Child Development Support Worker

Okanagan Indian Band - Vernon, BC (30+ days ago)

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The purpose of the Child Development Support Worker is to be responsible for child/children with special needs to provide a solid and safe foundation which fosters their physical, intellectual, emotional, social, creative and very necessary cultural development as an individual and as a member of a group


The Child Development Support Worker will value the contributions and needs of the parents and work in partnership with them in providing care and education. The Child Development Support Worker will provide a quality caring and supportive child care program to members of the community that addresses their unique child care needs, meets all regulatory standards required by federal, provincial and municipal governments, and operates within the Child Care Practitioner Occupational Standards and Code of Ethics as defined by the Canadian Child Care Federation. This term position consist of 7 hours per day and ends on or before June 20, 2020.


Reports to the Snc’c’amala?tn Manager


  • To assist in the planning and preparation of a program for the children based on the centre’s philosophy and policies
  • To create a safe and secure environment
  • To plan and implement a well-balanced program of activities for the special needs child/children assigned
  • To be inclusive of all children in their approach in dealing with special needs child/children
  • Keep any required data or records of the assigned child/children with special needs
  • To guide other staff on the special needs and requirements of the assigned child/children
  • Work with Supported Child Care, therapists and other professionals to meet the needs of the children
  • To treat each child with dignity, respect, love and care
  • To retain the sensitivity of each child’s individual needs
  • To use guidance techniques that are age-appropriate, fair and encourage socially acceptable behaviour
  • To adhere to The B.C. Child Care Licensing Regulations which prohibit the use of physical punishment, humiliation, physical restraint, isolation, deprivation of food, rest, toileting or any other discipline methods that undermine the child’s self-esteem.
  • To provide interaction with the children as a group and as required on an individual basis
  • To teach health and nutrition, rest habits and personal hygiene
  • To maintain hygiene practices e.g. in toileting, hand washing, food handling
  • To administer basic First Aid as required
  • To assist with the supervision of indoor and outdoor play
  • To maintain appropriate positive day-to-day liaison with parents of assigned child/children
  • To encourage open communication concerning the needs and progress of assigned child/children with the parents
  • To participate in the planning of special events, workshops and meetings for parents
  • To assist children with going to the bathroom
  • Other duties as assigned


  • To attend centre staff meetings
  • Ensure weekly timesheets are completed every Thursday or prior to taking time off e.g. vacation leave, Spring Break, etc.
  • To communicate with other Educators any pertinent information regarding children, parents, staff, program, etc.
  • Keep informed of current trends in the treatment of children with special needs
  • Abide by the Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual of Okanagan Indian Band
  • Work cooperatively and show respect for all other centre staff and programs



  • Holds a diploma or certificate, or working towards, in Early Childhood Education and a Post Basic Special Needs Certificate or the equivalent
  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • Has experience working with young children with special needs
  • Has knowledge of the Okanagan culture and traditions


  • Experience working with children under the age of six
  • Experience working with First Nations communities is an asset
  • Experience working with confidential information

Competencies (KSAs & Desired Attributes)

  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Stress and time management skills
  • Ability to listen and demonstrate empathy
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Honest, trustworthy and respectful
  • Ability to work within a team and individually


Physical Demands

The Child Development Support Worker will be required to stand, bend and crouch for long periods. The incumbent may also have to do some lifting or carrying of children from time to time.

Environmental Conditions

The Child Development Support Worker may have to manage a number of cases at one time, and interruptions many occur frequently to meet the needs of individuals. The Child Development Support Worker may find the environment to be busy and noisy and will need excellent stress and time management skills. There will be some exposure to varying weather.

Sensory Demands

Sensory demands include use of the computer, learning aids, and speaking much of the time. The office may be noisy and busy making it difficult for the Child Development Support Worker to concentrate. The Child Development Support Worker will be in contact with individuals who may be ill.

Mental Demands

The Child Development Support Worker will need to maintain a calm, respectful yet firm demeanor requiring cognitive effort to deal with various behaviour and needs of children.




Compensation commensurate to experience

Closing Date: Oct 25, 2019

Preference may be given to those having knowledge of the Okanagan culture and traditions

Job Type: Temporary


  • Vernon, BC (Preferred)