Umbrella offers a collegial and collaborative working environment where the philosophy and programs focus on each child and his/her family.
Most of the staff in Umbrella full day programs and kindergarten extended day programs have an ECE diploma and are registered in the College of Early Childhood Educators (RECE). Staff in school age programs may have an ECE diploma or degree or training and experience in a related field.
In order to be employed by Umbrella, staff are required to demonstrate an awareness of the developmental needs of children and knowledge of current best practices in early childhood education. Experience working with children with special needs is considered an asset when joining our team and additional training is provided on hiring.
All staff are required to provide a current Police Record with Vulnerable Sector check prior to being employed, to renew this every five years and to provide a Declaration of Non-Offense in the years in between.
Umbrella offers competitive wages, benefits, paid programming time, networking and professional development opportunities, including a membership in ASCY and the Ontario Reggio Association.
Employees receive additional training on being hired and are required to complete a minimum of sixteen professional development hours each year.