To assist the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher in providing a warm and nurturing environment for children.
- Develop warm relationships with the children.
- Interact, initiate, and encourage the children in the activities throughout the day.
- Help the children control behavior using a positive, appropriate approach, according to the school’s philosophy and policy.
- Be aware of the classroom atmosphere and act in the best interests of children. Immediately report any inappropriate behavior towards a child to a supervisor.
- Become a valuable team player by developing a cooperative and supportive attitude with members of GBN staff in the room and school.
- Develop friendly, warm communications with the parents through positive greetings at drop off and/or pick up.
- Set up and/or clean up classroom activities to include making breakfast, preparing snack, and classroom laundry.
- Attend staff meetings as requested.
- Assist with the health, safety sanitation and maintenance of the classroom, kitchen, and all school ‘shared’ areas (laundry room, staff break room, main kitchen, and storage areas).
- Read all school communication books (all school by time clock, classroom & parent).
- Continued, frequent use of the classroom communication notebook to leave notes for the assistant and lead teachers.
Additional Responsibilities (with agreement from the lead teacher)
- Provide positive feedback to parents (written or verbal) as requested by the lead teacher.
- Assist lead teacher and assistant teacher in lesson planning.
- Assist lead teacher and assistant teacher in writing newsletters.
- Attend parent meetings as requested.
- Clearly direct substitutes or floaters when they are in the room with specific directions.
- Take action to discipline a child in accordance with school policy.
- Take the initiative to do the ‘extra’ things that enhance the classroom environment and program.
- Report to Assistant Teacher or Lead Teacher (person/s who you work with in the classroom).
- In absence of Assistant Teacher and Lead Teacher, report to Age Level Coordinator.
Limits of Authority (must have prior approval from supervisor)
- Leaving the classroom.
- Giving direction to other staff members. (May be requested to give direction to floaters/substitutes).
- Minimum: 30 college credits, one year of experience and 6 ece hours or 60 college credits with 6 ece hours.
- Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Associates of Arts, or CDA and/or equivalency with experience in full day child care setting
- Ability to relate joyfully to all children.
- Ability to relate well to staff and families.
- Decision making skills and judgment to handle crisis situations.
- Evidence of emotional maturity and stability.
- Sensitivity to children’s individual needs.
- Ability to use appropriate and positive discipline.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and professional demeanor in all situations.
- Willingness to accept supervision and follow program goals, training manual, staff regulations and personnel policies.
- Daily attendance and punctuality. (Consistent staff with minimal absences is required in our program).
- Ability to lift and carry a 40-pound child to safety.
- A physical every 2 years with a T.B. clearance.
- Obtain 15 hours of professional in service training every school year.
- CPR /First Aid Training (See HR Director)
- Attend family festivals as requested
- Attend all day staff in-service
- Physical stamina to maintain rigorous pace and demands of a child care program.
3 to 8 hours per day, depending on scheduling and the school’s needs