Program Assistant


The role of the Program Assistant (PA) is to assist the teaching team in supporting a child(ren) with special needs who is/are attending a licensed child care program. It is intended to enhance the child/staff ratio. The PA is an additional support to the GROUP and is not to be included as part of the ratio.

Key Objectives

  • To perform duties in accordance with the mission statement and core values of AFCS and the mandateof Group Child Care Program.
  • To support and assist the ECEs in supporting a child(ren) with special needs who is/are attending alicensed child care program.

Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Supports and makes a commitment to the principles of inclusion.
  • Is familiar with the activities, routines, philosophy, policies and procedures of the child careprogram.
  • Recognizes the need for the child(ren) to interact with all children and staff in the child careprogram.
  • Assists in providing optimal opportunities for the child(ren) to fully participate in all activities.
  • Facilitates and engages other children in activities in order to create opportunities for peerinteractions.
  • Participates in discussions with the teaching team and the Resource Consultant when appropriate.
  • Participates in staff meetings and training opportunities as required and approved by the Resource Consultant.
  • Responds to daily direction given by the Educator and/or Supervisor.
  • Implements program activities and recommended strategies including those outlined in the Team Service Plan in partnership with the teaching team.
  • Maintains good working relations with the teaching staff to ensure effective communication and team work.
  • Maintains confidentiality at all times.


  • Clear Police Record Check (Vulnerable sector) completed in the last 6 months
  • Valid Standard First Aid and CPR certification
  • Experience working with children who have special needs
  • Skills and knowledge in behaviour guidance would be an asset
  • An additional language would be an asset

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