Aboriginal Infant/Child Development Worker
Located within the traditional unceded territory of the sylix people, Westbank First Nation is a progressive and prosperous self-governing First Nation. The Okanagan Valley truly has it all, including a great climate, stunning scenery, world-class ski resorts, golf courses, wineries and beaches.
Westbank First Nation values diversity and we are committed to creating a healthy, strong and vibrant community through programs and services that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and healing. Come join our team and become part of an innovative and rewarding place to work.
The Aboriginal Infant & Supported Child Development Casual Worker provides support and services to children aged 0-11 and their families on an on-call basis. This position is part of the Community Services Team, specifically within the AIDP/ASCD team of the Early Years department.
Primarily works in a therapeutic support capacity with the After School Program (ASP), Westbank Child Development Center (WCDC), Sensisyusten, and Family Program to ensure infants/ children requiring additional assistance are able to fully participate in activities – i.e. free play, circle time, groups, gym, outdoors, nourishment, field trips, and nap time
Performs home visits with infants/ preschool aged children and families to follow through with appointment attendance, therapeutic interventions/ strategies, and ongoing monitoring of development
Supports infants and/or children requiring additional assistance in social-emotional, cognitive, physical, communication, adaptive or other areas of development
Physically assists infants and/or children through transition times
Follows, implements, and monitors daily plans, activities and experiences to meet goals for infants and/or children as directed by ASCD/AIDP Workers and/or Consultant
Provides support, resources, therapeutic strategies, interventions, and services in a flexible, responsive, and individualized manner as directed by ASCD/AIDP Workers and/or Consultant
Provides curriculum based programming for infants/children to promote Okanagan culture and language, pre-school/school readiness, health and nutrition, social development, play and daily experiences that enrich the development of all infants/children as directed by ASCD/AIDP Workers and/or Consultant
Supports families with transportation to professional appointments and services as directed by ASCD/AIDP Workers and/or Consultant
Documents daily communication with professionals and coworkers, case notes, direct support hours, progress on therapeutic goals, strategies and interventions
Plans, facilitates and actively participates in programs for parents such as developmentally focused play groups, parent education/ strategies and assists with current groups to develop relationships with families thus reducing isolation, as directed by ASCD/AIDP Workers and/or Consultant
Plans and facilitates programs for infants/ children such as mother goose, social thinking, moe the mouse, ALERT, zones of regulation etc. as directed by ASCD/AIDP Workers and/ or Consultant
Works collaboratively and flexibly with child development professionals such as; speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behaviour interventionists, counsellors, psychologists, teachers, first nations advocates and parents/ caregivers
Administers developmental screenings (ASQ, ASQ-SE etc.) as directed by ASCD/AIDP Workers and Consultant
Adheres to family-centred practice philosophy
Practices and promotes model of inclusion
Supports ASCD/ AIDP Workers with program preparation, planning and implementation as directed by ASCD/ AIDP Workers and/or Consultant
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND CERTIFICATION
Certificate/Diploma/Certification in one or more of the following areas: Infant Development, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, Certified Education Assistant, Social Work, Human Services, or equivalent combination of child development training and experience
Training and/or certification: ASQ/ ASQ-SE, DAYC-2, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Circle of Security Parenting Program, Social Thinking, ALERT program, Zones of Regulation, ADHD, Moe the Mouse, Mother Goose etc.
Previous experience working in a First Nation setting
Previous experience working in childcare settings
Previous experience with families and home visitation preferred
Previous AIDP/ ASCD experience preferred
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS
Ability to work a flexible schedule
Valid BC Driver’s license, acceptable driver’s abstract, reliable transportation and business class insurance with $5 million liability
Reliable, self-motivated, organized and able to work independently when required
Willingness to learn, take direction and receive constructive feedback
Is of good character and able to positively role model healthy life choices
Working knowledge of developmental problems, learning disorders & sensory integration
Working knowledge of trauma-informed and family-centred practice
Knowledgeable of inclusive practices and individual support strategies
A competitive starting hourly rate, commensurate with appropriate experience is offered.
Interested applicants should begin the application process by clicking on the link below, fully completing the MY PRESENCE tab, including the MY REFERENCES. Upon completion, click APPLY NOW, fill in the application form, and ensure your cover letter and resume is attached.
Opportunity is open until Sunday, September 20, 2020
*Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted*