Early Childhood Educator

Relief • Childcare • Casual


Through the vision to eliminate poverty in our community and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. Our mission is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to cultural, social, and economic prosperity. We empower people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community and have sustainable livelihoods, secure housing, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. By joining Bissell Centre, you will become part of a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to realize our vision.

Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for the right individual to fill the casual position of Early Childhood Educator. This position is responsible for creating and developing an environment that meets the individual social, physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of children aged infant to six years.


Program Delivery

  • Ensure all play and learning activities are conducted in a safe and healthy atmosphere
  • Implement the Alberta curriculum framework(flight) in day-to-day programming
  • Develop activities that consider each child’s individual interests and developmental levels
  • Develop activities that enhance self-esteem and encourage children’s independence, social interaction, and creativity
  • Establish rapport and trust with children and parents/caregivers by building and developing relationships
  • Adapt or modify activities to enable children with special needs to participate
  • Support caregivers with any parenting concerns that they may have and share information about child development, pertaining to the child’s ASQ results
  • Develop monthly program plans and daily and weekly activity charts
  • Refer participants to internal and external resources when appropriate or to the ECDRW
  • Liaise and develop with ECDRW steps to assist children/parents to access early intervention
  • Attendance at monthly childcare team meetings and all Bissell Centre Organization meetings as directed by the Program Manager
  • Supervision of children according to licensing standards

General and Administrative

  • Maintain accurate written file notes, computer records, program information, and critical incident reports within established time standards
  • Provide latest program information and updated statistics as required
  • Participate in probationary and annual performance reviews
  • Attend scheduled staff and supervision meetings
  • Perform other duties as required


Education and Experience

  • Level 1, 2, or 3 certifications in childcare
  • Minimum 6 months’ related working experience
  • Professional memberships e.g. ACCA, NAEYC
  • Familiarity working with children affected by behavioural and/or developmental delays

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong listening and verbal communication skills with children, parents/caregivers and ECD staff
  • Good written and oral communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Good working knowledge of possible signs of abuse/neglect
  • Good working knowledge of Daycare Licensing Standards, ASQ
  • Excellent knowledge of community resources pertaining to children’s health and education needs
  • Familiarity with issues of poverty and Edmonton’s urban core
  • Must be able to lift and carry approximately 50 lbs


The Early Childhood Educator should demonstrate competence in all the following:

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure own behaviour is consistent with these standards and aligns with the mission and core values of Bissell Centre.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Focus on Participant Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of participants and the community to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Foster Teamwork: Foster, sustain and role model productive team management practices, and contribute to a positive team environment. Share expertise and knowledge to support, coach and develop others.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make clear decisions that are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organizational Skills: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create, and implement action plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.


  • Team Lead of Programming


  • Criminal Record Check
  • CWIS Check


  • Childcare First Aid with CPR Certification
  • Conflict Into Calm Training
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Routine Practices

The above-noted training must be completed during the first six months of employment.


Job Type: Casual/ Relief

Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to:

Sylvianne Robinson

Manager, Early Childhood Development Program

E-mail: srobinson@bissellcentre.org




We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.

Application Deadline: May 14th, 2021

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