Classroom Assistant 


To assist the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher in providing a warm and nurturing environment for children.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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.  

Reporting Relationships

  • 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

Job Requirements

  • 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.
  • Dependability.
  • 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. 

Time Commitment

3 to 8 hours per day, depending on scheduling and the school’s needs