Who We Are
Founded in 1889, YWCA Hamilton is known as one of Hamilton’s original social innovators and works from a feminist, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework. We are dedicated to strengthening women’s and girl’s voices, broadening their choices, building dynamic leadership and providing essential services that promote safe, inclusive and equitable communities.
Assists with the efficient daily operation and activity in an early learning and licensed child care center, working collaboratively with child care staff and the Supervisor, Children’s Programs. Implements quality programs for children 18 months to 5 years based on the emergent curriculum, in keeping with the YWCA mission, vision and values while adhering to the YWCA policies and procedures and quality standards, as well as the regulations of the Child Care and Early Years Act.
- Creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow, ensuring the safety of children enrolled in the program through direct supervision, and attendance protocols;
- Works collaboratively with RECE team to plan innovative weekly programs that are age appropriate and meet individual and group needs, according to YWCA philosophy;
- Implements curriculum to meet the needs, interests and talents of all children;
- Participates in all activities with the children;
- Updates, develops and ensures positive, professional communication with parents/families, community partners, outside agencies, co-workers and support staff, an on an ongoing basis;
- Supports the supervision of students and volunteers as required;
- Supports staff and classrooms as needed (e.g. staff breaks, programming time, etc.);
- Ensures classroom environment is kept clean and neat, including all activity and program areas, and common spaces, including toy washing and sanitizing;
- Works with limited pieces of child and family confidential data, with duty to report;
- Captures and monitors the children’s development goals and progress through weekly documentation;
- Ensures that written records are accurately documented and maintained including attendance records, symptoms of ill health, daily classroom logs, etc.;
- Prepares reports and statistics for Supervisor as required;
- Complies with the Child Care Early Years Act and YWCA Policies;
- Understands emerging trends, leading practices, industry professional standards;
- Provides recommendations to strengthen existing policies and/or processes;
- Nurtures and forms meaningful internal and external working relationships and partnerships
- Supports YWCA Hamilton mission, vision and values;
- Participate in mandatory organizational and departmental trainings and meetings;
- Prepare snacks while adhering to the YWCA Hamilton Menu and Public Health guidelines;
- Must be able to supervise large groups of children during onsite and offsite excursions such as field trips and swimming;
- Perform other duties as required.
- Works a 0-14 hour work week with no guaranteed hours;
- Ability to use frequent light to medium physical effort: lifting up to 20 kg (44 lbs.), bending and stooping;
- Must be able to work outdoors for at least 2 hours daily year-round; may be exposed to heat, humidity or cold.
- High School diploma – 18 years or older;
- Minimum 2 years experience in a licensed child care setting;
- HIGH FIVE® Principles of Health Child Development (PHCD) training is an asset;
- Working knowledge of children and early years programs;
- Must provide a current Vulnerable Sector Police check or willingness to obtain at own cost;
- Ability to bring a feminist, anti-racist/anti-oppressive perspective to work;
- Must provide a TB test, proof of Tetanus (within 10 years) and proof of MMR immunizations;
- Must have current Standard First Aid and CPR certificate or willingness to obtain at own cost;
- Bilingual English/French or other languages an asset;
- Must have knowledge of MS Office software including Excel and Word.
YWork for us?
At YWCA Hamilton, we are intentional about fostering a workplace culture that values positive physical and emotional well-being through our values of Inclusivity, Equity, Community, Self-determination, and Accountability. We invest in our employees so that we can bring our values into the communities in which we live. We offer our employees:
- On-the-job training and professional development opportunities
- Staff fitness, aquatic, childcare and recreation discounts
- Opportunities to get involved in our community
- A competitive total rewards package
If you’re passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of women, children, and families every day, we would love for you to join our team!