Registered Early Childhood Educator
Location: Not Specified
- Two year early childhood education diploma or equivalent approved by the provincial licensing process.
- Active registration with the Ontario College of ECE.
Provide a care and education program for young children and their families in a group setting under the direction of the centre’s Supervisor.
1. Plan, implement and review children’s experiences in accordance with the centre’s philosophy and program goals.
- Provide a daily balance of active/quiet, indoor/outdoor, and individual/group activities.
- Establish and carry out daily schedule that incorporates child-directed activity, care routines and transition times.
- Organize space, equipment and materials prior to activities.
- Assist children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations.
- Use a variety of teaching techniques including modeling, observing, questioning, demonstrating, reinforcing and bridging.
- Set up daily routines to take advantage of embedded learning opportunities.
- Plan and carry out activities that promote problem-solving play (pretend play, creative and constructive play, and games with rules play).
- Organize physical and social environment to extend and expand child-directed play experiences.
- Recognize and build on emergent and early literacy and numeracy activities. Encourage children’s representation of their experiences.
- Represent and document children’s activities – photos, display of children’s drawings and printing, portfolios, videos.
- Provide experiences and play materials that actively promote anti-racist and non-sexist interactions and attitudes.
- Participate in short and long term planning and the annual program review.
2. Individualize the curriculum.
- Seek out opportunities to recognize and celebrate new developmental achievements.
- Encourage and assist each child in carrying out daily routines.
- Provide daily opportunities for each child to choose to be alone.
- Engage each child individually each day.
- Observe how children use the materials and interact with each other and adults.
- Use observations to expand play, and plan activities that recognize individual differences.
- Work with resource staff and other specialists to plan, carry out and review individual program plans.
- Initiate referrals or additional services for children and parents/guardians if there are concerns about the course of development.
3. Guide children’s behaviour to promote autonomy and positive self-concept.
- Set reasonable behaviour expectations consistent with the centre’s philosophy and polices.
- Provide positive guidelines such as re-directing, positive language and reinforcement.
- Immediately address problem behaviour without labeling the child.
- Follow behaviour guidance policies established by the centre.
4. Ensure the child’s environment is healthy and safe.
- Follow the centre’s procedures for maintaining health records, hygienic routines, universal precautions, and administering medication and first aid.
- Report all accidents, injuries and illnesses to the supervisor or designate and record such incidents in the daily log, playground log, and as a serious occurrence, if necessary.
- Monitor the indoor and outdoor environments for hazards.
- Update daily on children’s allergies and other special conditions.
- Establish enjoyable daily eating routines.
- Attend to children’s physical needs for diapering, toileting, eating and sleeping, with respect and as promptly as possible.
- Report all incidents of suspected child maltreatment.
- Release children only to persons authorized by the parent/guardians.
5. Encourage and support active family involvement.
- Seek out opportunities to recognize and respect family’s child rearing practices and expert knowledge about their children.
- Complete daily information sheets appropriate for the age group.
- Discuss the program’s daily events with family member at drop-off and pick-up times.
- Guide families to activities that will allow them to participate in their children’s early learning and development.
- Accommodate the family instructions for daily care routines whenever possible.
- Encourage family members to spend time and to participate in the program throughout the day.
6. Contribute to the on-going operation of the centre.
- Follow licensing and other regulatory requirements.
- Carry out the responsibilities of the Supervisor as the designate when requested.
- Attend regular staff meetings.
- Maintain confidentiality of all information related to the centre’s children, families and staff.
- Participate in the annual performance review process.
- Plan and carry out annual plan for staff development.
- Keep up-to-date with early childhood education and advocacy developments.
- Maintain regular attendance and punctuality.