On December 21st, the LEF community is celebrating the Winter Solstice and partaking in a ceremony led by Dr. Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacqueline Lavallé and Dr. Hopi Martin Oshkaabewis (Sacred Helper). We invite you to take some time to reflect on this Ojibwe tradition and the meaning behind it.
Our educators are at the core of making a positive and ever-lasting difference in the lives of children and our community, and we have a variety of opportunities for outstanding RECEs to join our team.
LEF offers an extensive compensation package as well as learning opportunities and mentorship for educators at any point in their careers.
How can I register for the child care portal?
All LEF families register for child care services through our Parent Portal. Once registered, the Parent Portal is used to store and update your child’s records, account information and view policies. LEF also offers an online invoicing and payment process through the Portal. Families are responsible for ensuring information in the Portal is current and accurate.
Should you need technical assistance with logging in or using the portal. Please contact LEF’s Digital Communication Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I receive a fee subsidy to attend an LEF centre?
The Learning Enrichment Foundation has a purchase of service with the City of Toronto that supports families in need of financial assistance to participate. Please visit the Toronto.ca website, where you fill find the most up to date information on fee subsidies and how to apply.
Additional information can be found here
What qualifications do Educators have?
The Learning Enrichment Foundation offers warm, welcoming professional child care services in safe and inclusive settings. Our centres employ Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) and Educators who may have accreditation as Early Childhood Assistants (ECA), Child & Youth Worker (CYW) or other relevant experience and education. All LEF programs meet, and often exceed Provincial and Municipal requirements for qualified Educators and high quality of care.
What kind of snacks/lunches do you provide?
LEF offers a dietitian approved menu with a variety of food and snacks for all. Menus are shared with families in the weekly program plan and can also be viewed at the centre. Specific dietary needs should be discussed with your centre Supervisor. Due to allergies, please do not bring any outside food into our centres.
LEF holds a strong belief towards the value of outdoor play. Our children and educators spend time outdoors each day and embrace the wide variety of weather this Land has to offer. To support this belief, we have warm winter gear and muddy buddy rain suits to be used during outdoor program time, in available sizes.
As an organization, we have a commitment to Land-based learning, focusing on children’s connection to the Land and the outdoors. With the support of Indigenous partners, we explore and embrace Indigenous worldviews and our connection to the Earth. We support children to express gratitude for the Earth, as we learn about the land where we explore and play together. This includes a Seasonal approach to pedagogy, based on the work of Dr Hopi Martin.
At LEF, we believe play is the essence of learning, and it is through active learning that children discover their world. Through play, a child can use their imagination and acquire skills, which will foster success in all facets of their development. The Educator’s role is to foster the child’s exploration and provide adult support experience based on the child’s observations and interests. We strive to offer stimulating, enriching and inclusive programs, providing a holistic approach to the unique needs of each child.
How Does Learning Happen?
We are also guided by Ontario’s Early Years framework, How Does Learning Happen? Ontario Pedagogy for Early Years (2014). (issued by the government of Ontario) to strengthen our program delivery and to reach a higher quality of care. The four foundations of this framework are centred on Belonging, Well-being, Engagement and Expression.
LEF is proud to have Diane Kashin as a professional learing partner. As a retired early childhood education professor, author, and current coordinator of the York Region Nature Collaborative, she shares a wealth of knowledge with our Educators and Leaders.
Diane’s insightful blog can be found at: https://tecribresearch.wordpress.com/
Dr. Hopi Martin
Dr Hopi Martin, Oshkaabewis (Ceremonial Helper, Messenger, and Fire Keeper) offers pedagogical support to Educators and Leaders in LEF centres where a Seasonal Pedagogy is followed. To learn more about his work, visit edgeofthebush.com
Right to Play
Right to Play offers professional learning experiences to support leadership development amongst children. Educators and children are empowered through rich and engaging play experiences.
LEF uses Storypark to connect and engage with families. Educators share information and documentation in the form of images and videos in a secure online format to enhance the quality of care and communication received by families.
We are looking for individuals who
• Will plan and implement developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum based on the observed interests of children
• Have an interest in the outdoors and nature
• Will build strong relationships with children, families, and team members through excellent communication
• Have a membership in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators
ECA Training Program
If you love children and want to help educate them, our Early Childhood Assistant training can lead you to the job you seek, or to start your own child home care business.
How to Apply
As we’re in a period of unprecedented growth, we encourage you to apply immediately for current and upcoming roles. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to attend an in-person interview at the head office. Come prepared with your portfolio, resume and 3 references.