Substitute Early Childhood Educator

Early Learning and Child Care

Job Title:                   Substitute Early Childhood Educator

Department:      Early Learning and Child Care

Reports to:         Director YWCA Early Learning and Child Care

Classification:    Casual, Hourly

(Depending on Classification Level)

Deadline: Posted Until Filled

Location: Halifax, NS

YWCA Halifax is a progressive, multi-service, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls, two-spirited and gender diverse people and their families at critical turning points in their lives. We work to transform lives by providing a continuum of services and programs that drive lasting positive change. We strive to change the underlying issues that are root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness.

Position Summary

The Substitute Early Childhood Educator is expected to work with regular full-time ECE staff within established guidelines of the YWCA and within the policy, procedures and regulations of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Food Safety Guidelines to deliver a quality childcare program.

General Competencies

Must be a team player with skills in caring for children in a group setting. Must have a professional attitude and effective communications skills. Must demonstrate sound judgment, decision-making skills, and excellent communication skills. Work can be demanding both physically and mentally.

Role of the Early Childhood Educator

  • Work in a team setting respecting established routines for the children.
  • Provide active physical play both indoor and outdoor. Maintain playground by ensuring that fire escape routes are kept clear of toys, and debris.
  • Create a warm, pleasant, and inviting atmosphere and ensure that all areas in and out of the classroom are kept tidy, clean, and in good order.
  • Devote the whole of working time, attention, and energies to the care of the children.
  • Communicate with children with respect and at their own individual developmental level and set realistic behavior expectations.
  • Support children in developing problem and conflict-solving skills.
  • The practice of child and educator self-reflection is key to our quality program
  • Adhere to Covid-19 health and safety protocols

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Valid ECE Classification Level 1, 2 or 3 or working towards.
  • Food Handling/Safety Certificate would be an asset.
  • First Aid with Infant CPR (Level C).
  • Child Abuse Record Check.
  • Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector).

Working Conditions

  • Caring for children is physically and mentally demanding.
  • Work requires heavy lifting, bending, stooping, carrying, and reaching overhead.
  • Work may require long periods of standing or walking.
  • Work may require dealing effectively and calmly with emotional situations.

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Attn: Kerri Johnson – Director, YWCA Early Learning and Child Care. YWCA Halifax is committed to diversity, and we welcome all suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.

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