Job Description

Fernwood NRG is seeking an experienced, team-oriented, enthusiastic, and compassionate candidate to lead our Infant/Toddler Program.

The ideal candidate shares our family-centred approach and is passionate about nature based, emergent curriculum.  They are patient, enthusiastic, team oriented, and compassionate. Self-awareness of personal values, biases and the ability to see how these affect your practice are fundamental to be able to succeed in this role.

Fernwood NRG strives to create inclusive, welcoming programming that responds to the needs of our community. We believe our team’s ability to deliver great care for local families is strengthened by building a staff team with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQI2S+, low income, and/or as holding other historically marginalized identities.

Role Purpose

The Infant/Toddler Educator Team Lead is responsible for overseeing the Infant Program, supporting families, staff, and children’s day to day success in the centre.

This leadership position leads educators in delivering high quality care in accordance with our philosophy and to develop and implement developmentally appropriate emergent curriculum, while ensuring the health and safety of all children are met through Child Care Licensing Regulations and Fernwood NRG Child Care policies.

Reports to: Director of Childcare

Management status: Supervisor

Team Size: This role leads a team of 2 educators (including Team Lead) and is supported by the Director of Childcare and the Child Care Programs Manager.

Hours/work schedule: Full time position up to a maximum of 40 hrs/week, Monday-Friday. Scheduled shifts may fall between 7:30am- 5:30pm.

Work location(s): 1240 Gladstone Ave.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Up to $25.00/hr dependant on experience and qualifications.
  • This facility is enrolled in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative, due to this all ECE/ITE are eligible for a $2.00 Wage Enhancement on top of the hourly wage.
  • After 3 months of employment, you are eligible for 10 paid sick days and 2 paid personal days annually.
  • After 6 months of successful employment, you are eligible for extended health benefits including dental, vision, paramedicals (e.g. registered massage therapy), and life insurance.
  • After 6 months of successful employment, you are eligible for priority placement of your own children (biological or adopted) in Fernwood NRG’s child care programs (currently for ages 8 months to 12 years) when a space becomes available.
  • Paid professional development days.
  • As a perk of working with Fernwood NRG, staff have access to staff discounts on select recreational programs and enjoy free staff lunches and snacks.

General Responsibilities

  • Ensures the health and wellbeing of the children by being supportive, caring and present.
  • Provides leadership and direction within a team of educators.
  • Primary point of contact for parents and guardians.
  • Administrative and coordination duties, including but not limited to: Maintenance of children’s files, communication with parents/guardians, inventory of supplies and materials.
  • Promotes social-emotional wellbeing of all by identifying and labeling emotions in self and others.
  • Designs supportive, emergent and inclusive environments.
  • Promotes a child’s social-emotional development through individual observations and activities.
  • Establishes and implements clear appropriate rules, limits, and guidelines for developmentally appropriate behaviour.
  • Builds and maintains professional working relationships with parents/guardians and co-workers.
  • Assists with daily cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift and move chairs, cots, mats, etc. (up to 30lbs).
  • Ability to work positively in a busy and loud environment.
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, run occasionally, crouch and bend frequently.


Requirements & Qualifications
Please do not apply if you do not have (or couldn’t have by the time you started work) these qualifications/requirements.

  • Must hold a current BC ITE or ECE Certificate.
  • Minimum 1 year experience working in an Infant/Toddler Program.
  • Current First Aid Certified.
  • Familiar with, or ability to quickly gain familiarity with, BC Child Care Licensing Regulations.
  • Ability to work very well in team settings.
  • Ability to work positively in a shared work environment.
  • Ability to appreciate diversity, different opinions, lived experiences, backgrounds, and personality types.
  • Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing with parents/caregivers, children, and colleagues in a primarily English-language context.
  • Ability to problem-solve and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to follow instructions and willingness to assume and carry out assigned tasks and to be accountable for results and actions, including quality of work.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the importance of client confidentiality.
  • Dependable, including the ability to maintain good attendance, be reliable and punctual.
  • Professional, responsive, with a positive work attitude.



Please apply even if you do not have any/many of the below assets. We are happy to support you in developing these skills and attributes.

  • Leadership and/or management experience (paid or volunteer)
  • Experience with managing confidential information
  • Experience communicating orally and in writing with empathy and clarity
  • Experience building professional, trusting relationships with parents, caregivers, and/or young children
  • Experience resolving miscommunications and interpersonal conflicts
  • Strong emotional self-awareness and desire to strengthen your skills
  • Oral communications skills in languages spoken in our neighbourhood other than English, e.g. Japanese, Arabic, French
  • Experience building strong relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and/or Nations, particularly in the context of children and youth
  • Experience building strong relationships across differences in ethnicity, income level, gender identity, sexual orientation, spiritual/religious beliefs, physical and mental ability, and culture
  • Additional training and/or lived experience of infant and toddler development and wellbeing
  • Roots in/connection to the Fernwood community
  • Knowledge of local family-friendly resources, activities, and supports


Other Requirements

Candidates who progress through our selection process will be required to provide the following before an employment agreement is finalized.

  • Must provide a record of immunization status.
  • Must provide two professional references.
  • The successful candidate will need to undergo a criminal record check for working with children and vulnerable adults.

To apply: email

About Fernwood NRG

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group serves the Fernwood neighbourhood by:

  • supporting individuals and families with affordable, high quality services and housing,
  • increasing food security through improving access to affordable, high quality food,
  • playing an active role in developing the neighbourhood economy, and
  • engaging the neighbourhood through activities, events and communications.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) peoples on whose traditional territory Fernwood NRG stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The Fernwood area is defined as the geographical area within the City of Victoria which is south of Hillside Avenue, west of Shelbourne Street, west of Chestnut Street, north of Fort Street, and east of Blanshard Street.