Under the supervision of the Manager, Child Care Services, the Senior Educator (Sr. Ed) provides nurturing care and education for young children in a group setting while supervising other educators. The Sr. Ed provides leadership to programming, centre operations and is the primary channel of communication between the Manager, staff, and all clients. The Sr. Ed ensures the department’s philosophy and policies, the B.C. Early Learning Framework, the BC Child Care Licensing Regulation, and related provincial regulations are maintained in the centre so that the standard of care reflects the service’s reputation for excellence. The Sr. Ed ensures the developmental needs of all children are met within a safe and healthy environment and in cooperation with families, colleagues, and community professionals.

• Provides care and early learning play experiences for children newborn – to age 5 which recognizes and responds to children’s developmental needs of well-being and belonging, exploration and creativity, languages and literacies, and social responsibility and diversity;
• Builds meaningful relationships with all children and ensures a responsive caring environment is created;
• Uses developmentally appropriate behaviour guidance strategies that encourage the development of positive self-concept;
• Plans, prepares, delivers and evaluates age-appropriate activities for children that promote their holistic development;
• Develops, and ensures compliance with, Care Plans for children requiring extra supports;
• Supervises and guides staff to ensure full participation of all team members in child care, in the centre’s operations including emergency procedures, and to ensure department policies and procedures as well as regulatory standards are adhered to;
• Ensures observations, documentation, and accurate records are kept and archived annually as per department practices and/or the BC Child Care Licensing Regulation;
• Participates in staff development including recruitment, orientation, and appraisal;
• Supervises staff and scheduling to ensure that adult/child ratios are met in accordance with the BC Child Care Licensing Regulation;
• Calls substitutes as required which can include outside regular working hours;
• Leads and supports the development of cooperative working relationships with parents, students, co-workers, College personnel, general public, and supporting agencies;
• Provides regular communication to centre staff and/or parents related to children, programming, and operational issues;
• Orients new families to the centre and ensures transitions for children are successful;
• Advocates for and engages community resources/services as necessary to support children’s and families’ needs;
• Acts as a professional model and resource person for student learners;
• Provides oversight to ELC students and maintains a supportive working relationship with ELC faculty;
• Provides leadership in addressing and resolving conflict with colleagues and clients proactively;
• Leads centre staff meetings as well as attends and participates actively in leadership, department, parent, or other meetings as required;
• Responsible for and participates in maintaining the centre environments, equipment, toys and storage areas to meet health and safety standards;
• Requests repairs or maintenance of indoor/outdoor equipment and environments as required;
• Purchases supplies and maintains an accurate petty cash record for the centre;
• Participates in ongoing, professional development;
• Performs other related duties similar in scope and complexity.

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