Each centre has a site Supervisor who is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the centre and leading the early learning and child care staff team. Our supervisors are Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) and approved by the Ministry of Education.
Rita Owusu - Afriyie - Supervisor WHCI
Erica Catic-Kozo - Supervisor HJS
Sonia Carreiro - Supervisor BCALC
Carly Buczkowski - Supervisor NACI
Each of our classrooms has 2 RECEs. RECEs are responsible for developing, implementing and adapting the planned children's programs, supporting the children's learning and development through positive interactions and strategies in line with First Stage’s Program Statement and for ensuring the safety and well-being for the children in their care in partnership with parents.
For more information regarding the College of Early Childhood Educators and registered Early Childhood Educators you can go to www.college-ece.ca
Our teams also include Child Care Assistants who work with the RECEs to support all aspects of the program throughout the day.
Our Kitchen staff are responsible for the planning, preparation, and serving of meals and snacks in the centres. Lunch is provided by catering company Food for Tots at our Highfield and North Albion locations, each site employs a Dietary Aide with a valid Food Handler’s certificate. The West Humber and Burnhamthorpe locations both employ a Cook with a valid Food Handler certificate. The Cooks and Dietary Aides are responsible for ensuring that all safe food handling practices and procedures are followed and that all records are maintained as directed by the Toronto Public Health Department.
The Program Manager located at the North Albion site, oversees all locations and offers administrative and programming support to site supervisors, staff and families.
All staff, students and volunteers placed at our centres complete Vulnerable Sector Checks prior to their work/placement as required by the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA).
All centre staff have valid Standard First Aid and Infant/Child CPR Certification.
First Stage strongly believes that having qualified staff that are competent and current provides better outcomes for children’s learning, and as such encourages staff participation in training and development opportunities. As stated in How Does Learning Happen? “When educators engage in continuous learning and questioning, exploring new ideas and adjusting practices, they achieve the best outcomes for children families and themselves” Training and development plans are a part of the annual performance appraisals for staff.
RECEs are required to meet the Continuous Learning requirements of the College of ECE. Learn more here.