
- Regular business hours with limited requirement for evening and weekend work.
- Regular outdoor work is required, including during inclement weather.
The Primary Early Childhood Educator 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. The Early Childhood Educator must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. There may be a number of situations happening at once, and the Early Childhood Educator must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.