Job Title: Early Childhood Educator
Reports to: Childcare Manager
Team: Daycare Team
Location: 4351 West Saanich Road
Authority Level: Frontline
Date: January, 2021

Organization Overview
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island has been supporting people in need on Vancouver Island since 1916, and we celebrated our 100th anniversary on September 27th, 2016. Focused on impacting the lives of people affected by poverty, the Society offers emergency relief services while maintaining a focus and commitment to addressing the root causes that contribute to poverty in our communities. The Society currently provides 128 units of supportive and affordable housing, including the additional 42 units that came online in September 2016 with the opening of Rosalie’s Village in Saanich. Saint Vincent de Paul provides a wide range of community supports through the Social Concern Program including a food bank, home visit program, education, training, and emergency rent/utility payments. Through the Ozanam Centre, the Society operates a community integration program for persons with developmental disabilities, helping people achieve a higher quality of life. Believing in sustainable development, the Society operates 4 thrift stores that contribute to both financial sustainability and the provision of clothing and household items to those in need. More than 200 people make up the Society membership, supported by more than 300 volunteers and 75 staff.

Position Overview
The Early Childhood Educator will provide a quality caring and supportive childcare program to young children in a group setting, under the supervision of the manager, in accordance with the goals and curriculum plans of the centre and the philosophy and policies of Mary’s Place Childcare Centre.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Responsible for the constant supervision, safety, and well-being of the children.
• Recognize and respond to the needs of each child by using developmentally appropriate teaching and child behaviour management techniques.
• Share in the responsibility for planning, preparing, and implementing stimulating, age-appropriate activities that encourage children’s creativity and learning and promote each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
• Participate fully and consistently as a conscientious team member in caring for the children and in the overall operation of the program and Centre; maintain regular and open communication with program team members and all other co-workers
• Ensure positive communication with parents; discuss the programs daily events and the child’s daily progress with parents.
• Share responsibility for maintaining the safety of the environment, the equipment, and storage areas, both indoor and outdoor.
• Engage in positive collaboration with the other programs and early childhood educators of the Centre in coordinating the effective use of equipment, facilities, and personnel.
• Encourage and assist children to practice self-help skills.
• Ensure guidance of children’s behavior that encourages positive self-concept.
• Report all incidents of child abuse to the manager and follow Centre procedure and government regulations.
• Participate in ongoing professional development.
• Participates in the supervision, training and mentoring of students and supply teachers.
• Participate in the development of new ideas and methods for program enhancement and be able to adjust and adapt to changes.
• Maintain confidentiality of all information related to the Centre’s children, their parents and staff.
• Willingness to attend meetings and events after hours.
• Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the manager or coordinator.

WorkSafe BC Employee Responsibility
• Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times. Use the protective clothing, devices, and equipment provided. Co-operate with joint occupational health and safety committees, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafe BC prevention officers, and anybody with health and safety duties.
• Be alert to hazards. Report them immediately to your supervisor or employer. Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times. Get treatment quickly should an injury happen on the job and tell the health care provider that the injury is work-related.
• Other assigned duties, as required.

Desired Qualifications
• Diploma in Early Childhood Education
• Current BC License to Practice (Mandatory)
• First Aid Certification
• Understanding of The Community Care Facilities Branch licensing requirements
• Adherence to the ECE of BC Code of Ethics
• Mature and responsible attitude towards work and co-workers
• An understanding of the issues that affect children and their families
• One – two years of experience working in an Early Childhood Centre
• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with children, parents, and community members
• Experience working with children with mental and physical disabilities and the community supports available
• Willingness to work flexible hours
• Willingness to attend meetings and events after hours
• Understanding of the Mission and Values of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
• General office management skills
• Will be required to successfully obtain a Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check clearance letter prior to commencing employment

email: spaetz@svdpvictoria.com