Extra Support Educator Worker (Awahsuk Preschool)

Job description

About Us:

The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA) is a rapidly growing Indigenous community-based organization, serving BC’s largest urban Indigenous population of children, youth, families & Elders. Our Vision is to build a community of strong, healthy, successful Indigenous people connected to each other and to their roots by fostering their health & well-being through culturally relevant services, support, and advocacy


  • Opportunity to work alongside cultural knowledge keepers & Elders;
  • Chance to obtain program specific certifications;
  • Holistic, culturally safe, approaches to serving our clients and community;
  • Freedom to share and observe own cultural practices (i.e. smudging in the office);
  • Parking available on-site;
  • Extended Health Benefits Package (Medical, Dental, Travel) and Employee Assistance Plan after 3-month continuous employment;
  • Paid sick/personal leave days;
  • Paid vacation days;
  • Offices located along main transportation routes; main office by the Skytrain station.

while gaining valuable experience in the field of life skills training. If you are compassionate, patient, and dedicated to helping others reach their full potential, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding position.

Aboriginal Extra Support Educator/Worker

Responsibilities at Awahsuk AHS Preschool


  • A minimum of completed post-secondary training program for working with children with special needs and or equivalent work experience.
  • A valid emergency childcare First Aid certificate
  • A valid Food Safe certificate
  • A clear tuberculosis test and immunization booster
  • A clear criminal record check
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Aboriginal culture, language, and traditions an asset
  • Ability to relate well with Aboriginal children and families
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position


  • · To provide support to children with identified extra support needs so that they can participate as fully as possible in regular programming at Awahsuk Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) Preschool, consistent with the philosophy and guidelines stated in our Policy and Procedures manual.
  • · To work as a team member with Awahsuk AHS Preschool staff and with all the children and families, providing general support to the whole program to ensure effective inclusion of designated children.


  • · For day-to-day matters, the extra support educator reports to the Sr. Educator/Coordinator, Awahsuk AHS Preschool.
  • · For matters concerning strategies and support for special needs specifically, the Coordinator/Sr. Educator consults with the Reach ASCD Consultant after discussion with the extra support educator.

· For job performance monitoring and evaluation of extra support educator, the Sr. Educator discusses matters first with the Awahsuk AHS Preschool Program Coordinator, who may decide to involve the ASCD Consultant.

Job Duties:

1). Responsibility: Provide additional program support to designated children to ensure inclusion with the Awahsuk AHS program.


  • a) Contribute to development of Child and Family Support Plans (CFSPs) for designated children.
  • b) Implement children’s CFSP goals in the classroom.
  • c) Support with personal care to children as needed, such as toileting, dressing, seizure treatment, medication, lifting, carrying, and positioning.
  • d) Observe children’s response and progress to the CFSP and recommend changes to the Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) Consultant as necessary.
  • e) Provide suggestions to other classroom staff at the preschool about strategies and activities to work with designated children.
  • f) Ensure daily and monthly progress reports and monthly attendance reports are completed.
  • g) Provide input to curriculum and program planning regarding the needs of designated children.
  • h) Be responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of adapted equipment.
  • i) Model ways to interact with and guide designated children for other classroom staff and families.
  • j) Support and facilitate transitions to other programs including school, as directed by the ASCD Consultant.
  • k) Participate in evaluation processes required by Host Agency and funders.
  • l) Provide childminding for children of parents involved in ISP planning meetings, as requested by the ASCD Consultant.

2) Responsibility: Work as part of the Awahsuk AHS Preschool program team to plan and implement curricula for all children at the preschool.


  • a) Contribute to developing culturally based curriculum and emergent curriculum as necessary to meet the needs of the children, consistent with Aboriginal societal values.
  • b) Participate in program planning.
  • c) Implement emergent curriculum and developmentally appropriate activities and experiences by using observations of the children’s interests and abilities.
  • d) Assist with planning, implementing, and supervising indoor and outdoor activities.
  • e) Assist with organizing the space, equipment, and materials before activities begin.
  • f) Assist with clean up.
  • g) Act as a bus monitor.
  • h) Assist with snack preparation as required.
  • i) Follow all licensing requirements.
  • j) Follow all Public Health Agency of Canada requirements including record-keeping.
  • k) Observe and record the children’s developmental progress on an ongoing basis.
  • l) Document and report the need for referrals or additional services for parents and children to the Coordinator/Senior Educator.
  • m) Attend regular staff meetings.
  • n) Maintain confidentiality of all information related to the preschool’s children, families, and staff.
  • o) Maintain professional development through workshops and conferences that are relevant to the field of ECE and Special Education.
  • p) Contribute to a positive team environment.

We thank all that apply, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Open until suitable candidate is found.

*Pursuant to S. 41 of the BC Human Rights code, preference may be given to Aboriginal Applicants.

We are committed to the National Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. FRAFCA is engaged primarily in promoting or serving the interests of Indigenous peoples, FRAFCA prioritizes employment to Indigenous peoples. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants, unless that preference or employment would constitute a discriminatory practice under the Canadian Human Rights Act

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time – (Benefits for full-time)

Pay: $23.00-$26.00 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off
  • Wellness program

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • Monday to Friday


  • Secondary School (preferred)

Work Location: In person