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Preschool Teacher


Early Childhood Education Centre, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Start Date: August 24, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Are you delighted by the interests, capabilities and energy young children possess? Do you have the ability to provoke thought and inspire discovery with preschoolers? We invite you to consider joining our team of collaborative educators who support children’s learning through observation, experimentation and reflection.

The Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC), a preschool and research facility within the Psychology Department of the University of Waterloo, is seeking applicants for a full time Preschool Teacher position, 11 months of the year.

Planning developmentally appropriate programs for young children that reflect the goals and philosophy of the ECEC

Responsible for preparing and maintaining the learning environment
Planning, preparing, presenting and evaluating learning experiences for children
Assessing individual children’s progress on an ongoing basis and document learning through a collection of work samples, anecdotal records, portfolios and photographs
Supervising and caring for children with a daily awareness of health and safety issues
Evaluating all aspects of the program on an ongoing basis and making the necessary changes
Supporting children with special needs by adjusting programming and the environment, setting goals and monitoring progress
Providing information to outside agencies about individual children as required and co-ordinating efforts to meet the team set goals
Draw on community resources to aid in program planning as appropriate (K-W Habilitation Services and KidsAbility)

Welcoming and supporting parents

Providing parents, in both formal and informal settings, with ongoing information regarding the program and individual children
Connecting parents with community resources as needed

Supporting the work of others

Facilitating the work of researchers and participating in research as required
Supervising and assisting MASc Interns, Conestoga College ECE students, High School Co-op students on placement or volunteering in the ECEC
Acting as Designate Director when assigned
Provide parents, high school students, university volunteers and other parties with information on child development and appropriate programs for young children

ECEC Team Work

Planning and assisting at ECEC special events such as field trips, parent events, community functions
Participating actively as a team member at staff meetings, collaborative reflection sessions, in generating and exchanging ideas, in goal setting and in sharing the responsibility for all the children enrolled
Assuming responsibility for a share of the team tasks (weekly sanitizing, room set up, end of day clean up)

Ongoing professional learning

Reviewing professional journals, ECE publications, websites and books
Participating in and conducting workshops for conferences and/or parent events
Participating in ECEC staff professional development opportunities, reflective practice sessions and collaboration sessions within our ECE larger community

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

A University degree in Early Childhood Education or in a relevant area such as Psychology or Child Studies is required. Must be a Registered Early Childhood Educator with the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario. Candidates must be a holder of a valid First Aid and Infant/Child CPR certificate. Experience and demonstrated skill in carrying out a developmentally appropriate program for children 2.5 – 5 years in a team teaching format is required.

Successful candidate must provide a current, satisfactory police reference check for working with a vulnerable population as well as a completed Health Form with all immunizations up to date. This position is 35 hours a week, 11 months of the year and is contingent upon funding.

Experience working in a play based, emergent curriculum setting with a preschool age population
Experience with MS Office programs (Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Excel) and digital cameras
Familiar with the Ministry of Education document How Does Learning Happen
Knowledge of the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 (CCEYA) and the ability to meet the specifications of this Act
Excellent communication skills to deal with both internal and external contacts
Well-developed interpersonal skills including diplomacy, confidentiality and good judgement as well as the ability to tailor your message to your audience from children through to adults

Salary & Benefits

$48,150 – $60,188 Canadian dollars annual salary as an 11 month position

Extended health and dental benefits as well as an employer pension plan.

Application Procedures

Qualified candidates should apply for this position through the University of Waterloo’s online recruitment system found at: If you wish to apply refer to the “Apply for this job online” box at the top of the webpage.

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC), a preschool and research facility within the Psychology Department of the University of Waterloo.

Contact Info

Valerie Rozon -

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