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Early Childhood Educator - ECE (Headstart Program) 

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Status Permanent  
Opportunities Available 35 hours per week. Includes comprehensive health/dental benefits, paid vacation, HOOPP and more. Start date: Immediate  
Category Parent-Child and Youth Services  
Open Date 12/9/2022  
Close Date  

The Early Childhood Educator (ECE) works as a member of the Headstart teaching team to improve the life situations of high-risk children and their parents by teaching, modelling, and broadening life experiences and expectations. The ECE provides a safe, caring, and developmentally appropriate environment for children ages zero (0) to five (5) years of age within the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) and adheres to a child-centered, emergent curriculum programming philosophy heavily focused on socio-emotional skills development and guided by attachment theory principles. The Early Childhood Educator works with the team of RECEs to provide high quality care that reflect best practices and excellence in Early Years care.

Must have the ablility to work in accordance to all MEDU / Public Health directives in pandemic context.

Program-Related Activities

  • Works with the team of RECEs to provide high quality care that reflect best practices and excellence in Early Years child-centered care.
  • Ensures program practices reflect program philosophy and core elements of Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, How Does Learning Happen?
  • Works respectfully and responsively with children and their families and caregivers
  • Responds to children’s needs in a manner that support positive relationships and social emotional growth, using attachment theory principles.
  • Provides a stimulating 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 curriculum for circle groups of children.
  • Completes regular scheduled assessments and appropriate screening for every child to determine areas of enhanced support 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.
  • Informally assesses each child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive and language learning needs and plans activities to address both group and individual needs.
  • Provides documentation for parents and file concerning individual children’s program activities.
  • Provides children’s art work for individual to be-sent-home portfolio to support parents’ awareness and engagement of child’s progress at the Headstart program.
  • Keeps parents informed of their child’s progress and maintains records of contacts.
  • Provides support, information and resources to parents in their home environment as required.
  • Works in accordance with the CCEYA.
  • Encourages parent participation in the school and in special activities.
  • Prepares classroom for activities according to program plan and children’s developmental needs.
  • Consults with collaborative agencies in addressing the needs of the child and family.
  • Rides on the bus regularly to enhance contact with parents
  • Acts as a role model in interactions with parents/caregivers and children.
Position Requirements

Education and Training

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) required.
  • Valid First Aid (Standard) and CPR (infant and child) certificates required.

Professional Experience

  • Three to five years full-time experience in Early Childhood settings with children ages 0 to six years; experience in Headstart settings an asset.
  • Experience and flexibility working in diverse community-based programs with families facing multiple health risks and barriers (e.g., low income).
  • Experience working with children with special needs and/or challenging behaviors an asset.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and experience working with culturally diverse populations essential.
  • Experience in program planning and delivery.
  • Experience in a non-profit, community-based organization.

Key Competencies

  • Knowledge of child development and behaviour management.
  • Understanding of family dynamics and issues relevant to working with low-income (multi-risks) parents/caregivers.
  • Extensive understanding of the developmental needs of children and demonstrated ability to use this understanding in program practices.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and establish appropriate relationships with families and caregivers
  • Established ability to supervise children in a manner consistent with the goals and philosophy of the program and the community health centre
  • Knowledge of Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) an asset.
  • Familiarity with attachment theory principles and trauma-informed care an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, in English.
  • Good organizational skills; flexibility; ability to adapt to changing situations; self-motivated and energetic.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and various software applications, including Microsoft Office programs, client database software, and electronic record keeping in a client services setting.

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.


  • Availability to work Monday to Friday, regular working hours (8:00 - 5:00pm).
Salary Range $23.56/hour - $27.70/hour  
Reports to Coordinator of Annavale Headstart Nursery School & Early Years Program  
Position Headstart Teacher  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Brittany Bourdon  
Number of Openings 2  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number PAR-22-00026  
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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