Child Care Centre Teachers Assistant – Summer positions

Part-Time (Student)
1145 King Street West
1 week

The Child Care Centre is a service of the McMaster Students Union which provides educational care for the McMaster student community as well as the community at large. Our staff functions as a team to ensure that every child feels relaxed and secure in their environment. The staff responds to each individual child’s needs while being sensitive to social, cultural or developmental differences. Children receive verbal encouragement and praise to inspire self-esteem and positive behaviour.

The Teachers Assistant supports a group of teachers to provide quality care for toddler, pre-school, and school-aged children.  The Assistant relieves teachers for their breaks, assists children during washroom and coatroom routines, and performs various housekeeping tasks to ensure the smooth operation of the center. 


The MSU’s Child Care Centre is looking for students to work at the Centre for the 2023 summer. Students will likely work 8 hour shifts, 5 days a week.

The students will work alongside RECE’s with groups of children ages 14 months to 4 years. The students will help RECE’s with set up and implementation of activities – relief for breaks, getting ready for routines i.e. snack, lunch and rest time. The centre is an integrated program that supports student parents to go to school and community families to have quality educational care for their children.

The students will be supervised and supported by a team of Register Early Childhood Educators. Staff will mentor students in the methods of interaction, behaviour management and encouragement of children in an age appropriate manner. Students will be oriented and will review the centre’s Program Statement, Policies and Procedures prior to starting the job.

Priority is given to students interested in pursuing a career working with young children.

A police check, immunization record, First Aid & CPR training are required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to maintain a mature problem-solving attitude while dealing with interpersonal conflict, personal rejection, hostility, or time demands 
  • Ability to clearly present information through a variety of methods 
  • Effective listener  
  • Strong organizational skills required  

Effort & Responsibility

  • Effort required to be flexible to quickly adapt a schedule to fit the needs of a given situation 
  • Responsibility to be a respectful, professional, and motivational member of the team 

Working Conditions

  • There may be exposure to contagious illness, weather extremes, high noise levels, unpleasant hygienic situations, and rapidly changing circumstances 
  • Physical demands include lifting (children, furniture, and equipment) and standing for long periods of time daily 

Training and Experience

  • Necessary training will be provided 
  • Experience working with and/or supervising children is an asset 



  • None

For a full list of duties and responsibilities, please download the full job description.

We thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position, and advise that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The McMaster Students Union (MSU) is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse staff. The MSU encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and 2SLGBTQIA-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact the Director of Human Resources by email at Please note that the MSU is an independently incorporated students’ union operating within the McMaster University community; this is not a McMaster University position.

Job Features

Job CategoryOpen
TermASAP until September 1, 2023
SupervisorChild Care Centre Director
Hours8 hour shifts, Monday - Friday

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