Teacher Aide
Cypress Palms - Largo, FL

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The primary purpose of this position is to assist the teacher in providing a warm and nurturing environment in which the child can grow physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

Essential Job Functions, Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interact and encourage the children in daily activities.
  • Provide the children with a safe, loving and nurturing environment.
  • Help the children control their behavior using a positive and appropriate approach; being consistent at all times.
  • Provide a nurturing environment while assisting the children toward independence.
  • Promote integral learning during meal times and help the children learn appropriate social skills.
  • Maintain good communication with parents and make each parent feel at ease in the program.
  • Acknowledge all parents when entering or exiting the program each day.
  • Assist he teacher in planning activities for the group and offer suggestions and information about the children.
  • Maintain a room arrangement that is safe, inviting, interesting, and stimulating.
  • Attend all staff meetings.
  • Attend workshops and in-service as directed.
  • Assist in record keeping for the classroom. Know the number of children in your care.
  • Report suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect to the director.
  • Be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the conditions of the program on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times.
  • Facilitate the use of curriculum resources with the children.
  • Participate in planning sessions.
  • Prepare materials for daily activities.
  • Prepare snacks and clean-up following snake or any meal time.
  • Arrive at work five minutes before scheduled time.
  • Remain open to positive suggestions and able to accept constructive criticism.
  • Apply disciple with love, respect, firmness, and consistency. Expect the best from each child by encouraging acceptable behavior and manners through positive reinforcement. Help children develop self-control and a clear understanding of the expectation while at the program. Know and understand Positive Discipline.
  • Be knowledgeable about emergency procedures (fire, medical, storm, first aid and CPR).
  • Observe and maintain the confidentiality of the children, parents, staff and the program.
  • Maintain a sense of humor. Have fun. Remember what it is like to be a child.
  • Take proper care of the equipment and materials and tech the children to do the same.
  • Set reasonable rules and expectations, maintain consistency in the classroom and throughout the school.
  • Be attentive to parents though pleasant daily contact, as well as informative communication through daily notes, newsletters, and lesson plans.
  • Maintain a total awareness of the children’s safety during all activities.
  • Supervise the playground according to procedure.