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Temporary Early Childcare Educator

Terra Centre

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Mission:          Empowering Teen Parents to Succeed

Vision:             Teen Parent Families Thrive and Enrich our Community

Job ID:             22-024TERRA

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for 50 years Terra is recognized for its leadership, innovation, and collaboration.  Annually more than 1,000 young parents and their children benefit from a comprehensive range of services. Through the compassionate work of the staff, we help parents and children to develop and reach their full potential by recognizing and responding to their unique and individual needs. Terra staff are guided by the Code of Honour which supports, respects, and celebrates our families and staff (https://terracentre.ca/what-is-terra/careers/).  If you share our values and support our mission and vision, please consider joining our team. 

Job Overview and Conditions:

Reporting to the Manager Early Childhood Development the Early Childhood Educator works 35 hours/week (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM). This is a temporary full-time position from December to June with the possibility of an extension. The Early Childhood Educator works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to co-create responsive environments that value play as a learning process and nurtures children’s well-being. Early childhood educators work within a practice of relationship with the whole family to share and generate ideas to learn more about their children.

Key responsibilities:

  • Build trusting and supportive relationships with children and families.
  • Honor families in the life of the child.
  • Engage in practices that honor children as mighty learners and citizens
  • Plan and implement programming in collaboration with team to ensure each child’s developmental needs and emerging interests are supported.
  • Engage parent and child(ren) in activities that strengthen their relationship.
  • Engage with children and families in events that support their connection to community.
  • Participate in the model of co-inquiry process (observation, documentation, reflection, planning and implementation) with children, parents, and colleagues.
  • Document children’s learning experience through formats that include learning stories, project documentation using multiple perspectives- children, co-educators, and family
  • Incorporate cultural factors in the planning and delivering of programming
  • Actively participate in continuous professional development
  • Provide mentoring support to teen parent families.
  • Work in collaboration with agency programs and community partners in the best interest of the family.
  • Provide operational supports for the continuity of programming for children and families
  • Serve as an advocate for children and families.
  • Conduct required program related assessments, evaluations, and reports.


  • COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for all Terra staff, volunteers, and contractors.  Successful candidates will be required to agree to comply with Terra mandatory vaccine policy and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of their employment before commencement.
  • Early Childhood Educator level 3 Certification is required
  • Brain Story Certification considered an asset (AFWI).
  • Trauma-informed Care Training considered an asset
  • Completion of the MacEwan Flight Course (Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum) considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of pedagogical documentation process considered an asset.
  • Experience working with children 0-3 years.
  • Experience working with children from diverse backgrounds
  • A current (within last 6 month) Criminal Record Check and CWIS Record Check are required
  • Current Childcare CPR & First Aid certificate
  • Must be at least 18 years old

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Alberta Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework (Flight)
  • Knowledge of Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Regulations
  • Knowledge of Alberta Nutritional Guidelines for Children and Youth

Core Behavioral Competencies

Terra values are core to the organization. We strive to hire individuals who possess these behavioral competencies at all levels of the organization.

  • Personal Leadership: Practices inclusion, communicates openly and effectively, demonstrates self-awareness 
  • Productive Relationships: Develops networks, collaborates, develops self and others 
  • Results Focus: Applies outcomes-based problem solving and systems thinking, demonstrates evidence-informed decision making  
  • Service Excellence: Practices innovation, facilitates a culture of learning, demonstrates continuous improvement  


Fifty one percent of the young parents served by Terra are Indigenous.  The agency promotes and expects staff to invest in building knowledge and skills to be culturally competent in serving this population and all Black Indigenous and People of Colour.  Engaging in ceremony and cultural activities is stressed to promote experiential learning.  The Strategic Plan includes intentional actions to advance the agency efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

As an agency we are working to build a foundation of knowledge and skills to be an antiracist organization, to understand and respond to systemic racism that creates barriers and inequality in the workplace and in society.

No person will be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to their abilities. Recruitment and advancement will not discriminate on the grounds of any protected characteristics under Alberta Human Rights or Canadian Human Rights legislation.

Individuals will be recruited to positions based on their skills, qualifications and attributes required for employment and alignment to agency core values.

Vaccine Policy

As a condition of employment, all Terra employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 or regularly undergo COVID 19 testing before entering the workplace.  Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of their COVID 19 vaccination prior to commencement.  If you are the successful applicant and cannot be fully vaccinated on the basis of a protected ground under human rights legislation you may request an accommodation that will be reviewed by Terra

Salary: $37,915 – $42,660 (Dependent on experience)

How to Apply

Please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include “22-024TERRA – Early Childcare Educator” in subject line of the email. Closing Date: Until suitable candidate found.