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Position: Organic Farm Childcare Provider
Type: summer job / seasonal
Organization: Fat Chance Farmstead
Location: Harrowsmith, near Kingston, Ontario

We are a farm family with two kids (ages 2 and 4) and we’re looking for a caregiver during the farming season, from May to August, with the possibility of continuing through September & October. We operate a small-scale organic farm, with one parent who works on the farm, and one parent who works in Kingston.

Note that this is not a live-in position; the successful candidate must live/have accommodations in the Kingston area and have access to reliable transportation.

4 days/week (weekdays), from 8am to 4pm, from May to August, you will come to our home near Harrowsmith (20 minute drive from downtown Kingston) to watch our kids. We have some flexibility with specific hours and which days of the week; these can be negotiated.

While your main focus will be childcare and everything that comes with managing two kids through the day, you will also be responsible for cooking lunch, preparing dinner (sometimes) and light housekeeping like laundry, sweeping and tidying.

Our priorities
Play! We believe that kids should be kids for as long as possible, and we want their days to be filled with unstructured imaginative play time. While our ideal caregiver is attentive, and enjoys doing things like playing, singing with and reading to the kids, they can also sit back and let the
kids do their own thing.

Outdoor time
We have a beautiful 100 acre property with hardwood and softwood forests, rolling fields, several fields in fruit & vegetable production, and a creek that flows through the middle of the property in the spring and fall. We are looking for a caregiver who loves to be outside so that our kids can spend their days outside too. No screen time. We don’t have a TV and do not allow our kids to use screens (ipads, phones, etc). We’re looking for a caregiver who is comfortable with limiting their own screen time around the kids, and who can come up with creative ways to interact with the kids that do not rely on TV/video.

Qualifications & attributes

  • Experience with kids, or willing to learn (diapers, naps, baths, etc)
  • Enjoys being around kids, positive attitude, fun-loving
  • Comfortable letting kids play on their own and take risks
  • Takes initiative
  • Likes the outdoors and being outside in all weather
  • Comfortable with limited screen time. If you like to be ‘connected’ and on your phone
  • frequently through the day, this may not be the best fit for you.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, lives in Kingston area (this is not a live-in
  • position)
  • Able to cook with direction
  • Non-smoker
  • No formal childhood education background necessary

Perks & Rate of pay
We grow a lot of delicious organic vegetables, strawberries and raspberries, and we eat well. Daily lunch is included, and we may send you home with some produce each week too! The successful candidate will have the possibility of taking 1-2 weeks off during summer months (must be arranged in advance). The rate of pay is $14/hour.

Application process
To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to with ‘Organic Farm Childcare’ in the subject line. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview and will have an opportunity to meet our kids.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 9 2019    ID: 50222