Introduction

Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE or OCT, CYW,SSW, ECA)

Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE or OCT, CYW,SSW, ECA)

Website YMCA of Greater Toronto

Why Work For Our Charity?

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 300 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.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is looking to hire dedicated and passionate child care professionals to join our growing team.  The Y is recognized as a top employer in the GTA and a top employer of young people in Canada, and our staff is the core of our success!

Required Availability

Supply candidates must have at least three afternoons of availability to work weekly (Monday to Friday) from 2:00-6:00pm to be considered for a position.  Morning and full day shifts also arise should staff have this availability.

YMCA Child Care utilizes an interactive web-based system, ShiftMatch, which allows supply staff the flexibility to determine their own schedules by entering their availability and selecting the YMCA locations where they would like to work.

Part-Time Hourly candidates must be available to work Monday to Friday, between approximately 2:30-6:00pm.

Split Shift Salaried (less than 100% time portion) candidates must be available to work Monday to Friday, between approximately 7:00-9:00am AND 2:30-6:00pm.

Responsibilities

  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto offers licensed child care and before and after school programs for children in the following age groups: infant (0-18 months); toddler (18 months-2.5 years); preschool (2.5-4 years); kindergarten (4-5 years) and school age (6-12 years). Should you be selected for a position, the expectation is that staff are able to work with all age groups.
  • Ensures all children and youth programs provide quality care, service and support to the participants and their families.
  • Understands and complies with municipal and provincial legislation, including the Child Care and Early Years Act, as well as YMCA of Greater Toronto policies and procedures.
  • Plans and implements a consistent child-centred program in accordance with YMCA curricula Playing to Learn and A Place to Connect.
  • Attends required curriculum training and all other relevant professional development opportunities necessary for the position. Maintains qualifications and certifications as required by the YMCA and provincial standards.
  • Completes required documentation of children’s development and interactions.
  • Participates in and applies knowledge from research to children’s learning.
  • 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.
  • Adheres to work schedule to ensure program stays within ratio and provides required adequate notice to supervisor regarding unexpected scheduling changes.
  • Seeks opportunities to deepen connections and increase engagement of parents and children in care, providing further opportunities to get involved in other YMCA Programs.
  • Identifies the indicators of abuse, and understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  • 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 and supports YMCA philanthropic commitments, connects with families and offers opportunities to give, either financially or their personal time, including participation in special events within the centre and the community.
  • 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

Registered Early Childhood Educator Qualifications:

Early Childhood Educator Diploma

Must be registered and a member in good standing in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)

 Early Learning Facilitator Qualifications:

Child and Youth Worker/Child and Youth Care Diploma, Social Service Worker Diploma, Bachelor of Education
Candidates with a Bachelor of Education must be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers to be eligible for the Early Learning Facilitator rate of pay
Early Childhood Assistant Qualifications:

High School Diploma
Experience working with children in a child care or before and after school program setting an asset

General Qualifications:

  • Minimum of six months’ experience working with children
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to use frequent light to medium physical effort: lifting up to 20 kg (44 lbs.), bending, stooping, pushing, carrying, and pulling
  • Must be able to work outdoors for at least 2 hours daily year-round; may be exposed to heat, humidity or cold
  • 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, early morning, mid-late afternoons, and evenings
  • 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

Only those individuals legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered for employment with the YMCA of Greater Toronto

Job Requirements

Successful candidates will be required to provide the following prior to first day of work:

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certification
  • Clear Police Records Check dated within 6 months of hire date
  • Up-to-date immunizations and TB test

Salary and Benefits

  • Work/life balance and family friendly policies including complimentary YMCA of Greater Toronto Health and Fitness membership
  • Professional development and training opportunities specific to Early Childhood Education and play-based learning principles
  • Potential for career growth into regular part-time, split shift, full-time, supervisory, and managerial roles
  • Split Shift Salaried (less than 100% time portion) and Full-Time Salaried (100% time portion) staff are eligible for extended health care and dental benefits after a three month probationary period, as well as paid vacation, sick days, and program discounts.

COVID-19 Considerations

YMCA Child Care Guidelines for COVID-19 are approved by the Ministry of Education Child Care and Early Years Licensing Branch and local Public Health units, and follow the most current recommendations provided by the Ministry of Health. All YMCA child care staff are trained to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Safety measures in all our child care centres and programs include:

  • outfitting staff with masks and face shields
  • screening all staff and children daily
  • maintaining small group sizes
  • keeping the same children and staff together throughout the day
  • providing individual craft material kits and meals to each child
  • teaching personal hygiene routines
  • cleaning and disinfecting rooms, toys, and equipment frequently
  • increasing outdoor playtime
  • prohibiting non-essential visitors including parents from entering our centres

Visit https://theystepsup.ymcagta.org/child-care-safety for more information about how we are keeping our staff and children safe.

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