Early Childhood Educator - Infant Toddler Team Lead


Job Title:

Infant Toddler -Team Lead


Reports to:

Childcare Manager  



Support Services Team



4351 West Saanich Rd. Victoria, BC


Authority Level:


Occasional supervision of staff and volunteers


March 2019


Hourly Wage:




Organization Overview

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island has been supporting people in need on Vancouver Island since 1916, and we celebrated our 100th anniversary September 27th, 2016. Focused on impacting the lives of people affected by poverty, the Society offers emergency relief services while maintaining a focus and commitment to addressing the root causes that contribute to poverty in our communities. The Society currently provides 128 units of supportive and affordable housing, including the additional 42 units that came online in September 2016 with the opening of Rosalie’s Village in Saanich. Saint Vincent de Paul provides a wide range of community supports through the Social Concern Program including a food bank, home visit program, education, training and emergency rent/utility payments. Through the Ozanam Centre the Society operates a community integration program for persons with developmental disabilities, helping people achieve a higher quality of life. Believing in sustainable development, the Society operates 4 thrift stores that contribute to both financial sustainability and the provision of clothing and household items to those in need. More than 200 people make up the Society membership, supported by more than 300 volunteers and 75 staff.


Position Overview & Summary

Mary’s Place Childcare Centre offers 37 licensed spaces for children aged 6 months to 5 years. The Team Lead assumes responsibility for the day to day operation of the Child Care Centre. The Team Lead is responsible for program planning, working effectively with staff, working with families and children, connecting with the community, mentoring students, recording appropriate documentation, maintaining current files, developing their teams’ skills, and providing leadership in keeping with the philosophy of Mary’s place childcare Programs. This position reports to the Child Care Manager and ultimately, the Community Centre Director.   


Duties & Responsibilities  


Staff Supervision 

  • Manage caregiver resources effectively to ensure that they work as members of a team, have input into    planning, and have opportunities for improving their professional skills 
  • Have flexibility to change shifts to help provide coverage for absent child care providers when required 
  • Provide support and direction to caregivers regarding child development 
  • Provide feedback and input to the Child Care Manager for annual evaluations on each caregiver  
  • Help support staff through conflict resolution in a timely and appropriate manner 
  • Document all inappropriate staff conduct and report to the Child Care Manager
  • Ensure staff are following appropriate behaviour and guidance strategies with the children 
  • Hold weekly staff meeting (or when necessary)  


Plan, carry out, and assess developmentally appropriate activities and experiences in harmony with the centre’s philosophy 

  • Provide a daily balance of active/quiet, indoor/outdoor, and individual/group activities 
  • Establish and carry out a daily activity schedule that incorporates child directed activity, care routines, and transition times 
  • Assist children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations 
  • Use a variety of teaching techniques including modelling, observing, questioning, demonstrating, and reinforcing 
  • Encourage and assist children to practice self-help daily 
  • Plan and carry out experiences that foster an understanding of a variety of cultures and value systems 
  • Plan and carry out activities that encourage problem solving 
  • Learn and use the activities and skills provided to assist children in developing the necessary coping skills for addressing unique life issues 
  • Make daily observation of the health of children, report conditions needing attention, and administer first aid treatment  
  • Maintain progress records on the emotional, physical, social, and intellectual development of assigned children in day book
  • Assure that equipment and materials are accessible and in good condition


Ensure guidance of children’s behaviour that encourages positive self-concept 

  • Set reasonable behaviour expectations consistent with center’s philosophy and policies  
  • Provide positive guidelines such as redirecting, positive language, and positive reinforcement  
  • Immediately address problem behaviour without labelling the child 


Ensure the child’s environment is healthy and safe  

  • Follow the centre’s procedures for administering medications and maintaining health records 
  • Report all accidents, injuries and illnesses to the manager or delegate and record such incidents in the daily log book and as a serious occurrence if necessary 
  • Monitor the environment for hazards 
  • Update children’s allergies and other special conditions 
  • Establish daily eating routines that are fun for children 
  • Attend to children’s physical needs for toileting, diapering, eating and sleeping as promptly as possible 
  • Report all incidents of child abuse or neglect to the Child Care Manager and follow centre procedure and government regulations 
  • Release children only to authorized persons  
  • Provide and maintain a neat organized classroom  


Ensure positive communication with parents 

  • Plan parent meetings when appropriate 
  • Discuss the programs daily events and the child’s daily progress with parents 
  • Maintain a knowledge and understanding of the services offered by Mary’s place Childcare for referral to parents  
  • Initiate referrals or additional services for parents and children when necessary  


Contribute to the ongoing operations of the centre 

  • Follow licensing requirements 
    • Do monthly fire drill and bi-monthly earthquake drills  
    • Carry out the responsibilities assigned to you 
    • Attend regular staff meetings 
    • Participate in the annual performance review process 
    • Keep up to date with early childhood advocacy developments 
    • Maintain regular attendance and punctuality 
    • Keep attendance records of staff and children, check on reasons for absence when necessary  
    • Keep up to date medical files on staff and children, comply with health regulations 
    • Inform Childcare Coordinator of supplies needed for art, maintenance etc. and keep a record of it. 
    • Prepare monthly newsletter for parents  


 WorkSafe BC Employee Responsibility

  • Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times. Use the protective clothing, devices, and equipment provided. Co-operate with joint occupational health and safety committees, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafe BC prevention officers, and anybody with health and safety duties.
  • Be alert to hazardsReport them immediately to your supervisor or employer. Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times. Get treatment quickly should an injury happen on the job and tell the health care provider that the injury is work-related.
  • Other assigned duties, as required.


Qualifications / Assets  

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ITE if applicable) 
  • Current BC License to Practice 
  • Documentation in accordance with licensing requirements 
  • An understanding of the issues that affect children and their families 
  • Mature and responsible attitude towards work  
  • Strong documentation skills 
  • Ability to support the growth and development of staff 
  • Effective interpersonal skills under all types of conditions, exhibiting a supportive, positive approach 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to by 4 pm on April 29, 2019.

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