Casual Early Childhood Educator

Nova Scotia School Boards (NSSB) - Port Hawkesbury, NS (9 months ago)

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The Strait Regional Centre for Education is entrusted, under The Education Act of Nova Scotia, to deliver the public school program to approximately 6,300 students in 21 schools throughout the counties of Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond. The Strait Regional Centre for Education , with the support of approximately 970 staff members, works diligently to influence its vision of excellence in lifelong learning. Located in the northeastern part of Nova Scotia, the School Board’s jurisdiction encompasses an area of approximately 11,000 square kilometers with a population of 54,972.

The Strait Regional Centre for Education invites applications from qualified candidates for the posted vacancy.

Work Schedule:
Effective dates: 10/01/2018 (anticipated date)

Early Childhood Educator - Pre-Primary Program

The Early Childhood Educator will support the Lead Early Childhood Educator within the Pre-Primary Program Team, to ensure a supportive and secure environment for young children attending the Pre-Primary Program.

The Early Childhood Educator will receive daily direction from the Lead Early Childhood Educator and will support him/her to create and maintain an engaging learning environment, one in which children are encouraged to explore and create new knowledge through their experiences and social interactions with others.

The Early Childhood Educator will be an active member of the team reporting to the Manager of Pre-Primary and Early Years Programs and will work cooperatively with the Lead Early Childhood Educator.

Key Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the Early Childhood Educator include, but are not limited to:

Creating an active and dynamic learning environment that supports and includes all children;
Working with the Lead Early Childhood Educator to clarify roles and responsibilities, establish classroom routines and procedures that will set the stage for a positive learning environment;
Delivering developmentally appropriate and engaging programming that is responsive to the interests and cultural needs of the children and community,
Facilitating family, caregiver and community involvement in program;
Welcoming and have open communication with families and caregivers regarding their children’s experiences and the program offered;
Reflect children’s lives in ongoing displays and celebrations throughout the year;
Providing timely identification of and responses to children and families in need of additional supports and services and partners with community-based providers to ensure that children’s individual developmental needs are addressed within the context of the Pre-Primary Program.
Supports the Lead Early Childhood Educator in writing transition plans for children requiring additional supports in preparation for entry into primary.
Supporting children’s development with materials and resources that focus on emergent literacy and numeracy skills, in particular – play based skills, social emotional skills and gross and fine motor development.
Demonstrating an understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of the multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, when they are in the presence of a welcoming, inclusive early leaning program;
Understands appropriate behavior guidance strategies for young children and is able to implement them while in consideration of School Board and Education and Early Childhood Department policies and procedures.
Collaborating with the Lead Early Childhood Educator to ensure the Pre-Primary students are welcomed and a part of the school community.
Knowledge of the food and nutrition guidelines and responsible for providing nutritious snacks
Supporting the Lead Early Childhood Educator in the day to day management of the classroom including assisting in the organizing all daily programming supports for students, organizing special events and extra-curricular activities.
Participating in a comprehensive, ongoing evaluation of the Pre-Primary Program via the Continuous Quality Improvement process.
Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications:
Preference will be given to Nova Scotia ECE Level 2 or 3 classification;
A minimum Nova Scotia ECE Level 1 with confirmation of courses working toward a Level 2 classification may be acceptable;
Possess an in-depth understanding of child growth and development and demonstrated knowledge and experience using a play-based pedagogy and child-centered, developmentally appropriate practices;
Ability to translate theory and best practices into action in early childhood settings
Experience with developmentally appropriate observation, documentation and authentic assessment strategies;
Experience working with children and families with diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, and developmental needs;
Ability to create inclusive and responsive early learning environments that support the diverse and special needs of all children;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
Computer skills suitable for report writing and internet application and research and
Current first aid certification
Preference will be given to applicants who have recent work experience in a regulated child care environment.
Consideration will be given to applicants who will graduate with a diploma in ECE in June 2018

Your references must include at least three (3) work-related references; one must be your most recent supervisor. All casual employees must provide a clear Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registry Check before they are employed with the Strait Regional Centre for Education.

Candidates can check on the status of their applications in Successfactors under My Applications.

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