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YWCA Toronto: Relief Care for Newcomer Children Educator (2 positions)

YWCA Toronto is an association of diverse and caring women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through dynamic leadership, advocacy and a range of unique and essential services that promote personal growth and economic independence.

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Relief Care for Newcomer Children Educator (2 positions)

English Language Skills and Development


The English Language Skills and Development Program is a federally funded English language program for newcomer women and offers day Language Instruction classes from levels 0 through 6. The Relief Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) Educator is responsible for filling in, when childminders are absent, and assisting in performing the day-to-day operation of the program and the ongoing supervision of the children while on duty in the Childminding Centre.

Reporting to the Manager of English Language Skills and Development, the Relief Care for Newcomer Children Educator's responsibilities include:

  • Follows age-appropriate daily routines for the children in accordance with the philosophy of the program;
  • works with other program staff and volunteers to enhance the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children;
  • works with the children in a group while maintaining sensitivity to each child's individual needs, cultural heritage, values and individual experiences;
  • communicates with parents and provides a verbal daily report on their child's day;
  • ensures that the Health and Safety Guidelines are followed in accordance with the policies and procedures of the funders, CMAS, DNA and YWCA Toronto,
  • ensures appropriate notification of child abuse in accordance with the Child and Family Services Act and the YWCA policies and procedures;
  • advises the CNC Lead Educator and Manager, ELSD, of any incidents and issues of concern in the program;
  • takes responsibility for maintaining an orderly and tidy Centre when on duty;
  • follows the program plan to ensure that the Centre is set up appropriately for children's activities before the children arrive;
  • checks the children for injuries and illnesses as they arrive and monitors the children's behavior and intervenes as needed;
  • puts infants on their backs to sleep and clears cribs and other sleeping equipment of pillows and soft bedding in accordance with CMAS and DNA, if assigned to work in the Infant Room;
  • monitors all entrances and exits at all times to ensure safety of children;
  • attends to kitchen duties which includes snack preparation and post-snack clean up;
  • records the required daily log and submits to the CNC Lead Educator at the end of the work day.

You will have:

  • An Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate required;
  • an Early Childhood Education Diploma an asset, work involves application of theoretical knowledge to job-related problems;
  • 1-3 years experience with children ages 0 to 6;
  • must have First Aid and CPR certification appropriate to the ages of the children being cared for in the childminding program;
  • skills and flexibility to work with various age groupings from 0 to 6 years;
  • excellent interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of early childhood development, theory and practice;
  • experience working within a multicultural environment;
  • knowledge of a second language an asset;
  • operates in an environment where considerable judgment and critical analysis are required;
  • uses good judgment in dealing with issues relating to the children in the program;
  • willing to work flexible hours within the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Core Competencies: The employee is expected to:

  • Engage in a self-reflective and collaborative practice that is non-judgmental and compassionate and reflects the mission of YWCA Toronto;
  • incorporate principles of anti-oppression and equity in responding to the service needs of women and children and work toward removing systemic barriers to independence and wellbeing;
  • demonstrate respect, consideration and acceptance of the opinions of others while expressing her own expertise and effectively utilizing relevant resources and specialists;
  • consistently collaborate with team members, sharing ideas and differences openly;
  • be receptive to new ideas and adapt to change as necessary;
  • value the contribution of others and take action to strengthen partnerships and support others to achieve effective outcomes;
  • take action to avoid or solve problems and create opportunities for positive change;
  • demonstrate commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

The hours of work for these positions are varied, as needed (willing to work flexible hours within the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday). The hourly rate for these positions is $21.81 per hour.

Start Date: February 4, 2019. Please note: A police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to hiring. YWCA is a unionized workplace. Staff are represented by CUPE Local 2189. This position is not within the Bargaining Unit.

Submit your cover letter and résumé by Tuesday January 22, 2019 to: Maria Yonzon, Manager of English Language Skills and Development. YWCA Toronto. 222 Dixon Road, Suite 207, Etobicoke, ON, M9P 3S5. E-mail:

Please quote JOB ID number ELSD0181 and your name in the subject line.

YWCA Toronto promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations. YWCA Toronto provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone enquiries please.

YWCA Toronto is a Scent-Sensitive Workplace