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Job Title: Preschool Teacher Supervisor’s Title: Program Director
Primary Purpose: The primary purpose of the Teacher is to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment for children that will encourage their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development by providing developmentally appropriate curriculum at the child’s individual learning level.
- Faculty/Children Interactions
- Respect and observe children’s interests to enhance children’s play with language, toys, and activities.
- Intervene during play when needed to maintain safety and teach problem-solving.
- Communicate directly with each child at the child’s level.
- Be available and responsive to children’s needs, questions, and requests.
- Interact frequently, respectfully and affectionately with all children, scaffolding their play and learning during work times, small group, outside time and transitions.
- Encourage and model social behavior and expectations that are developmentally appropriate.
- Be attentive, flexible and supportive of children and their families during transitions to and from classrooms.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ages and stages of development, and the general areas of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development.
- Practice positive discipline techniques according to High/Scope and Conscious Discipline including the Six Steps of Conflict Resolution.
- Implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that reflects observations and assessments of individual children and goals jointly developed with families.
- Design an environment that responds to children’s individual developmental levels, physical and emotional needs, and current interests.
- Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities that foster social skills and encourage children to think, problem solve, question, and experiment.
- Foster positive self-concept by supporting individuality, independence, and the ability to make choices.
- Encourage creative expression among students in the classroom, through conversations, art, music and dramatic play.
- Plan a daily schedule that provides a balance of activities: quiet/active, indoor/outdoor, fine/gross motor, etc.
- Plan and implement child-oriented, self-initiated activities while limiting large group, teacher-initiated activities.
- Provide more than one option during group activities and maintain flexibility in changing planned activities, according to children’s interests.
- Create documentation of children’s accomplishments through anecdotal notes, Teaching Strategies GOLD and portfolios.
- Faculty/Parent Interactions
- Acknowledge families and all classroom visitors in a friendly, courteous, and professional manner.
- Respond to families’ comments and concerns with sensitivity, interest and respect.
- Establish and maintain a primary caregiving relationship with individual children and their families that includes initial meeting with families during orientation period.
- Invite input from families regarding their child’s development and care.
- Communicate verbally and in writing with families, daily, regarding the development, behavior, and specific activities of the children in their primary care.
- Plan and facilitate in regular conferences to discuss orientation, transitions, and developmental goals for their child’s development based on appropriate assessment tools.
- Assist in planning and attending school/classroom events and meetings.
- Plan ways for all families to be involved in the classroom and their child’s learning.
- Share resources with families through discussions, articles, community boards, newsletters, and community contacts.
- Keep relationships with families friendly, but professional.
- Physical Environment, Health, Safety and Nutrition
- Ensure that minor maintenance work is completed in the classroom and on playground. This may require that you complete the maintenance or delegate it to someone more capable. Such maintenance includes but is not limited to pulling weeds and vines, tightening screws and table legs, plunging toilets, or changing light bulbs.
- Maintain and follow all safety and health rules of the school.
- Supervise children at all times. Demonstrate awareness of the entire group while working with a small group or individuals.
- Know the number of children in your group and maintain ratios at all times.
- Maintain accurate attendance records throughout the day on daily tracking sheets.
- Encourage children to utilize appropriate health, safety, and nutritional practices.
- Keep environment and equipment safe, clean, and attractive. Encourage respect for classroom materials. Notify the designated individual in advance when supplies are needed.
- Complete appropriate paperwork (i.e. accident reports, daily reports, food counts, etc.) in a timely and efficient manner.
- Arrange space in clearly defined, well-organized activity areas.
- Organize and frequently rotate a variety of materials on low, open shelves for children to use independently.
- Ensure continuity of care for children by reporting to work on time and maintaining consistent attendance, and arranging and communicating leave requests in advance.
- Adhere to all policies concerning work schedules, absences, and tardiness as outlined in the WPDN Personnel Manual.
- Maintain confidentiality according to the organization’s policies.
- Support organizational mission, philosophies, values, goals, and policies to children, parents, co-workers, and the community.
- Demonstrate flexibility and openness to new ideas in child care practices.
- Attend staff meetings, training sessions, and other school events.
- Continue professional growth by attending courses, asking for feedback, and reading professional literature.
- Establish and maintain a relationship of cooperation and respect with co-workers.
- Assume a fair share of work. Demonstrate initiative.
- Provide direct, sandwich feedback to other teaching staff in a positive, respectful manner.
- Offer and share ideas and materials with co-workers.
- Communicate directly, work to resolve conflicts quickly, and avoid gossip.
- Exhibit respect for diversity by utilizing anti-bias, non-sexist language, images and experiences.
- You are expected to be cognizant that you are representing the Winter Park Day Nursery at all times.
- Receive constructive criticism with an attitude that indicates a willingness to improve. Give feedback in a respectful manner.
- Follow state, federal, and Winter Park Day Nursery guidelines including immunizations, employment physical, and required health and safety trainings.
- Frequently lift, move, or hold children with a range of weight from 10 to 40 pounds. Occasionally lift, move, or hold weight more than 40 pounds.
- Supervise and interact daily with children outdoors for extended periods in varied weather conditions.
- Demonstrate full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in activities.
- Respond immediately and appropriately to multiple or unexpected situations or emergencies.
- Maintain mental and physical alertness and an appropriate level of energy to perform essential job requirements.
- Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school degree or GED.
- Meet federal as well as individual state requirements (i.e. TB test, physical, and OSHA, CPR /1st aid) and maintain credentials for the position (i.e. ongoing training).
- Complete state mandated training and passed all tests.
- Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum practice.
- Knowledgeable in using basic technology such as Microsoft Word, tablets, computers, etc.
- Have two years child development work experience in a school, kindergarten, or licensed child care/family child care setting. One supervised teaching practicum is equal to one-year child development work experience. With Executive Director approval, extensive teaching experience may substitute for education requirements, provided professional development plan is in place.
- Preferred educational requirements:
- Related Degree (Bachelor’s or Associate’s) in Child Development, Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child and Family Studies or related field including Elementary Education, Special Education, or Psychology with relevant course work.
- Child Development Associate (CDA/FCCP).
- Unrelated Degree (Bachelor’s or Associate’s) with state required three college credit hours in early childhood curriculum and three college credit hours in child development birth to eight.
Scope of Authority
- Must have prior approval from supervisor to:
- Contact a sponsor or designee regarding a child’s temperature or illness when a child must be sent home.
- Changing classroom schedule.
- Requesting personal time off/changing work schedule.
- Scheduling field trips or outside agencies to come to the school.
- May take action, but must inform supervisor when:
- Caring for a child with a significant injury.
- Acknowledging and listening to a family’s concern.
- Filing a neglect and abuse complaint.
- Recording an unusual incident.
- Scheduling parent-teacher conferences.
- Purchasing supplies within the monthly allotment amount.
- Observing standards, policies, and procedures that are not being upheld as set by Winter Park Day Nursery. These are including, but not limited to High/Scope, Conscious Discipline, Department of Children and Families or accreditation.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $10.00 – $13.00 per hour
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Professional development assistance
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
Masks worn at all times, handwashing throughout the day, temperature checked upon arrival and throughout the day.
- High school or equivalent (Preferred)
- Early Childhood Education: 1 year (Preferred)
- CPR Certification (Preferred)
- Child Development Associate Certification (Preferred)
This Job Is:
- Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma
- Personal protective equipment provided or required
- Temperature screenings
- Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
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