The Preschool teacher is responsible for providing a safe and developmentally appropriate Preschool program in accordance with all relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
The Preschool Teacher will be responsible for planning and implementing a program to teach young children. They must ensure the development and safety of these children in accordance with relevant organizational and governmental policies. The Preschool Teacher will maintain vigilant observation and appropriate reaction to a variety of scenarios that occur. The Preschool Teacher will be respectful of children and parents, and ensure that equipment and facilities are clean, safe and well maintained.
Curriculum and Instruction
Develop and implement a developmentally appropriate preschool program for young children
Plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program
Follow policies and procedures including acceptable disciplinary policies
Be fluent with emergency procedures
Provide/Prepare nutritious snacks
Provide adequate equipment and activities
Ensure equipment and the facility are clean, well maintained and safe at all times
Provide appropriate schedules of activities
Develop culturally appropriate programs and activities
Develop activities that introduce math and literacy concepts according to developmental play theory
Ensure children are supervised at all times
Provide a safe and secure environment for children to feel comfortable
Establish routines and provide positive guidance
Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand
Observe children according to specific observational templates
Provide various experiences and activities for children including songs, games and story telling
Build children's sense of competence and coping
Implement and model appropriate problem-solving when required
Integrate children with exceptional needs in an appropriate manner
Parent and Caregiver Communication
Discuss children's development and experiences with parents and caregivers
Discuss identified problems and needs with professionals as appropriate
Keep parents informed of program expectations, program activities and their child's progress
Participate in community activities
Promote a developmental approach to early education within the appropriate developmental frame
Communication with Program Administration
Develop and maintain current, accurate and confidential student records
Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, emotional disturbance, learning disorder, speech problem, or other special needs, and immediately report observations to Director of ECE for follow up
Observe children for any suspected or disclosed signs of child abuse or child neglect and immediately report observations to the Director of ECE
Engage appropriately and honorably to solve interpersonal conflicts with other teachers/staff
Document injuries and identified social-emotional events as directed by Director of ECE
Use organizational communication systems as directed by Director of ECE (such as email, voicemail, memos, etc.) and respond to queries for information within identified timelines
Discuss development and progress of children with Director of ECE in a meaningful and productive manner
Protect all children from physical punishment or verbal abuse by anyone in any program activity, and immediately reports any such incident to the Director of ECE
Develop daily activity plans
Perform other related duties as required
The Preschool Teacher must be able to lift and carry children and equipment, and may spend time sitting on the floor or child -sized furniture.
The Preschool Teacher will be expected to clean and maintain equipment and facility and must have the visual acuity to determine if an item or area needs to be cleaned.
The Preschool teacher must move throughout the facility with children (on sand, concrete, carpeted and tiled floor) at a pace that allows visual supervision of children at all times.
The Preschool Teacher may come in contact with children who are ill and/or contagious, and must take precautions to ensure the health and safety of all children, parents, staff and themselves.
The Preschool Teacher must be able to ascend and descend a flight of stairs while supervising children without becoming out of breath or losing balance.
The Preschool Teacher must change positions (from sitting on the floor to standing, from standing to sitting on the floor, from standing to crouching/squatting, from crouching/squatting to standing within 4 seconds) with ease in order to respond to rapidly changing classroom conditions and to provide minimum adequate classroom supervision.
The preschool teacher must be able to maintain a position at the level of a child for at least 2 minutes if needed to comfort a child in distress (squatting).
The Preschool Teacher must be able to remain moving at the pace of children and may spend hours without sitting/resting.
The Preschool Teacher must be able to maintain visual contact with all children they are supervising and must have the endurance and vigilance to track the movement of children in classrooms and in outside play spaces.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
The TEACHER must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:
Child development and early education theories and practices
Safe and appropriate activities for children
Current best practices in developmental play teaching practices
Signs of neglect or abuse and appropriate actions to take when abuse or neglect is suspected
The TEACHER must demonstrate the following skills:
Team building skills
Evaluation and self-evaluation Skills
Analytical and problem solving skills
Decision making skills
Exceptional verbal and auditory communication skills
Personal stress management skills
Time management skills
The LEAD TEACHER must abide by the program core values at all times:
The SIJCC ECE Program Core Values
Core Values Statement
In connection with our purpose and mission, the SIJCC ECE Program requires the mastery of a large number of professional skills and high standards of behavior and appropriate attitudes. Our mission is to provide appropriate developmental programming to children, aged 2-5, through the work of competent, well-informed, culturally sensitive, and ethically responsible child development professionals.
In addition to displaying mastery of critical KAs (knowledge areas), staff are required to display attitudes, personal characteristics, and behaviors consistent with accepted standards of professional and ethical conduct while employed by the SIJCC. The SIJCC ECE Program expects all staff to be professional and respectful in their dealings with each other, with supervisors, with parents, and with children. These and other qualities will be evaluated—formally and informally—in a variety of settings by supervisors and colleagues. Concerns about a staff member’s behavior (both overt and covert) may come from the staff member themselves, a colleague, a supervisor, a parent, or a visitor to the school.
Fundamental Principles of Civility
The SIJCC Preschool insists that its staff members adopt an interpersonal stance that is curious, tolerant, flexible, and reflects community best-practice standards related to the delivery of appropriate, nurturing, and growth-oriented developmental programming. Our core values as a program are:
An attitude of respect suggests that we are receptive to different experiences and perspectives. By learning about other people, we are minimizing the chance for misunderstandings that can breed conflict. An attitude of respect allows us to communicate across different points of view, value systems, and cultural backgrounds.
