Early Childhood Assistant (Childcare)

  • Contract
  • Ontario

The YMCA of Greater Toronto


Position vacancy

Closing date: June 17, 2022

Employment Type Full Time

Job ID 1785_22

Pay $35,600/year (100% time portion)

Effective : July 4, 2022

Hours Must be available to work between the hours of 7:30am – 6:00pm, 7.5 hours per day. Varying shifts.

Reports to CFD Supervisor

Location / Region YMCA Child Care at the David Braley Centre

Application Deadline June 17, 2022

Why Work for the Y?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values — kindness, well-being, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and optimism — the YMCA provides thousands of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Child & Family Development has provided quality child care in the GTA for over 50 years, and is the largest not-for-profit provider of Licensed Child Care in Canada. With more than 294 locations, we offer a variety of programs for children 0-12 years of age: Early Learning and Care (Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Nursery); Before and After School Care (Kindergarten and School Age); and Family Support programs.

The contribution of our staff in the delivery of child-centred programs is at the core of our success as a leader in early childhood education. We are committed to providing staff with the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and skills that will assist them in enhancing the experience of children and families, through our YMCA Playing to Learn and YMCA A Place to Connect curricula.

The YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum for 0-6 year olds, endorsed by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, helps children develop and grow by using play as a way to learn. This method gives our early childhood educators insight into how kids learn, which we use to build a dynamic in-class environment to meet the specific needs of the child and ensure the child’s interests help shape their learning experience.

The YMCA A Place to Connect curriculum for 6-12 year olds in YMCA Before and After School programs provides staff with the knowledge and skills to act as a mentor towards the children and help them develop life skills. This curriculum also helps shape YMCA Day Camps, Summer Club, and Overnight Camps.

Responsibilities

Understands and complies with provincial and YMCA Child Care Standards.

Plans and implements consistent child centred programs in accordance with YMCA and provincial standards.

Demonstrates a commitment to children’s learning and is responsive to research.

Cleans and sanitizes child care spaces, focusing on frequently touched surfaces, equipment, toys, and any other areas or items deemed necessary, following YMCA health and safety protocols and procedures

Understands each child and their family’s specific needs and plans for successful outcomes.

Self manages on-going professional development.

Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.

Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.

Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent training; CYW/CYC, Ontario Certified Teacher, Social Service Worker

Minimum of six months’ experience working with young children

Experience working with special needs children an asset

Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers

Excellent written communication skills

All staff working with children are required under the Child Care and Early Year’s Act to have a valid standard first aid certification including infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to the first day of work

Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity

A capacity to work within a team and be part of a large multi-service, charitable Association

Flexibility regarding assigned working hours, able to work split shifts, early morning and mid-late afternoons

The position requires the following Association Competencies: fundamental competence in Effective Interpersonal Communications; Ethics and Self-Management; being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion

How to apply

Please follow the link below to submit your application

ymcagta.org/JoinYChildCareTeam

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

If you are hired, prior to your start date and as a condition of your employment, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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