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Are you looking for a rewarding career working with children?
The YMCA is the largest not-for-profit Child Care provider in Canada. With 50+ years of experience, we provide high-quality programs for infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and school-aged children.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is looking to hire dedicated and passionate child care professionals to join our growing team in York Region: Newmarket, East Gwillimbury (Queensville), Aurora, Stouffville, Kleinburg, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Nobleton, Unionville, Markham, Thornhill, and Richmond Hill. Peel Region: Bolton/Caledon/Palgrave. The Y is recognized as a top employer in the GTA and a top employer of young people in Canada, and our staff is the core of our success!
Position Types and Required Availability:
Supply: Supply staff must have at least three afternoons of availability to work weekly, Monday to Friday, from 2:00-6:00pm to be considered for a position. Opening shifts can start as early as 6:30am and closing shifts can end as late as 6:00pm. Opportunities to work morning, split shifts, and full day shifts also arise.
Part-Time: Part-time staff must have availability to work everyday, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 2:30-6:00pm to be considered for a position.
Salaried Split Shift: Salaried split shift staff (in our before and after school programs) must have availability to work every day, Monday to Friday, between 7:00-9:00am AND 2:30-6:00pm to be considered for a position.
Why Work for Our Charity?
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. As outlined in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area. In the future we see for our region, everyone will have opportunities to shine their brightest.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values — kindness, well-being, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and optimism — the YMCA provides thousands of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities.
Nature and Scope
YMCA Child & Family Development has provided quality child care in the GTA for over 50 years, and is the largest not-for-profit provider of Licensed Child Care in Canada. With more than 294 locations, we offer a variety of programs for children 0-12 years of age: Early Learning and Care (Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Nursery), Before and After School Care (Kindergarten and School Age), and Family Support programs. It is expected that YMCA Child Care staff have a willingness to support and work with all age groups.
The contribution of our staff in the delivery of child-centred programs is at the core of our success as a leader in early childhood education. We are committed to providing staff with the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and skills that will assist them in enhancing the experience of children and families, through our YMCA Playing to Learn and YMCA A Place to Connect curricula.
- Ensures all children and youth programs provide quality care, service and support to the participants and their families.
- Understands and complies with provincial, municipal, and YMCA child care licensing policies and procedures.
- Plans and implements a consistent child-centred program in accordance with YMCA curricula Playing to Learn and A Place to Connect.
- Attends required curriculum training and all other relevant professional development opportunities necessary for the position. Maintains qualifications and certifications as required by the YMCA and provincial standards.
- Completes required documentation of children’s development and interactions.
- Participates in and applies knowledge from research to children's learning.
- Cleans and sanitizes child care spaces, focusing on frequently touched surfaces, equipment, toys, and any other areas or items deemed necessary, following YMCA health and safety protocols and procedures.
- Identifies the indicators of abuse, and understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
- Seeks opportunities to deepen connections and increase engagement of parents and children in care, providing further opportunities to get involved in other YMCA Programs.
- Adheres to work schedule to ensure program stays within ratio and provides required adequate notice to supervisor regarding unexpected scheduling changes.
- Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
- Understands and supports YMCA philanthropic commitments, connects with families and offers opportunities to give, either financially or their personal time, including participation in special events within the centre and the community.
- Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
- Other duties as assigned.
Registered Early Childhood Educator Qualifications:
- Early Childhood Educator Diploma
- Must be registered and a member in good standing in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)
Early Learning Facilitator Qualifications:
- Child & Youth Work/Child & Youth Care Degree/Diploma, Bachelor of Education, Social Service Worker Diploma/Social Work Degree, or Recreation and Leisure Diploma/Recreation Leadership Degree
- Candidates with a Bachelor of Education must be registered with the Ontario College of Teachers to be eligible for the Early Learning Facilitator rate of pay
Early Childhood Assistant Qualifications:
- High School Diploma
- Experience working with children in a child care or before and after school program setting an asset
- Minimum of six months’ experience working with children
- Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
- Excellent written communication skills
- Ability to use frequent light to medium physical effort: lifting up to 20 kg (44 lbs.), bending and stooping, pushing, carrying and pulling
- Must be able to work outdoors for at least 2 hours daily year-round; may be exposed to heat, humidity or cold
- Flexibility regarding assigned working hours. Must be available to work at least three afternoons per week from 2:00-6:00pm, Monday to Friday.
- Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
- A capacity to work within a team and be part of a large multi-service, charitable Association
- The position requires the following Association Competencies: fundamental competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communications; Ethics and Self-Management; being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion
Successful candidates will be required to provide the following prior to first day of work:
- Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certification
- Clear Police Records Check with vulnerable sector screening dated within 6 months of hire date
- Up-to-date immunizations and TB test
Pay & Benefits
- Registered Early Childhood Educator - $24.00*/hour
- Early Learning Facilitator (OCT, CYW/CYC, SSW, Rec & Leisure) - $21.64/hour
- Early Childhood Assistant - $18.25/hour
- All wages are inclusive of $2/hour Provincial Wage Enhancement Grant
- *RECE wage inclusive of $1/hour provided by the Ministry of Education through the provincial Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care workforce funding initiative
- Work/life balance and family friendly policies including YMCA Health and Fitness membership
- Professional development and training specific to Early Childhood Education and play-based learning principles
- Potential for career growth into regular part-time, split shift, full-time, supervisory, and managerial roles
- Staff working in Full Time and Salaried Split Shift positions are eligible for extended health care and dental benefits, as well as paid time off, upon successful completion of probationary period
As of March 21, 2022, the Government of Ontario is eliminating most mask mandates. The YMCA continues to follow the most current recommendations provided by Public Health, and has made changes to our Covid-19 health and safety measures. As the YMCA has done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation, and are prepared to reinstate additional protocols as required. Health and safety measures remaining in place include:
- All individuals should continue to self-screen and refrain from entering our centres if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms
- Staff, children, and visitors are encouraged to continue following appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- The enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols that have been in place throughout the pandemic continue
- Enhanced ventilation through the use of additional air filtration systems remain in place
- The Ministry of Education continues to supply PPE for staff and children’s use in licensed child care centres
- Staff, children, and visitors are welcome to continue wearing PPE if they so choose, and will be supported in doing so.
Visit https://theystepsup.ymcagta.org/child-care-safety for more information about how we are keeping our staff and children safe.
For more information about starting your career in child care at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, please visit: www.ymcagta.org/ECE.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.
Only those individuals legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered for employment with the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent, Fixed term contract
Salary: $18.25-$24.00 per hour
- Company pension
- Dental care
- Employee assistance program
- Extended health care
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- RRSP match
- Vision care
- Wellness program
Work Location: In person