Tiny Tot Early Years Centres in Charlottetown and Tiny Tot Rainbow Centre in Summerside offer programs for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children. There are two licensed centres in Charlottetown and a licensed one in Summerside:
- 55 Pope Avenue, Charlottetown has about 80 children and 15 to 18 employees
- 195 Kensingston Road, Charlottetown has about 100 children and 16 to 20 employees
- 382 Duke Street, Summerside has about 50 children and there are 12 employees
The centres are open from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday.
There is a mix of ages, and turnover is low at the moment. Many of the staff are women. “Two men work at one of our Charlottetown locations,” says Pam Barrett, Director of the Kensington Road centre. “They have been with us a long time. It’s nice to have that mix for the children.”
- Assistants and Supervisors
- Infant Educators
- School-Age Child Educators
- Pre-Kindergarten Child Educators
- Special Needs Educators
- Kitchen Manager
- Office staff
“We hire as needed, depending on the number of children registered, and as the care of the children with special needs warrants,” says Pam.
Wages and benefits
“We are guided by the wage grid under the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture,” says Pam. “Wages depend on workers’ level of education.
“Our permanent, full-time staff receive full benefits. Depending on education and need between the three centres, there is the possibility of part-time staff becoming full-time.”
“It’s a busy environment where there is a lot of lifting and bending, especially with the infants and pre-school children. There is a lot of outdoor time and guiding children through a day-to-day routine.”
How do they advertise for staff?
The centre advertises jobs on the Job Bank and by word of mouth. They also have taken on-the-job training students who then have been hired.
“We ask about their experiences dealing with children and how they would deal with any behaviours should they arise, as well as any parent interactions involving their child’s day,” Pam says. “We also ask how they show flexibility and initiative.”
“We also ask what age of children they prefer to work with. We talk about our own staff and the changes and situations they deal with day to day.”
Job shadowing and on-the-job training
“We often take in young people who may be interested in a career in childcare. We talk to them about what the day might look like.
“We share feedback about their natural skills and abilities, and give them more insight about entering this field.”
“Volunteers read stories or play music,” Pam says. “The majority of our volunteers are taking an early childcare course and need the required 40 hours in a childcare setting. A family member may have a skill they would like to show the children. We are always open to ideas from the community.”
Ongoing training indeed
Each early childhood educator is expected to take 30 hours of training every three years to stay current in their field.
For more information, call Pam Barrett at 902-892-7525.