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June 22, 2012

Teaching Assistants and Designated Early Childhood Educators

We are seeking casual Teaching Assistants and Designated Early Childhood Educators for our supply pool.

Teaching Assistants provide support to students with special needs who are either physically/ developmentally challenged or who have identified behavioural difficulties.  They work with these children with special needs in a classroom setting, either in a regular classroom or in a “contained” classroom.

Designated Early Childhood Educators work collaboratively with the classroom teacher to plan and implement a full day early learning program within a classroom setting.

Casual Teaching Assistants and Designated Early Childhood Educators work on an “as needed” basis, filling in for staff who are away or on leave.  Assignments vary from one or two days up to one year.  Permanent positions, when available, are posted internally to the attention of all casual Teaching Assistants and Designated Early Childhood Educators. 

Teaching Assistants and Designated Early Childhood Educators work during the school year only.  There will be school shut down periods at Christmas, March Break, and during the summer months when Teaching Assistants and Designated Early Childhood Educators do not work and are not paid.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be interviewing candidates, whose skills, experience and qualifications best meet the requirements of the position.


Teaching Assistant Qualifications:

All Teaching Assistants working in Peel require the appropriate degree/diploma (Eg. B.A. - Child and Youth Care; B.A. – Early Childhood Studies; B.A.- Psychology; B.A.- Exceptionality in Human Learning; B.A. – Sociology; BSW – Social Work; CYW - Child and Youth Worker; Community and Justice Diploma; Corrections Worker Diploma; DDW - Developmental Disabilities Worker; DSW - Developmental Service Worker; EA - Educational Assistant; ES - Educational Support; Intervenor for Deaf-Blind Persons; Post ECE Advanced Studies in Special Needs; RN - Registered Nurse; RPN - Registered Practical Nurse; SSW - Social Service Worker). Transcripts may be requested to support relevant course detail.

Experience in working with special needs children is essential and school-based experience is a definite asset. Candidates must also be able to perform the essential physical duties of the positions, such as lifting and transferring children and equipment.

Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.

Designated Early Childhood Educator Qualifications:

• 2 Year community college Early Childhood Education Diploma
• Proof of registration with the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators
• Knowledge of the Ministry of Education Full Day Early Learning Program
• Ability, experience and skill in working as a member of a team
• Ability to communicate in a sensitive, courteous manner with children, parents/caregivers, staff and the general public
• Understanding and commitment to confidentiality
• Basic computer skills
• Awareness of safe food handling practices
• Related Experience in planning and implementing age-appropriate programs is an asset 
• Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment


How to apply:

Applications for Teaching Assistants and Designated Early Childhood Educators must be made on-line through VIP – Virtually in Peel.

We regret that we are only able to contact those candidates whom we will interview.

Criminal Record Check:

For the safety of students, successful candidates will be required to submit a satisfactory criminal record check prior to the commencement of any employment duties.  Recent changes made by the RCMP have resulted in significant processing delays for some candidates.  You may wish to start the process to obtain your criminal record check as soon as possible.

Commitment to Equity:

The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the full diversity of the Region of Peel.  We will make any reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, to support candidates to participate in the hiring process.

When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process, such as tests and skill demonstrations. We will provide employment accommodation (i.e. an accessible location, rescheduling of interviews that fall on holy days) if we are advised of an applicant's needs in advance of any part of the selection process.


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