Child Care Assistant Job Description
Overview of Position
The Child Care Assistant (CCA) assists the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with providing high quality early learning and child care. This includes assisting the ECE in directing and assessing the positive emotional, physical, social and cognitive development of children by implementing appropriate activities and programs according to each child’s individual developmental abilities, interests and needs.
Disability accommodations are available upon request.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Works with, supports and/or replaces the ECE for periods of time, ensuring the children’s health, safety and well-being
Maintains a safe and healthy learning environment where the needs of children and families are met. This includes supporting the ECE in implementing an organized, purposeful program which utilizes safe and injury free practices, creative, well balanced, and stimulating activities, and learning experiences which offer physical, social, emotional and sensory development
Advances children’s physical and intellectual competence by being aware of normal development and working with a variety of equipment, activities and opportunities to promote children’s physical, cognitive and communication skills as well as their creativity. This includes indoor/outdoor activities, activities that allow for questioning and probing and activities that encourage listening, understanding and expressing themselves with others
Assists the ECE in creating an environment that builds positive self-concept and individual strength. Treats children as individuals in a respectful way, celebrates their successes, provides support and encouragement and is sensitive to different values and expectations
Promotes positive functioning between children and adults by assisting in the development of social skills, encouraging feelings of empathy and mutual respect and setting realistic behavioural expectations which encourage self-control and positive reinforcement while following behaviour management guidelines
Assists the ECE and guides children in daily routine activities including arrival and departure activities, naps, snacks and other daily living activities.
Assists in organizing, decorating and tidying the premises as well as prepares and stores material used in various programs, activities or special events
Maintains a high level of professionalism including confidentiality, ethical and professional behaviour
Education & Training Required High School education or equivalent preferred
Must be certified or complete training in First Aid and CPR
Some experience working with children in a related environment is preferred
Key Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
Must have well developed communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with children and parents
Must have demonstrated ability to solve problems, resolve conflicts, make appropriate decisions and involve other staff members when required
Must have excellent teamwork skills, with the ability to involve and support co-workers in day-to-day activities and issues that may occur and to seek support and guidance from others when necessary
Must have strong “self-management” skills with the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
Must have the ability to multi-task, to be flexible and adaptable in light of changing needs and priorities and to cope effectively with changing situations that may occur.
Must be able and willing to be “mentored” and to accept the various policies and code of ethics that drive the centre’s operation
Must have the ability to demonstrate a high level of maturity which recognizes the importance of a respectful workplace, and putting others’ needs before one’s own needs
In the absence of a fully qualified ECE, the CCA may assume some or all of the key areas of responsibility of the ECE. This should occur under the direct and ongoing guidance of a fully qualified ECE, or someone with supervisory/management responsibilities.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $14.15-$16.50 per hour
- Dental care
- Extended health care
- Life insurance
- On-site parking
- Paid time off
Flexible Language Requirement:
Supplemental pay types:
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Headingley, MB R4H 1J9: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)
Work Location: In person