The teaching staff at Willowbrae Academy® are responsible for the daily care, instruction and supervision of a group of children 4 months to 12 years of age, under the direct supervision of the Director. The teaching staff is responsible for the daily planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program.
An Early Childhood Education teacher employed at Willowbrae should have a strong educational background in early childhood education, successful work experience in an early childhood setting, appropriate communication skills, the ability to design and implement relevant programs and activities, a willingness to adhere to the academy's stated philosophy, and a demonstrated commitment to professional development.
Typically, the successful applicant will have a recognized university degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent, and related work experience. A valid First Aid and Infant CPR certification are also required as well as a clear child abuse registry and criminal record check. Successful applicants may be required to complete additional courses if they do not meet all the established minimum qualifications. The selection committee reserves the right to choose an applicant who meets all or most of the above mentioned criteria. The selection committee will use both the interview and outside references in choosing the most appropriate applicant.
Required Attributes and Skills:
- Good physical strength.
- Tolerance and perseverance in dealing with the problems of children.
- A ready ability to warmly relate easily to the children.
- Ability to work closely and in harmony with supervisors and peers.
- Judgement and initiative in the early identification of program deficiencies.
- An ability to evaluate own performance and take the necessary corrective measures to fulfill their objectives.
- Strong sense of responsibility and dependability.
- Ability to handle praise or criticism and adaptability to change.
- Comfortable working with individual or groups of children.
- Caring and respectful attitude toward all persons.
- Demonstrates good judgement.
- Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability.
- Demonstrates a strong sense of ethics when dealing with children, parents, students and fellow staff, other professionals and all persons related to the academy.
- Program, and Program Management
- Health and Safety
- Guidance and Behaviour Management
- Student Supervision
- Children’s programming, development and progress
- Ensure requested data and metrics are provided accurately and timely
- welcome the family and integrate each child into the group upon arrival.
- plan for and implement daily a balance of active/ quiet, indoor/ outdoor, free structured, individual and group activities that will encourage physical, social, intellectual, emotional and sensory development at the appropriate level for each child.
- in rotation with other staff members, plan and implement weekly circle themes and related activities in which all the children can participate.
- organize and implement a variety of optional activities for various sized groups of children encompassing sensory stimulation, creative art, music and movement, science exploration and field trips in the community.
- plan and implement techniques and activities which stimulate children's curiosity, inventiveness, problem-solving and communication skills.
- organize space, equipment, and materials prior to activities.
- guide, demonstrate, and encourage children's activities throughout the day.
- provide daily for each child's need for privacy and solitary play.
- assist children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions, comments, or clarification.
- continually provides experiences which teach good health practices: physical, mental, dental, and nutritional.
- plan and provide experiences which broaden the child's sense of community to enhance learning opportunities.
- plan and provides daily activities which facilitate an understanding of other people's cultures and value systems.
- encourage and assist children daily to practice self-help skills.
- continually encourage parent involvement in the ongoing activities of the academy.
- praise and encourage each child's efforts daily by displaying work and providing meaningful commentary.
- ensure all areas of the academy are properly supervised.
- plan and implement daily an effective program, incorporating such areas as routine and transition times.
- plan and implement appropriate programs for children using observations and documentation of their progress
- notify director/ supervisor of program needs.
- continually participate as a member of the team with others in the academy, including director, teacher's aides, substitutes, students, volunteers and parents; respect each individuals ideas, opinions, and suggestions.
- ongoing reporting of any information that is relevant to the child's program
Health and Safety Responsibilities:
- have a yearly medical examination, and submits a medical form to the director indicating that health is suitable for employment and free of communicable diseases.
- keep both the inside and the outdoor play area free of debris and structural hazards, and keeps the equipment in non-hazardous condition.
- maintain a clean and healthy environment for children and adults by performing light housekeeping duties, simple repairs, and kitchen chores as required.
- implement monthly practice procedure for fire and other emergencies. ( See Fire Drill Procedures)
- assist in keeping readily accessible and current list of phone numbers for contacting parents and emergency services.
- monitor and replenish first aid supplies when used.
- record accidents and injuries to Director.
- update self-daily which children have allergies and other conditions which require special care.
- Familiarize self with all safety rules and health practices regarding the academy and the children.
- encourage child behavior and children's activities which are consistent with common safety practices.
- stop and/or redirect unsafe child behavior or incidents.
- store dangerous or poisonous materials properly.
- prevent hazardous conditions or dangerous situations.
- maintain own classroom as a safe and healthy environment, including cleaning toys and shelves and tidying area, and disinfecting any soiled areas in classroom immediately, and having tissues and soap available.
- establish daily snack/ mealtime routine that makes eating pleasant for each child
- provide clean serving and eating areas for children.
- keep environment free of garbage.
- assist with light housekeeping chores required.
- change children's wet or soiled clothing as necessary.
- check children for symptoms of common childhood conditions and illnesses.
- recognize unusual behavior or symptoms of children who are not feeling well, and inform parents staff and the director. This may include monitoring of seizures or detection of drug side effects.
- isolate immediately the child with symptoms of illness and gives adequate supervision to the child.
- within the constraints of the facility, provide adequate climatic conditions.
- report incidents of suspected abuse upon discovery as per academy and government policy.
- attend to children's physical needs, such as diapering, toileting, eating and napping.
- release children only to authorized individuals.
Why work for Willowbrae Academy:
- Large organization with solid business plan
- Competitive salary
- Competitive benefits
- New and fast growing company
- Care about staff growth and development
- Training and mentoring and support to grow
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Casual