Early Childhood Lead Teacher - Infants
Columbus Early Learning Centers - Columbus, OH

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Lead Teachers support the mission, values, goals and policies of Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC) as leaders of the classroom teaching team. They work to promote a mutually respectful classroom environment in which children, families and staff work together toward success. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their classroom, providing high-quality responsive caregiving, intentional curriculum, and standards compliance; guiding and supporting Assistant Teachers and classroom volunteers; and working collaboratively with families to help each child learn and grow. They must be reliable and independent; always mindful of the image and reputation of the organization both internally and externally.

The Lead Teacher:
Provides Responsive Caregiving by:

  • Interacting frequently, affectionately, and respectfully with all children in order to develop a warm supportive relationship with each child
  • Providing a warm, safe and caring environment that promotes secure attachment, self-confidence and healthy relationships
  • Being sensitive to individual children’s differences and needs
  • Being alert to signs of stress in children and utilizing appropriate stress reducing techniques

Engages in Intentional Teaching by:

  • Constructing and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum using observation and assessment data, and meeting the goals of individual children
  • Aligning curriculum with Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards
  • Employing a variety of instructional techniques that are appropriate to the development, interests, and needs of the children
  • Differentiating curriculum to support children with differing needs and abilities in a positive and respectful manner
  • Conducting regular observations of children to collect information to use in curriculum development, completion of child assessment instruments, classroom support and communication with families
  • Completing child assessments and documenting child progress to inform families of their child’s development, to develop individual goals for children and to meet quality standards
  • Engaging in a process of self-reflection to improve classroom practice

Guides Children by:

  • Establishing a physical and emotional environment that promotes positive, pro-social behavior
  • Establishing effective routines and classroom procedures
  • Implementing respectful developmentally and individually appropriate guidance strategies
  • Developing and implementing Positive Behavior Support plans as needed

Creates a Healthy and Safe environment by:

  • Ensuring children are properly supervised at all times
  • Maintaining a clean, safe, attractive and well-organized classroom free from clutter
  • Maintaining compliance with all licensing and quality standards
  • Making recommendations for equipment and materials needed
  • Understanding and being able to implement all emergency procedures
  • Understanding and implementing Medical/Physical Care Plans and other individual plans for children
  • Ensuring food is served properly in accordance with Child and Adult Care Food Program requirements
  • Caring for and guiding children’s hygiene (hand washing, toileting, diapering, etc.)
  • Understanding the obligations of a mandatory reporter

Promotes Teamwork by:

  • Establishing and maintaining respectful, professional relationships with co-workers in order to form a positive, supportive team atmosphere
  • Providing guidance and support to Assistant Teachers and classroom volunteers
  • Maintaining current and accurate records and documentation for state licensure requirements, quality initiatives and program requirements
  • Developing and maintaining current, accurate and confidential files and developmental records for each child
  • Maintaining confidentiality; discussing identified concerns and needs with the child’s family and other professionals as appropriate

The Lead Teacher Assists
Families by:

  • Establishing respectful, professional relationships with families
  • Respecting family values and parenting styles
  • Communicating regularly with families about program expectations, program activities and their child’s development
  • Scheduling and facilitating regular conferences to discuss development

The Lead Teacher
Is an Early Childhood Professional who:

  • Has thorough knowledge of child development and early education theories and practices
  • Has thorough knowledge of child care licensing and CACFP rules and regulations, Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards, and quality standards
  • Is responsible for their own professional development including maintaining their Registry profile and insuring they receive no less than 20 hours every two years of approved professional development
  • Maintains current certification in required health and safety trainings
  • Meets accepted standards of professional behavior
  • Observes and follows all CELC policies and procedures
  • Exhibits professionalism and commitment through punctuality and attendance
  • Uses effective and positive verbal and written communication skills
  • Takes initiative and does what it takes to contribute to a successful program, including other duties as assigned

Demonstrates the following personal attributes:

  • Sound work ethic
  • Independence
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Reliability and consistency
  • Compassion and understanding
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity


  • Minimum of A.A. in Early Childhood Education
  • Experience in a lead teaching role with children birth-five years preferred

Special Requirements and Physical Demands:
Must be able to regularly and frequently:

  • Work a flexible schedule during center operating hours
  • Lift children (up to 45 lbs.), safely lift infants in and out of cribs
  • Stand, sit (on chairs and floor) and walk
  • Bend, stoop, twist and stretch
  • Push and pull

Must successfully complete:

  • ODJFS Medical Statement from physician
  • BCII and FBI fingerprint background check

About this company
Columbus Early Learning Centers is doing what it takes to deliver the best early learning experiences and family support so every child...