New Westminster Family Place
The Playroom Assistant of the New Westminster Family Place works as part of the New West Family Place team under the direction of the Playroom Supervisor. He/she works with the Playroom Supervisor to provide safe, high quality playroom activities for children aged (0-5) and assists with providing a safe stimulating and enjoyable environment for the children. The position reports directly to the Playroom Supervisor.
Preparing the Playroom
Assists with planning and implementation of a full range of age and developmentally appropriate playroom activities in co-operation with the Playroom Supervisor.
Sets up the playrooms for the daily programme and helps tidy away at the end of the session, ensuring that all toys and equipment are clean and safe. Playroom preparation may include activates such as;
- making play dough,
- preparing and serving snacks,
- changing the art board in the playroom,
- decorating the playroom and
- shopping for supplies.
- Maintains an emotionally safe, respectful and inclusive environment within the drop-in programs.
- Maintains appropriate health and safety standards within the drop-in programs.
- Develops and implements the children’s art program.
- Assists with providing a healthy environment for playroom volunteers.
Administrative Duties related to the Playroom
- Updates the monthly schedule.
- Ensures files related to the drop-in program are current.
- Answers the phone.
Assists with the Toy Lending Library
- Manages the day-to-day operations of the Toy Lending Library. This includes;
- providing advice on play and toy selection,
- supporting families,
- supervising volunteers, and
- managing the toy display.
- Orients new families to activities within the Playroom.
- Develops and maintains healthy and professional relationships with families.
- Works at fund raising events as required.
- Provides cover for absent colleagues, subject to availability.
- Undertakes any other duties as assigned by the Playroom Supervisor and/or the Executive Director.
The Playroom Assistant will be thoroughly committed to the Family Place mandate and will have successfully completed:
- An Early Childhood Education Assistant Certification and/or a combination of education and experience related to early childhood field.
- Level one of a First-Aid and C.P.R. course.
He/She will have
- A working knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns affecting children from 0-5 years and their families.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- An ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
- Experience working in a cross-cultural setting.
- Basic computer skills.
- A clear Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector check is required. Valid driver’s licence and use of a vehicle is necessary (regular shopping – weekly). Knowledge of a second language is a definite asset and be able to occasionally work flexible hours.
This is a part time (15 – 20 hours per week) position.