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Forest Kindergarten Teacher

Contract | September 2021-June 2022
Schedule | Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Salary |  Negotiable
Benefits  | Extended Health, Dental and Vision Benefits, School Garden

Job Description 

Hundred Acre Wood Forest Preschool is offering a forest kindergarten program and we are looking for an inspired educator to co-create our dream program!  

 

We are a licensed non-profit childcare centre in Heathcote ON.  We are situated on 100 acres of meadow and forested land, with an indoor facility that reflects our outdoor learning philosophy.  Our outdoor spaces include fire pits, trails, hills to climb, climbing trees, bike tracks, natural playgrounds, and more.  

 

The kindergarten teacher will have the opportunity to create and build a kindergarten program that is play based, emergent, and takes place in the natural and wild setting of Hundred Acre Wood.  Students will develop skills such as self-regulation, relationships, and ecological literacy in a small class ratio of 1:8.  The teacher will work independently while reporting to the director(s) and will follow the school calendar of the Blue Water District School Board.  

Please email cover letter and resume to Kim Edwards by clicking on "apply" 

Duties

  • Plan and facilitate a nature based curriculum that is modern, inclusive, and exceeds industry standards

  • Apply principles of emergent learning, child-led learning, and active inquiry

  • Care for and connect with each child 

  • Oversee the health and well-being of all program participants 

  • Correspond professionally with parents and staff 

  • Perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to administrative, gardening, cleaning and cooking when possible

Expectations

  • Must be physically able to assist children as required – (eg. Lifting, getting up and down from the floor frequently)

  • Must be prepared to dress appropriately for weather and conditions in order to be comfortable outside for long periods of time and at all times of the year ie. rain paints, bug jacket, etc.

  • Must have an understanding of centre policies and procedures and adhere to them at all times

  • The ability to provide outstanding customer service to children and parents 

  • Strong communication skills via text, phone, and email

  • An affinity for the natural world – either some education in this field or self-education and experience is an asset

  • Must take pride and joy in helping young children grow

Requirements

  • Two-year Community College Early Childhood Education Diploma or Bachelor of Education

  • At least 5 years experience working in the field of education

  • Experience in delivering outdoor education in an emergent format

  • Knowledge of play based learning and inquiry/child led learning

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR certification

  • A clear Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening done within the past 6 months

  • Up to date vaccinations