The Early Childhood Teacher is responsible for providing educational services to children within a classroom. In collaboration with the special education teacher and therapists, the Early Childhood Teacher will address all areas of developments, especially focusing on communication development, and base his/her treatment activities on the goals written by the parents and stated on the IFSP. The Early Childhood Teacher reports directly to the Director of Child Care.
Maintains a professional commitment to program excellence:
- Maintain prompt hours and notifies supervisor of illness/absence.
- Monitors and appropriately utilizes earned time off
- Attends and participates in department staff meetings.
- Meets State requirements for in-service training and continuing education.
- Is familiar with Licensing Rules and NAEYC Accreditation Criterion.
- Complies with Penfield Children’s Center personnel police.
- is familiar with emergency procedures and is able to calmly apply them.
- Maintain a neat and orderly classroom including assisting with daily cleaning, disinfecting, laundry, and general cleaning and repair of equipment.
- Provide direction and guidance to any volunteers assigned to the classroom.
- Maintain accurate records of daily attendance, accident logs, food counts, food intake and medication and weight as needed.
- Maintain a professional representation of the classroom daily activities in the classroom portfolio for accreditation.
Plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate practices for a group of young children:
- Plan and implement activities, which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children.
- Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and other daily activities.
- Develop and implement weekly lesson plans based on the children’s interest and developmental levels as approved by the child care director.
- Modify the environment, daily schedule and activities to meet the Childs motional and physical needs.
- Provide multiracial, nonsexist, no stereotyping pictures, dolls, books, and materials.
- Supervise children’s play, ensuring their physical safety at all times.
- Offer choices during large portions of the day, including small/large group activities, quiet/active play, indoor/outdoor play, fine/gross motor play.
- Conduct smooth transitions.
- Work in collaboration with Special Education Teachers and therapists and service coordinators in developing and implementing an individualized program for each child and their family.
- Assess children’s progress on a quarterly basis that does not have a current IFSP or IEP.
- Position children in adaptive equipment.
- Gain new skills in medical and educational areas.
- Promote good nutritional habits including mealtime as a pleasant, social, and learning experience for children.
- Sit with children during meals to serve as a good role model and encourage conversation.
- Properly provide bottle and G-tube feeding as necessary.
- Monitor health and respiratory condition and status of children.
Maintain positive interactions among staff, families and children:
- Treat staff, parents/families and children of all races, religions, family backgrounds and cultures with respect and consideration.
- Work with other staff members in a cooperative manner.
- Effectively communicate ideas, needs or concerns to other agency professionals.
- Willing to assist in other classrooms based on needs of the agency and department.
- Maintain on-going communication with parents/families regarding their frustrations, concerns and needs or refer them to the appropriate resource.
- Communicate with parents/families in regards to appropriate activities to conduct at home with their child.
- Inform parents/families of food consumption and other daily routines of the child.
- Use positive approaches to help children behave constructively including but not limited to, redirection, planning ahead, consistent and clear rules, logical or natural consequences and problem-solving techniques.
- Interact frequently with children showing affection, interest and respect.
- 2-year/4-year degree in Early Childhood Education, CDA or a related filed is required.
- Thorough knowledge of child development and developmental disabilities.
- Familiarity with design and implementation of early childhood curriculum.
- Experience working with children from birth to age six and/or children with developmental delays.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent communication skills – written and oral.
- Computer literacy required: efficiency in Microsoft office. Ability to learn new programs.
- High level of confidentiality and ethics.
- Ability to work well independently or as a member of a team.
- Ability to adapt to changes in work priories.
- Ability to work as flexible schedule based on program needs.
- Proficiency in the use of specialized therapy equipment (including G-tubes, oxygen, bolsters, wheelchairs etc.).
- Ability to lift or move objects of 50lbs. or less on a daily basis.
- Must have sufficient mobility to move – including bend, stoop, reach, lift and grasp.
- Meeting vaccine standards as outlined in Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure plan.
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary: $12.00 – $17.00 per hour
- Dental Insurance
- Flexible Schedule
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Professional development assistance
- Vision insurance
Send resume to: Employment@penfieldchildren.org