Alderwood House School
We are an outdoor based child care center; our philosophy is built upon Reggio principles, and familiarity with the UN Convention of Rights for the Child is essential.
Our centre offers a wonderful work environment with a supportive teaching team, opportunities for co-teaching and ongoing opportunities for career advancement. Our team is deeply committed to our philosophy and we are looking for an educator who can step in to lead our three-to-five classroom. For teachers who like to take initiative, create a unique classroom, and who don’t hesitate to wade into the important “work” of childhood, this is a wonderful career opportunity.
Successful candidates will have a genuine curiousity about life, a commitment to personal growth and development, and won’t hesitate to engage in passionate and respectful pedagogical dialogue with colleagues and parents. Documentation is regularly used as a communication tool at our centre, and as such, the successful candidate will be comfortable with writing observations, reflecting on personal teaching practice and linking classroom work to a variety of pedagogical philosophies and/or the BC ELF.
Environment as third teacher
We strongly believe in the environment as the third teacher: our facility is located on a large farm property, and includes an extensive children’s garden. Adjacent to the school is a nature trail and forest, and our children spend regular time in the forest, year round, as part of our “community classroom”.
Social Emotional learning
Our curriculum is focused on social-emotional learning. While much of this occurs through natural, freely evolving play outside, our curriculum includes teacher-proposed instruction as well. This includes scaffolded dramatic play in our indoor classroom (utilizing the Tools of the Mind program as a framework); emotional education (direct feeling word instruction using the mood wheel, an adapted tool from RULER); and Rights-based education.
We believe that early childhood education is a space for practiced citizenry – thus, we often engage in dialogue and experiences with the children to consider democratic life. This past school year, for example, the children and teachers together have explored gender equality, refugee rights, and environmental stewardship. This requires teachers who will ask themselves and the children questions upon more questions, and who are comfortable with “not knowing” and the absence of answers.
Please note that we are not easily accessible by public transit.
This position is a full time role, providing art instruction to children ages 1 - 5. The individual is responsible for:
- all program planning, implementation, delivery and documentation
- maintaining an aesthetically pleasing, clean environment, including care of materials
- ensuring program planning supports our learning outcomes and the ongoing project work occurring outside and in the inside classroom
- other day to day care for children within the program, including meal times, diapering and nap times
- Understanding the important role that environment plays in teaching; assess, maintain and adapt the physical environment as required by the unfolding curriculum (changing environment as needed; preparing environmental provocations; changing materials offered; provocations are set up and prepared for the children and are timely, age appropriate and varied)
- Develop and implement art-based provocations and direct teaching that supports the social-emotional and rights-based learning curriculum
- Use a variety of teaching techniques including modeling, observing, questioning-and-research, free exploration, demonstrating and reinforcing
- Observe how children use the materials and interact with others, and use observations to expand project work
- Valid ECE or ECEA license to practice. Infant / Toddler or Infant / Toddler in process an asset. We are happy to consider applicants who have completed their elementary school PDP program, and help them through the ECEA application process.
- We are willing to consider applicants with experience, who are willing to obtain their ECEA license (this is available online, and bursaries are often available through ECEBC).
- Valid First Aid certificate
- Food Safe an asset
- At least one year experience working with children ages 0 – 5, preferably in a licensed child care environment
- Extensive artistic experience - paid or recreational
- Experience observing and documenting classroom interactions
- Experience working in a collaborative team environment
- Experience working with parents and families
- Solid understanding of the BC Early Learning Framework
- Understand and abide by the ECEBC Code of Ethics
- Understand current regulations from the Child Care Licensing Act Familiarity with the Reggio philosophy an asset
- Ability to successfully pass a criminal record check
- Ability to lift 40 pounds
- Familiar and comfortable working with ipads and various apps
- Genuinely enjoy working outdoors, in all kinds of weather
- Strong English skills, written and oral
How to Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter to apply, to email@example.com. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Please note our application and interview process is done in two steps – an initial written interview and, for candidates short listed from the written interview, an in-person interview and classroom observation. This process reflects our commitment to interpersonal communication and the concept of “teacher as learner”; it also allows us to gain a better understanding of each applicant’s personal philosophy of education.
This position offers medical and dental benefits, sick days, professional development days, professional development funding, 4 weeks paid vacation, and a competitive salary (18 – 22 dollars/hour, based on experience, education, and hours worked).