AP 420.4 - Role of the Early Learning Educator

Early Learning Educators provide a learning environment through a play-based readiness program designed to meet the developmental needs of young learners prior to kindergarten. The Early Learning Educator’s specific responsibilities will be identified using this role description as a guide.


The Early Learning Educator is directly responsible and accountable to the Principal.

 A.  Fostering Effective Relationships:

  1. The  Early Learning Educator communicates effectively to ensure strong relationships with all stakeholders by:
    1. Ensuring a professional and welcoming environment;
    2. Communicating effectively and keeping the Principal informed;
    3. Communicating to the Principal if he/she is unable to perform his/her duties;
    4. Guiding children’s behaviour through positive redirection;
    5. Participating with the parents, learning support teacher and Principal in developing individual program plans to meet learning needs.
  2.  The Early Learning Educator’s values and attitudes toward his/her role serve  to support the Principal by:
    1. Demonstrating a positive attitude towards all stakeholders;
    2. Building positive relationships with all stakeholders;
    3. Working independently, organizing and using time effectively;
    4. Working cooperatively with others;
    5. Demonstrating the ability to be flexible;
    6. Continuing to improve his/her effectiveness, expertise and job related skills;
    7. Meeting the Articulation, Language and thinking skills, Literacy, Social Competence, Physical Health and Well-Being, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional Maturity (ALLSPICE) needs of all the children;
    8. Observing children to determine if extra assistance is needed; and
    9. Directing the activities of the educational assistant.

B.  Supporting the Learning Community

  1. Supports the decisions made by the Principal in an ethical framework by:
    1. Maintaining confidentiality at all times;
    2. Demonstrating punctuality and appropriate dress for the school setting;
    3. Working within the policies and procedures of the school and the Division;
    4. Conducting oneself in a professional and ethical manner;
    5. Respecting the dignity and rights of students and staff members;
    6. Providing accurate information to stakeholders;
    7. Promoting literacy with staff and students;
    8. Providing a safe and caring environment where children feel secure;
    9. Informing the educational assistants of Early Learning Program expectations;
    10. Liaising with parents;
    11. Keeping current with professional development by attending Early Learning Meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences.

 C.  Supporting School Operations

  1. Assists the Principal in the organization and management of the human, physical and financial resources of the school.
    Provides support by:
    1. Ensuring accuracy of all documents;
    2. Assisting with the organization of activities;
    3. Maintaining an inventory of all materials and equipment;
    4. Ensuring all resources are in appropriate form;
    5. Implements and plans using Palliser’s Early Learning Program Principles through a play-based environment;
    6. Other duties as assigned by the Principal.


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