We are a generative place—we make new things with our hands, our words, our relationships, and our deeds. We rely on each other to be open to solving problems in new ways.
We cannot tolerate behavior that goes against our fundamental principles of civility, but with caring we create the time, space, and assistance that others might need to adjust to new demands or new situations. Each act of care that we perform strengthens our connections to each other, to the children, and to the program. Love is built from those repeated acts of care, and our goal is to be able to both give and receive love as part of this community.
Harmony means that we can all adjust and make room for other approaches and perspectives, as long as fundamental principles of civility are upheld. No matter how intensely you feel you disagree with another perspective or process (unless it has the potential to harm a child in our care), it is a core responsibility of SIJCC staff to practice mental flexibility to find a way to a place of harmony and agreement.
We learn how to do our jobs from those around us, and when we have had primary work experiences in only a few settings, it can be difficult to immediately hold a broad perspective of how to connect with another person. We can’t feel safe if someone is unreliable or not trustworthy. We can’t grow if we don’t feel safe. We can’t feel safe if we are not known. The ability to connect is key.
We give time and space to those around us: staff, children, and parents. We put a little bit of space in between action and reaction, and the world opens up to us. Without patience, our other core values cannot be expressed.
Child life is funny, and when unexpected things happen, we can lighten our burdens and the burdens of those around us with a warm, connected, laugh. A grim, glum environment feels unsafe and draining.
SIJCC ECE Program Expectations for Civil Behavior
As a professional, you are encouraged to find your own ways to embody these ideals. To the extent that there are rules-of-thumb that spring from these principles, here are some specific expectations:
Use courteous speech at all times.
Maintain a warm and positive affect when greeting colleagues, children and parents.
Assume goodwill and seek clarification if you feel harmed.
Turn off and store away cell phones so that they are not used in sight of children in your care or during active teaching times.
Prepare fully for staff meetings and meetings with the Director of ECE.
Do all required and assigned reading and writing and seek assistance if something is not clear or is challenging to absorb—we all learn differently.
Respect fellow colleagues and their ideas.
Uphold the highest standards of proud professional dress and personal appearance at all times (summarized below):
Shirts must have sleeves and collars high enough to cover décolletage
Clothing must be intact and not frayed, torn, or ripped
Clothing must be free from overt product or brand names
Leggings or tights must be covered by a tunic-length shirt or skirt over them
Shoes must have closed toes and rubber bottoms
Be as civil talking ABOUT a person as you might be talking TO that person.
Remove yourself IMMEDIATELY from gossip, cruel commentary, or discussions of plans of action that might harm an individual or the SIJCC ECE Program.
Be brave and righteous when you observe a colleague struggling with any of the core principles and seek assistance from a supervisor.
Engage in productive information-sharing and open communication with parents, and seek advice about how, when, and by whom challenging information should be shared with parents.
As a professional, it is unlikely that you will engage in these behaviors (engaging in these behaviors will subject you to an element of the SIJCC ECE Program’s progressive discipline protocol and can result in consequences up to and including termination). If you witness them or engage in them it is critical that you seek assistance to correct them in yourself or a colleague:
Using abusive language to or around children (including curse words, yelling/harsh tones, or threats)
Using your body to impede any person’s movement in any way unless it is to prevent someone from being injured
Using shame as a behavior change tool
Willful removal or destruction of another person’s property
Engaging in plans intended to disrupt the function of the SIJCC ECE Program
Falsely accusing other staff of engaging in inappropriate behavior
Falsely claiming illness or a medical event while engaging in travel, leisure, or other activities
Falsifying documents related to medical, educational, financial, or legal status
Use of alcohol or drugs while working
Harassing any person connected to our program
The unavoidable, externally imposed conditions under which the work must be performed are considered the “Working Conditions” of a Preschool Teacher.
Physical Demands: Caring for children can be physically demanding.
The Preschool Teacher will be working in a busy and occasionally noisy environment. There may be a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the Preschool Teacher will have to supervise all children at all times. The Preschool Teacher will be working outside during sunny/hot conditions, and may need to navigate an outside environment in occasionally windy or rainy conditions.
The Preschool Teacher may experience smells associated with toileting and children who are ill. There may be times that the environment is noisy and busy. The Preschool Teacher may be overwhelmed at times by multiple events/demands happening simultaneously.
Caring for children can be stressful. The Preschool Teacher must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The Preschool Teacher must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time; and must be able to engage in collaborative/collective problem-solving with the Director of ECE and with TAs.
Additional Salary Information: Comprehensive benefits including health, dental, and vision, generous PTO, retirement, professional development, etc.
The mission of the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center is to be a home for culture, ideas and belonging on the east side of Los Angeles. The SIJCC provides a family education center and community gathering space based in Jewish values and tradition. The SIJCC celebrates an expression of Judaism that welcomes people of all backgrounds.
The SIJCC is committed to:
Fostering a gathering space for the local community;
Providing a nurturing early childhood education to the young members of our community;
Developing a foundation for children and their families to explore Jewish culture;
Celebrating together by creating events by the community, for the community;
Sharing the values and ethics of our heritage through educational, recreational and social programming.