There are multiple criteria when hiring an Early Childhood Educator, but first and foremost is a warm and genuine love and passion for children! Even if an Educator meets all other criteria on The Children's Garden Inc. checklist, they are not hired unless we are convinced they have this!
According to the Nova Scotia Daycare Act & Regulations, all persons working in a Licensed Childcare setting must have all of the following up-to-date certificates: First Aid & CPR, a Child Abuse Registry Check and a Criminal Record Check. Every staff is required to review and sign our Behaviour Management Policy, which outlines how the educators of The Children's Garden Inc. are to correct and guide behaviours.
Further, there are four different levels of education/training for an Early Childhood Educator: a Level 3 has graduated from a University with a Childcare Concentration (typically a Bachelor of Arts). A Level 2 has graduated from a College with a Childcare Concentration (a Diploma). A Level 1 has accumulated hours of experience and taken the required courses to qualify; and an 'untrained' person meets none of the above requirements, but has been brought unto the team with the belief that their experience and warm personality will benefit the children in our care at The Children's Garden Inc. In some instances, an untrained educator will pursue a Level qualification and The Children's Garden Inc. supports these endeavours fully. These Levels expire every 3 years and in order to keep them up-to-date all educators are required to take at least 30 hours of workshops in the 3 year period.
As you'll note below, The Children's Garden Inc. has an eclectic mix of backgrounds and Levels. Each of us contributes to the learning environment, striving for the highest quality of childcare. We look forward to meeting you and your family!