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Primary Forest School Teacher

Contract | September 2021-June 2022
Schedule | Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Salary |  $26-28/hr
Benefits  | Extended Health, Dental and Vision Benefits, School Garden

Job Description 

Hundred Acre Wood Forest Preschool is offering a Primary grades (grades 1-4) 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 Primary teacher will have the opportunity to create and build a primary program that is child-led, emergent, and takes place in the natural and wild setting of Hundred Acre Wood.  The class will be a mixed age class of grades 1 through 4.  The educator will pull from educational methods such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.  Students will be encouraged to ask questions and then research and pursue their curiousities.  The teacher will facilitate each child's development in the core competencies of the program.  

 

The ideal candidate for this role is a leader and innovator in the field of outdoor education.  You have worked with the primary grades in an outdoor education setting and also have an understanding of their growth and development needs.  You are excited to build relationships with each child and to guide them in their learning and growth.  You believe in an alternative educational model for children and can communicate it's benefits to stakeholders. 

Learning outcomes include:

1) Nature Connection

2) Sense of Self

3) Community Care

4) Physical Literacy

5) Academic Skills

in a small class ratio of 1:8.  The teacher will work independently while reporting to the director(s) and will follow the Hundred Acre Wood School Calendar.   

Please email cover letter and resume to Kim Edwards kim@forestpreschool.ca

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 

  • Evaluate learning through observation, conversation, and work completion

  • Prepare and distribute term reports for each child

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

Expectations

  • The primary educator is an innovative, outdoor educator who sees the endless potential of education beyond the 4 walls of the classroom

  • 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 pants, 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

  •  Bachelor of Education or equivalent life experience

  • 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 upon job offer