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Educational Assistant

ART is seeking an Educational Assistant to work one-on-one with our learners who need more support. The ideal candidate will have experience in discovery-based and child-led approaches and experience working with children with unique behavioral and/or developmental needs. Experience with additional specialized approaches including Montessori and Reggio Emilia, would be an asset. The EA will be part of a 3-person team that includes themselves, the Educator, and the Director. Together they will be responsible for successful operation of the At Risk Together Co-Operative Licensed Childcare Centre and Preschool.

Term: temporary, 4 months 

Hours: full-time 37.5 hrs/week

Salary: $19 up to $23/hr, dependent on certification & experience

Benefits: paid sick time

Start: immediately

open until filled

Reporting to the Director, the Educational Assistant's responsibilities and duties include

  • Protecting and promoting the psychological and physical safety, health, and well-being of each child being cared for with an understanding of the risks and challenges particular to immunocompromised families

  • Developing and maintaining a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child while attending specifically to the needs of the child(ren) they support

  • Assisting the Educator in planning and delivering daily experiences and programming

  • Assisting the Director and Educator in preparing (an) individual progress report(s) for the child(ren) they support

  • Attending to personal care duties as required (i.e. dressing, bathroom needs, personal hygiene matters, feeding etc.)

  • Assisting the Director and Educator to maintain the grounds and premises, including cleaning, snow clearing etc.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director

Qualifications and Experience

  • ECE Certification

  • Willingness to learn about issues and challenges faced by immunocompromised children/families

  • Experience with children with unique medical , developmental, and behavioural support needs preferred

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience providing opportunities for creative expression through mediums of art, dramatic play, music an asset

  • Experience in non-profit day care an asset

  • Experience with Truth and Reconciliation - informed programming an asset

Required Additional Certifications

  • First Aid Certificate

  • CPR B or C

  • Food safe certificate

  • Valid driver's license

Required Security and Safety Documentation

  • Original criminal record check (vulnerable sector) dated within 3 months of start date

  • Due to the vulnerability of the children being cared for, the successful applicant must be fully immunized (including for  COVID-19) and prepared to provide immunization records

Some notes on the work context

  • The cohort is very small (10 children)

  • Infection control protocols including screening and testing are in place

  • Masking is required

  • Outdoor learning will be a focus as maximal use of outdoors will mitigate infection risk

  • No electronic toys or screen time

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