The Assistant Teacher provides for the care, safety, and nurturing of all children in the group (infant through preschool), assists in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program for children, assists in creating a physical environment that meets the changing needs of children, maintains a safe, clean, and pleasant environment, instructs other adults in proper care, and provides information to parents regarding their children as well as general child development information. The position is contingent upon continuation of funding.
Description of Primary Duties:
The Assistant Teacher provides for the care, safety, and nurturing of all children in the group (infant through preschool), assists in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program for children, assists in creating a physical environment that meets the changing needs of children, maintains a safe, clean, and pleasant environment, instructs other adults in proper care, and provides information to parents regarding their children as well as general child development information.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
Education A high school diploma or the equivalent is required; sixty hours of college credit with classes in child and family development, including early childhood development, are preferred.
Experience: With a minimum of 60 hours of college credit as described in the Education section, no working experience is required; two years of experience working in a program with young children and their families are required if the educational preparation is a high school diploma.
Skills An understanding of early childhood growth and development is required, as well as the ability to apply this understanding to appropriate activities. Must be able to instruct adults by role modeling in interactions with children and their families. Must be able to oversee individual children and a small group of children simultaneously, possess effective interpersonal skills, and have a general knowledge of nutrition, health, and first aid. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
License Certification for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid is required or must be obtained within thirty days of employment.
Certification Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is preferred.
Other Must be able to maintain visual contact with physical area occupied by infants, toddlers, or pre-school children. Must be able to get up and down from the floor, move quickly, and lift a minimum of 10 pounds. Successful completion of the screening process for Family Care Safety Registry is required. Must attend required child care licensing training (12 clock hours) annually.
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