Oct 27, 2022

Registered Early Childhood Educators

  • Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start
  • 1770 Courtwood Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 2B5, Canada
Full time Education Family and Social Services Youth Services

Job Description

Makonsag offers a full day, culturally based, licensed early learning and care center for 49 children including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This is a culture-based program for learning Indigenous traditions, values, and principles - protecting the land and respect for life. There is an onsite cook serving traditional foods and the program is located in a newly renovated building located on Courtwood Ave., off Woodward and Maitland.

Would you like to work in a community that fosters the holistic growth of Indigenous children? Do you have experience in the Indigenous community, identify as an Indigenous person, have an interest in learning more about the Indigenous culture? Makonsag, a licensed childcare centre, is looking for a Registered Early Childhood Educator to join our team! As an Registered Early Childhood Educator, you will provide nurturing care and early childhood education to meet the needs of children in a group setting (infants, toddlers, preschoolers in 3 program rooms) in partnership with parents, colleagues and community professionals.

Benefits of Working at Makonsag

  • Work directly in your community with Indigenous children

  • Continuous opportunities for professional growth

  • Celebrate cultural teachings and incorporate in program curriculum

  • Exciting professional development opportunities in Ottawa, Ontario and throughout Canada!

  • Cultural connections with Indigenous Early Learning community

  • Competitive salary and benefits

  • Opportunities to participate in other projects, community outreach and educational environments


In This Role You Will…

  • Demonstrate knowledge on early learning theories and strategies that support development and positive interactions with children and families

  • Develop program planning that reflects ‘How Does Learning Happen?’ pedagogy

  • Provide supervision of the children and implement program plans on a daily basis

  • Plan, develop, and implement an inclusive, stimulating early learning program in an indigenous cultural environment

  • Provide a welcoming and nurturing environment in the classroom by engaging in supportive and respectful interactions with children

  • Attend to the physical needs of children; instruct and assist in developing self-help skills such as washing, dressing, toileting and eating; attend to diapering needs

  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment as per Makonsag policies and procedures, and Ministry requirements

  • Attend meetings and/or professional development sessions as required

  • Promote an atmosphere of caring, sharing, honesty and respect.

  • Other duties as required


To Qualify for this Role, You Have…

  • Degree or diploma in Early Childhood Education

  • Registered and in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators

  • Safe Food Handlers Certificate

  • Standard First Aid, including infant and child CPR

  • Police record check (vulnerable sector) completed in the last 6 months

  • Knowledge of COVID-19 Policies in an Early Years setting;

  • TB test and other immunizations up-to-date unless seeking exemption and Proof of COVID-19 vaccine (Dose 1 & 2).

  • 2+ years demonstrated experience working in child care environment

  • Knowledge of Indigenous culture and traditions

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs of Indigenous children and families

  • Experience and working knowledge of ‘How Does Learning Happen?’ pedagogy and the Child Care and Early Years Act

  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment and communicate openly with team members, management and families

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, Indigenous language is an asset

 Indigenous candidates are encouraged to self- identify. We thank all who apply for this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.