Company Overview

Tropicana Community Services, a Toronto-based multiservice organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices.  Our mission is achieved through culturally appropriate programs such as counselling, childcare, educational, and employment services and youth development.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Supervisor of Daycare, the early childhood educator will plan, organize and implement programs for children between the ages of 0 and 4 years. The ECE will lead children in activities to stimulate and develop a child’s social, intellectual, cognitive, physical and emotional growth as well as to ensure their security and well-being.

The successful candidate will comply with Covid-19 protocols to forester a safe environment for children, staff parents and visitors.

Department: Daycare
Reporting to: Supervisor, Daycare
Location: McCrae Site, Scarborough
Environment: Indoors & Outdoors
Start Date: ASAP
Regular Hours: 5.5 hours daily on instructional days, 7 hours on non instructional days
Extended Hours: Dependent on needs of the program

Areas of Responsibilities

  • Provide care for children and be aware of each child’s background, along with their social, emotional, and intellectual development
  • Make recommendations for external assessment when developmental delays are evident.
  • Encourage children to be as independent as their developmental level permits and provide choices to encourage decision making and self-regulation
  • Establish a rapport with children’s parents and provide information regarding children’s development and progress.
  • Ensure room is an interesting and inviting place through attractive room arrangement including setting up for quick retrieval of program supplies, displaying children’s artwork and creating appropriate educational displays
  • Attend to and provide for the health and safety needs of children through intervention and playroom arrangement
  • Plan weekly age-appropriate stimulating programming which reflects the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of children, delivering individual and group activities involving creative art, science, math, language and literacy, cognitive, sensory, dramatic, and outside play
  • Provide field trip experiences
  • Assist with basic housekeeping, sleep room and washroom routines
  • Work closely with and provide support to other staff to ensure that the program is planned and implemented with flexibility
  • Keep the supervisor informed of supply and equipment needs
  • Attend staff and team meetings as required

Skills and Qualifications


  • Completion of an Early Childhood Education Diploma program or a combination of education and experience in the related field

Work Experience

  • 1+ years of experience working with children
  • Working knowledge of The Child Care and Early Years Act
  • Sufficient knowledge of, “How does Learning Happen” & “The Assessment for Quality

Improvement Checklist

  • Experience working with children in a daycare setting
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization is an asset

Licenses & Certifications

  • Registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators
  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Negative Vulnerable Sector Screening Check issued within one year of hire date
  • Ministry required medical assessment

Language & Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both oral and written

Transferable Skills

  • Good interpersonal and relationship-building skills; Ability to establish a good rapport with parents and other employees as well as to relate well with children
  • Ability to perceive, shape and manage children’s behaviour
  • Ability to value diversity and be culturally sensitive as well as to work in a socially inclusive environment
  • Ability to deal with crisis and conflict by adopting de-escalation techniques
  • Ability to multitask and stay organized with a capacity to working in a team setting

How to Apply

Internal candidates are asked to submit a completed résumé, cover letter, no later than 5:00 pm, no later than 5:00 pm, April 22, 2022, to,

External candidates are asked to submit a completed résumé, cover letter, no later than 5:00 pm, May 20, 2022, to, 

Although we appreciate each application, only those candidates being considered for the position will be contacted.

It is a condition of employment that new employees provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start date of employment. This means that all new employees must have received all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada prior to their start date. Applicants who have appropriate written proof of a medical reason, or a reason pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may provide such documentation to the Human Resources department. Such situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tropicana Community Services is committed to creating an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Please inform the Human Resources department, at the time of your application, of any requirement for accommodation in order for us to assess all employees in a fair and equitable manner.