Family Resource Program Assistant

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Cecil Community Centre
  • Childcare
Part Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-01-042019-01-25

Are you passionate about supporting parents, children and the well-being of families? Do you believe in creating safe, warm and inviting environments where families can learn and grow together?

Cecil Community Centre is a not-for-profit, multi-service neighbourhood centre that offers a broad range of recreational, educational, social, cultural, and capacity-building programs to area residents. For 40 years, the Centre has played a vital role in the lives of community members of all ages. Our centre provides programs and services for children, youth, adults and seniors.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres support all children, parents and caregivers in learning, growing and connecting together. Our Child and Family Resource Centre embraces Ontario’s renewed vision for Early Learning where all children and families have access to a wide range of inclusive quality services and supports they can access. Our Centre is rooted in the local community and serves as an Early Years Hub for parents and families.

Cecil Community Centre believes that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential. We believe in the capacity of parents to raise resilient, health, successful people, but we were never meant to raise children alone.

The Cecil Community Centre EarlyON Family Resource Program is a part of the support system that families need to do the most important work of parenting. We recognize that parents are the experts of their children and know them best. Inviting and encouraging parents to participate, share, network and get involved in our EarlyON program is an important element of the family-centred environment we aim to create.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Programs and Community Services, the Family Resource Program Worker will work with a small team of students and volunteers to plan and implement culturally inclusive supportive programs that promote growth in all areas of development for children 0-6 years of age.  Programs are planned to align with the EarlyON Child and Family Centres mandate, guided by family support principles, and delivered within the context of the Cecil Community Centre mission and strategic plan.

What is your role?

You will;

  • Provide a welcoming and inclusive environment and high quality programs and services where children and families have a strong sense of value and belonging
  • Develop and implement an emergent curriculum within the program, applying core concepts of Reggio inspired philosophy in a family-centred learning environment
  • Build upon the foundational knowledge into deeper reflection and investigation of children’s thinking, development and the role of the educator using the Provincial documents “How Does Learning Happen?”, “ELECT”, and “Think, Feel, Act”
  • Model and include parents in the process of understanding how learning is happening through play during the program
  • Foster opportunities for parents and children to connect with each other and create meaningful peer relationships within the programs
  • Create meaningful connections for parents with resources, services and programming that will foster a positive impact for families
  • Engage parents and caregivers in intentional conversations and experiences, sharing information on child development, inquiry-based learning and other important factors that support their journey in their role as their child’s first teacher
  • Maintain an ongoing inclusive, safe environment as well as ongoing reflective documentation throughout the program to help gauge interests that will influence program planning
  • Keep accurate daily record keeping including attendance sheets, daily log books, participant records and program statistics

The successful candidate should possess the following qualities:

Qualifications:

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree/diploma and a member in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators (Registered Early Childhood Educator or RECE)
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with diverse and marginalized populations

Experience:

  • Planning, developing and implementing inclusive quality play-based and early years programming for children birth to 6 years of age
  • Accessing community resources and making referrals
  • Working in a diverse environment
  • Training and/or experience facilitating family workshops is an asset

Required Knowledge:

  • Knowledge and experience with Emergent Curriculum, Elect and How Does Learning Happen
  • Knowledge of available community resources

Required Skills:

  • Strong program planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset
  • Experience working with children 0-6 yrs. and their families

Hours and Wages: 16 hours/week, Wage Grade 4: starting at $18.90/hour. This is a part-time position within the Bargaining Unit of CUPE Local 2998. The contract will start as soon as possible.

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