EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
The Early Childhood Educator will provide a quality, caring, and supportive child care program to children aged 3 to 5 years while addressing the unique child care needs of the military family. This position will meet all regulatory standards required by federal, provincial, and municipal governments, and operate within the Occupational Standards for Early Childhood Educators and the Code of Ethics of British Columbia. This position reports to the Child Care Supervisor.
- Plan, carry out, and continually evaluate developmentally appropriate activities and experiences in harmony with the Centre’s philosophy.
Provide a daily balance of child and educator directed active/quiet, indoor/outdoor, and individual/group activities
Plan, establish and carry out a daily activity schedule that incorporates child directed activity, care routines and transition times
Organize space, equipment and materials before activities. Cleaning up after activities.
Assist children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations
Use a variety of teaching techniques including modeling, observing, questioning, demonstrating, and positive reinforcement
Encourage and assist children to practice self-help daily
Plan and carry out experiences that foster an understanding of diversity, a variety of cultures and value systems
Provide opportunity for child directed play experience
Plan and carry out activities that encourage problem solving
Provide experiences and play materials that actively promote diversity and acceptance in interactions and attitudes
Practice inclusion in providing support to children with special needs.
Participate in short and long term planning and evaluation and staff program reviews
Learn and use the activities and skills provided to assist children in developing the necessary coping skills for addressing unique life issues
Record developmental concerns/behaviour observed in children.
- Individualize the curriculum, incorporating aspects supportive of military lifestyle.
Observe how children use materials and interact with each other and adults
Use observations to expand play and plan activities that recognize individual responses to deployment and relocation.
Initiate referrals or additional services for parents and children
Complete Caring for the Military Child training.
- Ensure guidance of children’s behaviour that encourages positive self-concept.
Set reasonable behaviour expectations consistent with center’s philosophy and policies
Provide positive guidelines such as redirecting, positive language, and positive guidance.
Immediately address behaviour without labeling the child
Follow behaviour guidance and policies established by the centre and consistent with accepted practice in the field
- Maintain knowledge and understanding of the services offered by the MFRC to facilitate referrals or additional services for parents and children.
- Ensure the child’s environment is healthy and safe.
Follow the centre’s procedures for administering medications and maintaining health records. Document any health concerns on individual children.
Report all accidents, injuries and illnesses to the supervisor or delegate and record such incidents in the daily log book and as a serious occurrence if necessary
Monitor the environment for hazards
Update self daily on children’s allergies and other special conditions
Establish and encourage daily healthy eating routines for the children
Attend to children’s physical needs for toileting, diapering, eating and sleeping as promptly as possible
Report all incidents of child abuse and neglect to the supervisor and follow centre procedure and government regulations
Release children only to authorized persons
- Ensure positive communication with parents.
Discuss the programs daily events and the child’s daily progress with parents
Accommodate the parent’s instructions for daily routines when possible within group routines
Encourage parents to participate whenever possible
- Contribute to the ongoing operations and development of the Centre, and the organization as a whole.
Follow licensing requirements
Carry out the responsibilities assigned to you
Attend regular staff meetings
Maintain confidentiality of all information related to the centre’s children, their parents, and staff
Participate in the annual performance review process
Contribute to annual plan for the centre
Plan and carry out annual personal development
Keep up to date with early childhood advocacy developments
Maintain regular attendance and punctuality
- Promote the Centre within the community.
Actively participate in MFRC staff activities whenever possible
Maintain a positive working relationship with other MFRC staff and others who work within the building
Competencies and Behaviours:
In order to successfully meet the requirements of the position, the following competencies and behaviours must be consistently demonstrated:
Belief in and practice of the mission and goals of the program
Ability to build trust and positive relationships with families in the program.
Act as a role model of appropriate behaviour
Ability to work cooperatively as a member of the Child Care Team, facilitating a team environment through personal behaviour, work contributions, and the sharing of expertise and knowledge
Participation in the development of ideas for program enhancement.
Flexibility and adaptability
Child-centered approach with recognition and appreciation of the uniqueness of the individual
Support of the child and family to assist with the achievement of positive outcomes
Energetic, resilient, and exhibiting a good sense of humour when personal resources are challenged
Effective interpersonal skills presented in a positive manner under all circumstances
A high degree of personal initiative with good evaluative and organizational skills
Continuing personal and professional development in related areas
Actively incorporates volunteers and practicum students into the program area
Ability to meet physical requirements of the profession
Desired Knowledge, Experience, and Education
Valid Provincial Early Childhood Educator’s (ECE) License to Practice or Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA)
Valid First Aid Certification and Level ‘C’ CPR
Up-to-date Attorney General’s Criminal Record Review
Documentation in accordance with Community Care Facilities Branch licensing requirements
Knowledge and understanding of the issues that affect children of military families
Excellent interpersonal skills with parents, community members, fellow staff, and building personnel
A mature sense of responsibility and accountability with respect to your profession
Proficiency in French considered an asset
Work can be both physically and mentally demanding
Exposed to a high energy, hectic and noisy environment
Work requires heavy physical effort for lifting, bending, stooping, carrying and reaching overhead – must be able to lift infants and toddlers weighing up to thirty-five (35) pounds and sit on the floor, bend at the waist, kneel and/or stoop 75% of the time.
Work may require long periods of standing or walking
Work is done both inside and outside, in varying types of weather
May be exposed to, in the form of contact with bodily fluids and waste and requires specific safety precautions to prevent health problems or injury
Work requires dealing with emotionally volatile situations
Shifts are rotating and dependent upon the needs of the program
Shifts may extend depending upon the needs of the program (i.e., ratio)
There may be some stairs involved in the physical location of the position. Not all locations are wheelchair accessible.
Exposure to communicable illnesses, such as colds and viruses.