Early Childhood Educator & Special Needs Assistant
You will be given the opportunity to support children and their families to reach their full potential and to succeed and thrive. You will support families to help themselves by providing opportunities for them to learn, develop social networks, and access concrete support and appropriate upstream family-centered programs and services.
In addition, you will support our very popular Reggio Kids! Pre-K and Preschool program serving children aged 3-5 years old. Our team includes a program director, three certified early childhood educators and additional support staff to support our small class size of 20 students. Our outstanding teacher-student ratio helps to make our program both rich in learning opportunities and intimate in scope.
Through the adoption of a strength-based empowerment model, you will partner with families and communities to meet expressed needs. With training, support, and mentorship, you will focus on the promotion of wellness and the use of upstream programs. You will do this by using an ecological lens that recognizes the interdependent nature of individuals, families, and communities and the impacts of the social determinants of health. Finally, you will work to strengthen resiliency to help improve the physical, mental, social, and intellectual health and well-being of individuals (infants, children, and adults), families, and communities.
The Nuts & Bolts:
To carry out this important work, in concert with your team, you will coordinate and facilitate the following programs and services:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the position’s responsibilities are as follows:
- Support the team in delivering a variety of programs and services. Visit us here (https://www.familyplacepei.com/) to learn more about our programs and services.
- Support the team in program planning, implementation, and supervision of children both indoors and outdoors as part of our Reggio Kids Pre-K program (L4466).
- Support students who have special needs, providing one-on-one learning, and leading students in activities to help with their development.
- Facilitate IBI training with a student with autism. IBI training will be paid for by PEI Department of Education and training hours allotted.
- Teach in both full class and individualized settings.
- Foster personal growth in all students, empathizing with children who have unique and varied experiences and viewpoints.
- Create and implement age-appropriate emergent curriculum plans and activities for young children.
- Provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow.
- Foster social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development through play, provocations and learning invitations.
- Maintain open and effective communication with the executive director, parents, and families.
- Monitor and assess children's progress and provide feedback to parents.
- Collaborate with other teachers and staff to create a cohesive learning environment.
- Ensure the classroom is clean, organized, and stocked with necessary supplies.
- Follow all licensing regulations and maintain proper documentation.
- Other duties as required by the Executive Director.
- Must enjoy working with and supporting children and families.
- High degree of initiative, able to prioritize tasks and multiple activities while meeting deadlines.
- Motivated and eager to develop your knowledge base through continuous learning (formal and informal).
- Work effectively as a team player.
- Self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Advanced inter and intrapersonal skills.
- Exceptional organizational skills.
Formal Education/Experience Required:
- Minimum of 2 years of experience working with young children in an early childhood education setting is preferred, but not required.
- Knowledge of child development principles and best practices in early childhood education.
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
- Ability to create engaging emergent curriculum plans and activities that promote learning and development.
- Patience, compassion, and a genuine love for working with young children.
- Knowledge of family support principles (training is provided).
- First Aid & CPR – or willingness to obtain.
- Food Safety Course– or willingness to obtain.
- Criminal record check & vulnerable record check.
- ECE certification levels (1, 2, 3, or supervisor) is an asset. Paid training opportunities for certification level 1 are available.
About this Job:
- We offer competitive pay based on experience, as well as benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, professional development opportunities, and a supportive work environment. If you are passionate about early childhood education and making a positive impact on young lives, we would love to hear from you.
- Location: Family Place, Summerside, PE. Outreach locations in Kensington and Borden-Carleton. Mileage covered.
- Terms of Employment: Part-time 20 hours per week. Afternoons Monday-Friday 12:30-4:30 or 12:00-4:00 p.m.
- Wage Range $14.75 – $27.00: Commensurate with credentials and experience. Wage is determined by our wage grid which is based on the provincial wage grid for certified ECE’s.
- Paid program planning time (up to 2 half days per week), family-friendly policies, paid sick leave, paid personal days, healthy living allowance, paid training, and co-pay Blue Cross. Note: benefits commence after the probationary period is satisfactorily completed and are restricted to permanent staff.
- Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible.
How to Apply:
- Qualified applicants should forward an electronic resume and cover letter to Family Place by email [email protected] snail mail to Family Place, 75 Central Street, Summerside, PE, C1N 3L2 attention: Laura Quinn Graham, Executive Director.
- No phone calls or walk-ins.
- Include a cover letter and up-to-date resume.
- You must be entitled to work in Canada (work permit, student permit, permanent resident or Canadian citicenship).
- Closing Date: September 29, 2023. Applications are being processed as they are received and individuals hired so apply early.
- We appreciate all applications, however, due to the volume of applications, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
Family Place is a non-profit, charitable organization that exists to provide a comprehensive range of free pre and postnatal, family support, parent education, and child development programs and services to families with children from conception to 12 years living in East Prince County and PEI. Particular focus is aimed at reducing barriers to accessing services and reaching families who are experiencing additional life challenges.
About our Reggio Kids Pre-K Program:
We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach which values, respects, and challenges young children while nurturing their curiosity, creativity, and relationships. We value parents as the first and most important teachers of their children, the importance of community, open-ended play and inquiry, and the ever-evolving interests of the child.
We use a variety of authentic play materials including ‘intelligent materials’ and ‘loose parts’ which are primarily recycled and natural materials that have the power to bring about complex play and transient creations, can be moved around, tinkered with, designed and redesigned, and provide endless opportunities for creative engagement and inquiry.
Transitions are kept to a minimum so that we can embrace the gift of time and allow the students to become invested in meaningful play, explorations, processes, interactions with open-ended materials, socially engaging with their peers and teachers. Our work and all that we do is driven by curiosity, wonderment, joy, and connection.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Family Place is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $15.00-$27.00 per hour
Expected hours: 15 – 25 per week
Flexible Language Requirement:
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Summerside, PE C1N 3L2: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)
- Secondary School (preferred)
Work Location: In person
Application deadline: 2023-12-22