Assistant teachers are responsible for the care of children between the ages of birth to 5 years and before and after schoolers. They observe and attend to children, making sure that they are healthy and safe while learning. Assistant teachers provide a proper learning environment and assist with various types of learning activities for children in their care. Because small children have short-attention spans and often learn through play, day care teachers must be well versed in music, games and outdoor activities to encourage the development of motor, verbal and social skills. It is important that they enjoy working with children and possess an almost bottomless source of energy. A child care worker is also responsible for meals, coordinating nap time and monitoring the progress and development of the children.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Assist in the creation of a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of students with an emphasis on language development and emergent literacy skills.
- Perform duties as planned under the leadership of the Director.
- Assist in the screening and preparation of children to fully participate in program services.
- Implement the curriculum that is planned by the Director to be based on scientifically based reading research.
- Create lesson plans.
- Interact with the children in a way which conveys respect and nurturing.
- Support the social and emotional development of children.
- It will be the child care provider’s responsibility to play with children; this will often mean getting down on the floor to interact with them.
- Provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the development levels of the children.
- Maintain attendance records of children participating in the Early Childhood Program.
- Attend to the personal hygiene of each child in your care, including changing diapers or soiled clothing and washing hands.
- Maintain a safe environment based on safety standards set by the program.
- Help other staff in preparing meals for children as required.
- Assist in the cleaning and straightening of the child care rooms at the end of the day, as well as putting away any outside equipment and any other cleaning assignments.
- Work cooperatively and effectively as a team member by communicating and contributing information on a continuous basis.
- Maintain open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child’s family and encourage their involvement in the program
- Continue professional development through attending workshops, conferences and other staff development. A minimum of 24 hours per year and 48 for new employees.
- Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible.
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director.
- MUST be able to lift 30 pounds
*Candidate must possess the ability to be flexible
. *Experience PREFERRED but not required
Pre-school, Childcare, Afterschool Care, DayCare, Summer Camp