Aboriginal Infant Development Program Consultant (AIDP) Jan 2015
Reporting to the Daycare Manager, Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Daycare is seeking applications for an AIDP Consultant to provide services to Nanaimo, Chemainus and Nanoose First Nations.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Visit the homes of infants and preschool aged children to assess their development, create individualized activities for the children and their parents/families, and to stimulate or enhance optimal development and monitor progress.
- Administer developmental screenings and assessments including Nippissing, Battelle, Ages and Stages, Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire’s. Writes assessment reports and recommendations as needed.
- Develop, monitor, and keep accurate documentation of activity plans for each child/family on caseload.
- Connect with AIDP Assistant to plan and coordinate driving schedule for pick up and drop off of clients to Playgroup locations each week.
- Promote and support traditional cultural teachings and practices for our families, agency, and community.
- Build professional supportive relationships and rapport with the parents and extended families of the children referred to the AIDP program.
- Practice holistic, strength based principals.
- Maintain liaison with other health and social service professionals who work with Aboriginal families, such as, but not limited to: Elders, Physical therapists, Public Health workers, Occupational therapists, Speech and language pathologists and vision consultants.
- Maintain good relations with referral services including the Nanaimo Child Development Centre, Ministry of Children and Family Development, etc.
- Make appropriate referrals for further assessment and or support/counseling to other agencies or professionals as necessary.
- Facilitate parent education sessions and groups to increase parents’ knowledge of:
- Children’s normal growth and developmental milestones;
- Prenatal, postnatal and infant massage, post-partum depression, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, etc.
12. Become a resource person for community baby clinics, prenatal and postnatal classes and parenting groups to discuss child development and positive parenting practices.
13. In coordination with the greater Snuneymuxw First Nation Team (Health Centre, Daycare, School), provide parenting support or information in areas such as nutrition, education, safety, injury prevention, play, reading, music, bonding and attachment and ways of enhancing early brain development.
14. Facilitate a weekly playgroup for children and parents. These duties include but are not limited to: ensuring children are supervised by their parents at all times, meal preparation, clean up after meals, sharing of circle times, art activities, set up and cleaning of playgroup room, purchasing materials and supplies (including groceries), and cleaning of toys as needed.
15. Provide support to other AIDP staff as required.
Qualifications and Key Competency Requirements:
- Valid Infant Development certificate or diploma, CYC, FNCYC, ECE training or equivalent.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in Early Childhood Development or related work in child screening and assessment.
- Valid First Aid and Food Safe Certificates.
- Working knowledge of the stages of early child development stages; and assessment tools.
- Direct program delivery experience in the community social service sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of family centred care, early intervention child development, and community-based programs
- Energetic and self-motivated with demonstrated written, oral and presentation skills.
- Working knowledge of computer software including, MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
- Must possess and maintain a valid BC Driver’s License with a clean driving abstract, have a reliable vehicle to use for work, and obtain business insurance and increased liability insurance).
- Group Facilitation Skills
- Criminal Record Clearance required.
- Knowledge of Aboriginal Culture, traditions and socio-economic issues impacting Aboriginal families
- Cash handling skills considered an asset
Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Snuneymuxw First Nation
Attention: Beckie Wesley
668 B Centre Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 4Z4
Fax: (250) 753-5221
Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Right Code, preference may be given to Aboriginal Ancestry.