Works collaboratively within a team at the child care program setting to provide an inclusive program for children with developmental and behavioural special needs.
Collaborates with other agencies and partners to identify individual strengths and goals for individual children.
Assists the centre team in the planning, development and implementation of children’s Individual Support Plans. Delivers interventions or strategies as set out in the Individual Support Plan.
Supervises and assists individuals or groups of children during daily routines and activities.
Role models behaviour management strategies for co-workers and promotes discussion and problem solving within the team to best meet the needs of the children identified as requiring enhanced support.
Assists children with personal and medical care which may include administration of medication, feeding, dressing, toileting, hygiene, lifting and positioning and assistance with mobility.
Understands and compiles with Provincial and YMCA Child Care Standards.
Plans and implements consistent child centred programs in accordance with YMCA and provincial standards.
Demonstrates a commitment to children’s learning and is responsive to research.
Understands each child and their family’s specific needs and plans for successful outcomes.
Self manages on-going professional development.
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 the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
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.
High school diploma (Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, Ontario Certified Teacher, Resource Teacher, Social Worker, Developmental Support, Educational Assistant, Recreation and Leisure and/or training in the fields of psychology and experience working with children with differing abilities and diagnosis an asset)
Minimum of six months’ experience working with young children
Training/experience/volunteering in a field that relates to the needs of children with Special Needs or differing abilities/diagnosis
Experience working in a licensed child care setting an asset
Resource Teacher/ Consultant, Early Interventionist, Behavioural Science (i.e. ABA, IBI), Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention certification or equivalent an asset
Knowledge of behaviour management theory, strategies, and techniques
Only those individuals legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered for employment with the YMCA of Greater Toronto
Ability to use frequent light to medium physical effort: lifting up to 20 kg (44 lbs.), bending and stooping
Must be able to work outdoors for at least 2 hours daily year-round; may be exposed to heat, humidity or cold
All staff working with children are required under the Child Care and Early Year’s Act to have a valid standard first aid certification including infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to the first day of work
Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
Excellent written communication skills
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, able to work split shifts, early morning and mid-late afternoons
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