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Early Learning Centre RELIEF Staff

Position Status: Relief
Starting date: Immediate vacancy
Salary: $13.35/hour
Location: Frank Rudderham Family YMCA, Sydney Branch, 399 Charlotte Street

The YMCA of Cape Breton is looking for caring, friendly and professional staff to join our RELIEF team as an Early Learning Centre team member.

The Opportunity

As a member our Early Learning Centre team for the YMCA of Cape Breton, your principal responsibilities are outlined below. Please note that that the duties listed herein are not all-inclusive, that duties/tasks may be added, changed, or removed, as required or deemed appropriate by the YMCA.

Job Purpose

To create a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow, while at the same time providing support to families and to adhere to Licensing Regulations under the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and YMCA policies and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible to the Director of Child Care and the Assistant Director of Child Care and all its participants.
  • Plan and implement curriculum in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Child Care Centre to foster maximum development for each child’s potential and growth. Plan, implement, and assess developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor learning environments for young children.
  • Use a variety of teaching techniques that include, but is not limited to, modelling, observing, questioning, demonstrating and reinforcing.
  • Communicate effectively concerns and suggestions openly to the director, the Assistant director and also to your co-workers.
  • To work as a team member and contribute to the overall development of the department.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Keep up to date with staffing information and the Child Care Department’s Policies including Behavior Guidance, Child Abuse Protocol and Confidentiality.
  • Attend workshops and training as requested by the Director.
  • Attend mandatory YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum Training if they are available.
  • To maintain a professional image ensuring confidentiality, discretion, initiative, flexibility and be a positive role model for children, parents and co-workers.
  • To be aware of the centre’s policies and procedure such as the Parent Handbook Policies and communicate them to others.
  • To supervise children at all times and ensure their safety.
  • Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging and understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • To plan curriculum in accordance with the goals and objectives of the centre to foster maximum development for each child’s potential and growth.
  • Supporting all aspects and implementation of the Playing to Learn Curriculum. Including but not limited to play partnering, program plans, documentations, small groups, journal entries, the environment and aesthetics.
  • Responsible for physical set-up and proper storage and clean-up of equipment and materials used in direct program delivery.
  • To monitor and record individual children’s progress through daily observation and development evaluations.
  • Responsible for the physical, social, emotional, affective and cognitive development of the children in the centre.
  • To administer and record all children’s medication.
  • To document and maintain plans in writing that support each individual child (for example, routine based plans and behavior charts)
  • To contribute to the overall appearance, resources and learning environment of the centre.
  • To maintain contact with all the children to meet their needs – security, protection, affection, discipline, stimulation, warmth and comfort; to respect each child’s abilities and provide unconditional acceptance of him/her.
  • To develop a relationship with families and meet there needs of comfort, security, warmth and acceptance as a part of the center.
  • To maintain physical and mental health suitable for contact with young children.
  • Maintains a broad knowledge in the field of Early Childhood including relevant Nova Scotia Day Care Acts and Regulations;
  • Carry out additional duties as outlined by the Director of Child Care or the Assistant Director of Child Care
  • No cell phone use while with the children



  • Experience working with children ages 3 months to 5 years old.
  • Maintain a current first aid and CPR certification.
  • Maintain a clean Criminal Record Check which includes a clear Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Provide and maintain an up to date Child Abuse Registry Check.
  • Attend Child Abuse Protocol Training and take YMCA’s online Child Abuse Training.

Reports to: Director of Early Learning Centre
# of Positions to Fill: 2-3 Relief Positions

Note: Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check, and a Child Abuse Registry Check. Employees will be required to complete YMCA Child Protection Training.

The YMCA of Cape Breton is an equal opportunity employer that 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 during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

How To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to today using the subject line “ELC Relief Staff”. Posting will remain open until positions are filled. Clearly indicate in your cover letter how you meet the qualifications. Please note that only candidates considered for interviews will be contacted.