Permanent Full Time Recreation Programmer

Reference Number: 20210407.01

Job Summary.

The role of Recreational Programmer is to provide community and in-house programming for children with complex medical needs, and implement the philosophy and goals of Hope’s Home. They create an environment that promotes learning, individuality, growth and development while upholding the highest standards for daycare practice. The Recreation Programmer will assess the program and lead staff in a positive way that ensures the safety and well-being of all children are being met.

Why choose Hope’s Home?

Hope’s Home offers unique and competitive benefits, beyond just monetary value. We believe that organizational culture is the most important factor and we work hard to make sure it is top-notch and suited for everyone. A glimpse at some of our benefits:

  • Health and dental is 100% covered by Hope’s Home. We also offer Long term disability, life insurance, and critical illness packages.
  • With education being a main philosophy, we greatly encourage professional development opportunities, and we make it as easy as possible to access them.
  • We are a family first working environment. This means we understand that things happen, and situations need to be dealt with. Whether that’s a family emergency or a minor crisis – you can ask for the time you need, stress free.
  • 25% off discount for childcare services and first priority admission so you can work without the stress of traditional childcare fees.
  • You pick your pension contribution (between 1-5%) and Hope’s Home will match it up to 5%. Meaning you could be putting away an extra 5% of your earnings for FREE.


  • Work cooperatively with the Hope’s Home team to develop and implement programming for children with diverse needs in a multi-aged home environment.
  • Plan and provide daily experiences/programming that support and promote each child’s physical, emotional, social, communicative, cognitive and creative skills.
  • Assess each child’s needs, functional abilities, and leisure behaviors to develop program plans by use of recreation and leisure as a means to facilitate independence and enhance children’s quality of life.
  • Develop and maintain an overall environment that support and encourages the development of all children.
  • Write developmental assessments and anecdotal records to document developmental milestones, set goals and create action plans for future development.
  • Create a calendar of activities for the house and have available to all staff.
  • Implement guidance strategies specific to each child and guide/teach staff on their responsibilities.
  • Collaborate with all staff on what works well and what does not and take their input on the children’s progress and use their feedback for assessment and programming.
  • Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with every child.
  • Maintain a collaborative working relationship with each member of the Hope’s Home team, outside agencies, and community services.
  • Perform Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech therapy programming under the direction of Rehabilitation Personnel, and nurses.
  • Attend children’s therapy appointments when necessary.
  • Attend to adapted equipment needs (i.e. communication devices, walker, standing frame, etc.) for use in daily therapy programming and report problems or concerns to supervisor and/or corresponding therapy worker.
  • Work with children’s support team (Rehabilitation Centers, nurses, teacher etc.) to develop Personal Program Plans (PPP) and program activities to help meet their personal development goals.


  • Completion of Early Childhood Education or Recreational Therapy diploma.
  • Experience with Emergent Curriculum and the Reggio Approach, an asset.
  • Related training in the area of children with special needs.
  • Experience and with recreation program planning, an asset.
  • Sense of professionalism, leadership; awareness and appreciation of diversity.
  • Expresses a concern for health, safety, and the environmental surroundings.
  • Ability to work as a team player while having accountability in independent decision making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with a variety of behavioral and physical disorders, as well as children with diverse needs.
  • Have the ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing situations.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Physically able to safely work with objects or persons of varying sizes. Handling ~100 lbs occasionally; ~50 lbs regularly; and ~25 lbs continuously.

Preference will be shown to those with the following:

  • Ventilator experience/training
  • Mandt System training
  • Transfer, lifting, and reposition training
  • Sign Language training
  • Learning Language and Loving it Training


Job Type: Permanent, Full Time. Shifts may fall on Days, Weekends, and Holidays.

Start Date: June 1st, 2021

Salary:  $21.08/hr

Location: Saskatoon

Application Deadline: April 16th, 2021