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Headstart Teacher and/or Early Child Development Worker  

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Status 0.6 FTE (21 hrs/week) combined, or 0.3 FTE (10.5 hrs/week) for one position. Additional hours available as relief, based on program needs.  
Opportunities Available 0.6 FTE (Combined position of 0.3 FTE Headstart Teacher and 0.3 FTE Early Child Development Worker-EarlyON). Possibility to work one position or both combined.  
Category Parent-Child and Youth Services  
Open Date 7/22/2021  
Close Date 8/2/2021  

We are seeking an experienced RECE interested in working in either or both roles as: (1) Headstart Teacher and/or (2) Early Child Development Worker/EarlyON to work as a member of the Annavale Nursery School and/or the EarlyON team to deliver quality early years programs to children and their families.

This experienced RECE will deliver services that stimulate healthy child development and support healthy parent/caregivers – child relationships. They will also deliver programs that align with provincial guidelines and best practices for early years programming as described in the How Does Learning Happen? Framework, as well as the Childcare and Early Years Act 2014,and meet all health and safety standards.

Words that are meaningful to us in our everyday work:

• Child-led programming • Socio-emotional growth • Attachment-guided practices • Non-judgmental • Outdoor nature play • Parent engagement • Inclusiveness • Meaningful relationships • Special Needs • Social determinants of health • Community Resources • Healthy Active living • Early referral •

Program-related activities include but are not limited to -

Headstart Context – Under COVID19 directives

  • Provides a stimulating, welcoming, and safe learning environment for groups of infants, toddlers, and/or pre-schoolers, in alignment with ELECT and How Does learning Happen? principles.
  • Plans and implements developmentally-appropriate emergent curriculum and activities for groups of children.
  • Leads all activities and transitions to ensure smooth running of the program, including circle time, mealtime, nap time routines (setting up, cleaning up tables, putting away dishes, sweeping floors, setting up and putting away cots and supervising children during nap time).
  • Responds to children’s needs in a manner that support positive relationships and social emotional growth, using attachment theory principles.
  • Informally assesses each child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive and language learning needs and plans activities to address both group and individual needs.
  • Identifies children with special needs or learning challenges and makes appropriate referrals in consultation with the Headstart Team (e.g. to speech-language pathologist and family support community worker) and implements any recommendations by the specialist in consultation with the parents.

EarlyON context – Under COVID19 directives

  • Delivers quality playgroups that support child well-being and development and align with the How does Learning Happen? Framework.
  • Implements daily program activities to ensure smooth running of the program, including circle time, snacks time, room set up and take down.
  • Collaborates with EarlyON team to uphold quality and safety standards for playgroup programs.
  • Models appropriate interactions with parents/caregivers and children by engaging in developmentally appropriate activities
  • Support parents/caregivers with appropriate behavior management via modeling when needed;
  • Provides group-based and one on one parenting support/education that promotes responsive parenting, emphasizes the importance of attachment, and builds parenting confidence.
Position Requirements

Education and Training

  • Must be a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE), in good standing.

Professional Experience

  • 3 to 5 years experience working in Early Childhood/playgroup drop-in settings with children ages zero to six years, and/or experience working in a licensed childcare environment.
  • Strong knowledge of child development and behaviour management, consistent with the foundations of Early Childhood Education .
  • Understanding of attachment and trauma-informed care.
  • Familiarity with the How Does Learning Happen? Framework and Childcare and Early Years Act.

Key Competencies

  • Experience in a non-profit, community-based organization.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and experience working with culturally diverse populations essential.
  • Commitment to the healthy development of children and support of vulnerable families.
  • Understanding of issues relevant to working with low-income (multi-risks) parents/caregivers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and establish appropriate relationships with children, families and caregivers.
  • Ability to supervise children and/or engage with children and their families in a manner consistent with the goals and philosophy of the program and the community health centre.
  • Familiarity with the use of computers and/or tablets.

Linguistic Profile

  • This position is not designated under Carlington’s French Language Services Plan.
  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • French/English bilingualism is preferred.
  • A third language relevant to our client population is an asset.

Personal Suitability

  • Sensitivity to the needs of marginalized and diverse clientele.
  • Commitment to health promotion concepts, strategies, and philosophy.
  • Commitment to community-based health care and social services, and strength-based philosophy and practices.


  • Regular access to a vehicle required.
  • Availability to work evenings and occasional weekends if required. (Early-On).
Salary Range $23.56/hour - $27.70/hour  
Reports to Early Years Program Coordinator  
Position Headstart Teacher and/or Early Child Development Worker  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Brittany Bourdon  
Number of Openings 2  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number PAR-21-00011  
Location 900 Merivale and Community locations  
About the Organization Carlington Community Health Centre is a non-profit organization that puts today's most pressing health care challenges at the heart of their service delivery. We turn to the best professionals and employees to help improve the health and well-being of our community. We build trusting relationships with our clients and deliver quality services through a wide range of health and social services to parents and children, youth and teens, adults, and seniors.

We look to help community members resolve problems and advance concerns in the community by providing organizational support and advocacy assistance to local groups and associations.

Our mission is to improve, support and promote the health and well-being of the people and diverse communities we serve!
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

CCHC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ communities and persons with disabilities.  
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