Early Childhood Educator (ECE / CYW) – Sault Ste. Marie News



At Indian Friendship Center, we are passionate about the cause and the people we serve in our community through the various programs and services offered.
The Early Childhood Educator (ECE / CYW) is one of the key forces behind both, and we are currently looking for someone exceptional to dynamically transform the world of early childhood education through a culturally holistic approach. The ideal person for the job will have tremendous communication and interpersonal skills, accompanied by extensive decision-making abilities to enhance the impact on the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of the children in the program.
ECE support will help use a variety of teaching and learning techniques to generate age-appropriate resources that align with current early childhood legislation and regulations, while culturally supporting children. children to become well-balanced, well-regulated urban natives. children, aged 0 to 6 years.

• Meaningful and rewarding work provided in the development and mutual understanding of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples through joint activities
• A workplace that values ​​equity, inclusion, anti-racism, self-expression and the development of Indigenous leadership
• Emphasis on teamwork, passion and commitment through the needs of Indigenous people, as well as service planning with Indigenous people in public and private agencies.

The objective of the Urban Indigenous EarlyOn Center (UIEOC) program is to engage with all indigenous families, parents and / or caregivers in order to promote and implement cultural teachings supported through various programs, including pedagogy Ontario Early Years. This will be supported by Elders, knowledge keepers, other program participants, workshops and various forms of mediums, while providing a safe place for children and families, regardless of culture, status, gender. or gender identity.

• Provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children that is consistent with the philosophy of the department and meets the requirements of applicable legislation.
• Provide behavioral counseling and ongoing supervision in individual and group activities
• Lead and plan internal and external activities through reading, storytelling, songs and games
• Provide opportunities to express creativity through art (beadwork and leatherwork), music and physical activity
• Guide and assist parents and / or guardians in the development of appropriate nutrition and clothing for children.
• Observe children for potential signs of learning, behavioral problems or developmental stages and prepare reports for parents and / or caregivers.
• Plan and maintain an environment that protects the health, safety, security and well-being of children.
• Assess children’s abilities, interests and needs and discuss progress or issues with parents and other support staff
• Establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with families in open communication through daily interactions, formal parent-guardian communications and sessions
• Take responsibility for the preparation and monitoring of the program budget for expenditures
• Help with light housekeeping

• Obtaining a university or college diploma in early childhood education or child and youth care
• Minimum 1 year of experience in the field of childcare
• Continuing education in Native studies is an asset
• Or the equivalent combination of education and experience

• Experience working with youth, families and external organizations within the community in general.
• Ability to be patient when interacting with children and to encourage individuality and independence
• High level experience in planning and organizing interest-based learning experiences
• Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
• Demonstrated abilities using Microsoft Office and database experience
• Understanding of social media platforms for using virtual programming
• Knowledge of Ojibway / Anishinaabe culture, language and traditions preferred
• Must work independently, but also effectively as a member of a team
• Maintain sensitivity to cultural, religious, economic and social beliefs, values ​​and opinions
• Create a caring, welcoming and accessible environment for children to explore and grow
• Preparation of light meals, snacks and arrangement of rooms or spaces
• Ability to sit, stand, bend and assist indoors and outdoors for extended periods of time

• Valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination (Dose 1 & Dose 2)
• Up-to-date and valid vulnerable sector check in accordance with the Criminal Record Review Act
• Must have a valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle
• Must provide a clear driver summary
• Must have or is ready to obtain first aid / CPR training certification
• Ability to work flexible hours (occasionally evenings and weekends, may be required)
The Indian Friendship Center (IFCSSM) is dedicated to creating a work environment that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve. IFCSSM encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Candidates who may require accommodation during the selection process are encouraged to notify HR when contacted for an interview.


LOCATION: 241 Albert Street West – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
JOB STATUS: Part-time, Temporary
CURRENT WORKING HOURS: 35 hours / week


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