At The Little Campus, we know that little ones need a lot of TLC. That’s why our curriculum is loaded with tender loving care.
The Little Campus, founded in 2020, is a state-of-the-art Early Learning Centre located in Etobicoke, part of Toronto’s west end. The great thing about being the new kid on the block? We get to breathe new life into the industry — and one of our top priorities is how we treat our staff.
Our founder & president began her career in education, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that she has a huge amount of respect for those in the teaching profession and a true understanding of what this job entails. So you can be confident that you’ll be a valued — no, an invaluable — part of the TLC team. Not to mention, your health and happiness is really, really important to us. That’s why we pay more, offer an awesome benefits package, and give you the autonomy to run your own classroom (with the Whole Child in mind, of course — read more about our approach below).
Plus, we’re invested in making our campus a fun place to work… because as much as we love TGIF, we want you to LFTMT (look forward to Mondays too). 😉
Mission & Values
As caregivers and educators, TLC’s mission is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment for all children — one that fosters a child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create and become a lifelong learner.
At TLC, we are believers in the ‘Whole Child Approach,’ a teaching style that ensures each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged each day. Our staff works together to provide a warm, nurturing atmosphere.
We know we’re repeating ourselves, but: Our experienced director, highly trained ECEs, and classroom assistants are valued and respected members of the TLC family. We love them as much as they adore the children in their classrooms! (And yes, loving kids is a must-have for this role.)
Let us take you through a typical day at TLC: After you arrive on campus (a little early!), you’ll take a moment to catch up with your colleagues, discuss the day’s lesson plans, and make sure your classroom is ready to go. As per TLC policies, you’ll kindly agree to store your cell phone in your locker during working hours — we don’t think it’s too much to ask our ECEs to be fully present while in the presence of little ones!
Then it’s over to greet parents and children at drop-off time. You’ll continue to communicate with mom or dad as the day unfolds — have you ever met a parent that doesn’t love getting a photo of their happy babe in the middle of a busy work day?
Class time will be a mix of free play, outdoor time, rest, age-appropriate learning, healthy foods, and community involvement. Set your social butterfly free while organizing local excursions and seeking out opportunities for children to participate in and contribute to community events… in a socially distanced manner, of course!
As the day goes on, you’ll be observing and documenting children’s involvement and interactions, and creating a development portfolio for each child in your classroom. Each portfolio will include sample arts & crafts, letter work, simple math, and any other relevant classwork that would bring a smile to a parent’s face — not to mention lifelong memories for the children to look back on with fondness.
With the help of your ECA(s), you’ll be responsible for creating a secure environment for the little ones in your care — ensuring no child is left unattended, and that all children are kept clean and safe. This includes supervising washroom routines, encouraging proper hand hygiene, and administering medications when necessary.
And finally, be prepared to get your creative juices flowing while you develop engaging lesson plans that weave the Whole Child Approach into each activity. Love reading? Then you’ll love watching early readers thrive under TLC’s very own Early Literacy program. As you implement our developmentally based program into each day, it’s important that you’re open to adapting exercises and activities based on the children’s interests, gently encouraging each child’s curiosity and participation as you go.
And you’ll do it all with tender loving care. ❤️
If you are...
- A self-motivated, highly energetic individual with a love for children
- A team player that demonstrates a high degree of professionalism in everything you do
- A lifelong learner with a passion for developmental learning
- An excellent communicator who actively listens to a parent/child’s needs, and responds appropriately
- A social butterfly whose smile shines through in their eyes
- Caring, compassionate and creative
… we want to hear from you!
- ECE certification
- Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certification (updated yearly)
- Documentation that shows you are registered with the College of ECE (and are in good standing)
- Criminal reference check (with clear child abuse registry)
- Updated health check (according to public health regulations)
- Able to lift up to 45lbs
- Familiarity with the Whole Child Approach and/or Ontario Ministry of Education’s pedagogy, “How Does Learning Happen?”
- A ‘work hard, play hard’ approach to life
- A passion for reading/early literacy
Why join the TLC team
At TLC, we are firm believers in building an amazing organizational culture. From creating a collaborative work environment, to compensating our staff above the market rate, to offering a competitive benefits and vacation package, to providing training and professional growth opportunities, we make every effort to show our staff that we care. Because we genuinely do!
Opportunities for career advancement
We hold annual performance reviews, where we provide feedback and discuss an ECE’s future at TLC.
Employer-paid professional development
We ensure our staff remain experts in their field by providing them with ongoing professional development opportunities and more.
A generous benefits package
We provide an extended health care plan that includes dental coverage and medical benefits.
A beautiful environment
Our facilities are brand new, and they come with high ceilings, large windows, natural lighting, and a clean, modern feel. Plus, students and teachers alike enjoy our half acre of land. (Yes, we’re located in the GTA!)
So much fun!
Part of our raison d’être is to laugh a lot. We make a point of organizing fun and engaging team experiences, including team nights out, special events at work, and holiday celebrations. Because, why not?
Want to join our awesome team? Apply now!