Junior Kindergarten Program Assistant OR Nursery Program Assistant

  • Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
  • 45 Walmer Road, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • May 10, 2022
Full-Time Teaching / Support Positions

Job Description

Established in 1925, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (JICS Lab School) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto is the oldest Laboratory School in Canada. The Laboratory School serves children from Nursery to Grade 6. It has a threefold mandate: exemplary education for the 200 children who attend the school; graduate teacher education, and research. The School makes a noted contribution to the understanding of strong educational practices in elementary schools in Canada and around the world. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining experience working with young children in an educational setting.

The JICS Lab School is looking for two individuals, one to assist the Junior Kindergarten teacher in the care of the children and the day to day running of the Junior Kindergarten program, and an additional person to assist the Nursery teachers in the care of the children and the day to day running of the Nursery program.

Please indicate in your application which assistant position you are applying to.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Assists in the implementation of indoor and outdoor daily activities; assists with the ongoing supervision of classroom, playground, group and routine activities. The children and educators spend a significant amount of time outside in all weather.
  • Collaborates as a member of the teaching team in ensuring the overall health and safety of all children by maintaining a sanitary and safe environment.
  • Provides assistance with arranging children’s play space to reflect the philosophy of the school and curriculum of the Program.
  • Assists with the daily preparation of the playground and classroom; cleans/organizes equipment and other areas of the classroom as needed.
  • Builds and maintains responsive relationships with children.
  • Shares observations of the children with the teacher to help with overall assessment.
  • Builds and maintains positive and professional relationships with parents; shares any relevant information communicated by parents with the teacher.
  • Provides care-giving routines such as toileting, serving snacks, dressing children to go outside, etc.
  • Nursery specific: Participates in program development meetings once a month.
  • Nursery specific: Support for an ongoing research study with George Brown College School of Early Childhood on environmental inquiry and outdoor education in the early years •Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

We seek applicants with the following professional qualifications and experience:

  • Work experience in childcare/with young children
  • Early Childhood Educator (RECE) or Early Childhood Assistant (ECA) qualifications an asset
  • First Aid Certification (can be obtained after hiring)
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Junior Kindergarten Program Assistant: This position is full-time, with the exception of Wednesday afternoons, with an entry level salary. 

Nursery Program Assistant: This position is part-time, as the Nursery is a morning only program, with an entry level salary.

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a complete application including: a CV, 2 references and a cover letter addressing the above requirements by Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 by email to oise.jicslabschool@utoronto.ca

Junior Kindergarten Program Assistant applicants: c/o: Richard Messina, Principal

Nursery Program Assistant applications: c/o: Chriss Boger, Vice-Principal

We thank all interested applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.