Registered Early Childhood Educator

Full-time, on-site position


As an Early Childhood Educator, you are energetic, warm and caring.
You are creative and always coming up with new ways to engage children.
You are passionate about community and want to help grow strong Indigenous children.

Wabano is seeking positive, community-minded team members who are energized by challenge and motivated to serve our community. As an organization who works with the Indigenous community of Ottawa, it’s important that we provide opportunities to our community first, so First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority – please self-identify.

The Role

The Early Childhood Educator will engage children and families in child development activities through connection to culture, play, nutrition, and physical activity.

Some of the responsibilities of this position are: 

  • Create, implement and coordinate culturally appropriate play groups for children and their families;
  • Engage traditional knowledge keepers to deliver traditional dance, song, drumming and storytelling appropriate for early years’ development;
  • Establish and carry out activity schedules that incorporate child directed activity, routines, transition times;
  • Coordinate outings, ceremonies and celebrations for the program;
  • Organize space, equipment and materials before activities;
  • Assist children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations;
  • Ensure guidance of children’s behaviour that encourages positive self-concept and identity growth;
  • Ensure the children’s environment is healthy and safe;
  • Positively communicate with parents and families, children and youth;
  • Promote program at community events and other promotional opportunities;
  • Provide information, education and referrals to other Wabano services as appropriate;
  • Prepare food for program group as required.


Don’t disqualify yourself! You may not have all these qualifications, but Wabano values and recognizes the lived experiences of Indigenous people.

  • Post-secondary completion in Early Childhood Education;
  • Two years of experience working with children ages 0-4;
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for Indigenous culture;
  • Experience in planning activities and organizing schedules for children’s programs;
  • Ability to be energetic, resilient and maintain a sense of humour when personal resources are challenged;
  • A high degree of personal initiative with good planning and organization skills;
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of the Early Years team, facilitating a team environment through personal behaviour, work contributions and the sharing of expertise and knowledge;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to stand, bend, crouch, lift, participate in indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a clear criminal reference check to work with vulnerable population;

Why Work for Us

  • Collaborative and Supportive Work Environment
  • Comprehensive Group Health and Dental Insurance
  • Employee Pension Plan (defined benefits) with matching contribution from Wabano
  • Employee Assistance Program – the best in the world
  • Four (4) weeks paid vacation time
  • Ten (10) paid personal/sick days
  • Access to cultural teachings and knowledge keepers
  • Work with dynamic teams from various sectors

Application Details

Please submit your application to jobs@wabano.com. Application materials include a cover letter and resume. This opportunity will remain open until filled, so tell us your story early!

Wabano is an inclusive and equitable organization, encouraging applications from qualified candidates, including persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous ancestry (please self-identify in your application).

Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Don’t think this is the right job for you? Let us try and find you the right fit within Wabano.



Contact email: jobs@wabano.com

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