Teacher Summary: To provide direct early educational services to enrolled children based on sound child development principles and developmentally appropriate practices, WV state licensing requirements, CDC and WVUH policies and procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Assists the director in planning, organizing and evaluating the delivery of quality child development programs in accordance with applicable program policy. Directly responsible for implementing the daily curriculum and enforcing best practices with regard to this implementation.
1.1 Assures the safety and well being of each child.
1.2 Provides for a healthy, sanitary and organized learning environment.
1.3 Maintains all equipment in good repair.
1.4 Develops an environment that is conducive to both group and individual learning and exploration.
1.5 Adheres to the center curriculum with enthusiasm and a desire to maximize learning opportunities.
1.6 Maintains a creative spirit reflective of a true commitment to children and early childhood education.
1.7 Maintains a working understanding of the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) as a classroom quality measure.
2. Maintains a relationship with each enrolled child based on professional and ethical standards in the field of early childhood education.
2.1 Provides direct service to children based on center policy and WV State Licensing standards.
2.2 Maintains an awareness of each child’s developmental level and provides for learning experiences based on individualized goals and objectives.
2.3 Interacts with children in an age appropriate and positive manner utilizing appropriate behavior management techniques when necessary.
2.4 Provides for the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and cultural well being of each enrolled child.
2.5 Provides for the development of each child’s social/self-help skills during meals, snack, rest, toileting, and diapering times.
2.6 Keeps accurate and up to date records on each enrolled child, including portfolio assessments.
3. Acts as team leader and roll model for assistant teachers based on CDC and WVUH policies and procedures and WV State Licensing standards.
3.1 Leads assistant teachers, volunteers and students to assure effective teamwork.
3.2 Assists in orienting and training new classroom staff.
3.3 Maintains an open system of communication with all classroom staff soliciting input, on a regular basis, regarding curriculum planning, center operations, child and family matters.
3.4 Assigns primary care giving responsibilities based on the needs of the children and the professional skills/preference of staff whenever possible.
3.5 Maintains continual professional development for self and participates in assisting support staff regarding professional growth.
3.6 Provides director with performance review information on assistant teachers as requested.
3.7 Attends monthly teacher meetings, generates input and communicates back to support staff.
3.8 Serves as liaison between the Director/Program Assistant and staff in a professional and ethical manner to facilitate harmony throughout the center.
4. Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with parents based on mutual respect and a true understanding of their childcare needs.
4.1 Maintain a system of regular and open communication with each parent regarding their child’s daily schedule and activities, their child’s progress and all planned center activities.
4.2 Arranges for parent conferences at six-month intervals to discuss child’s portfolio assessments.
4.3 Participates in intake interviews for purposes of obtaining necessary background and developmental history on each child.
4.4 Devises, produces and submits, to the director, a one page classroom newsletter on the 20th day of each month for distribution to parents by first of the following month.
5. Strives toward a level of professional competency that is respected by all center staff by acting as a leader, mentor and team player.
5.1 Represents the Child Development Center in a professional manner maintaining the confidentiality of the operation and the clients.
5.2 Participates in center special events such as graduation, family winter holiday celebration, Camp Ruby picnic….
5.3 Attends staffings and trainings beyond the minimal requirements as needed.
5.4 Communicates appropriately and effectively with management.
5.5 Supports decisions made by management, for the good of center operations.
5.6 Establishes and maintains a current personnel file by completing a health assessment every 2 years and TB test every year, a current CPR and first aide card, current food handlers card, record of on-going training, 2 written references, CIB at least every 5 years, statement of criminal record every 2 years, record of accidents/sick leave, date of employment, past child care experience, record of education, emergency contact, address, phone number and date of birth and a completed, signed and dated, Child Maltreatment Record Search Release.
5.7 Adheres to WVUH and CDC expectations of employees.
Performance Standard: Adheres to the established Performance Expectations for WVUH Employees in the areas of People, Service, Performance Improvement, Shared Values & Culture.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Agrees to perform light work including exerting up to 40 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to ten pounds of force frequently. The teacher must have the ability to climb using feet, legs and/or hands and arms, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, bend. & lift.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Other Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of core competencies of early childhood educators as stated in Appendix 78-1 A of the WVDHHR Child Care Center Licensing Regulations.
Must have basic computer knowledge in word processing, data entry and Internet skills.
Positive communication and customer satisfaction skills.
Working knowledge of ITERS and ECERS
1. Orientation Training
2. CPR & First Aid training within 6 months of employments and thereafter to maintain a current card
3. Medication Administration Training
4. Abuse Recognition & Prevention within 6 months of employment
5. 15 Hours of Annual Professional Development training during the first (1st) year of employment and thereafter complete the approved training necessary to keep the WV STARS credential current which is 45 clock hours of approved training every three years.
6. Food Handlers Card
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Education or Child Development or other related degree with emphasis on early childhood, elementary education or child development and 1 year of experience working with children required.
An Associate's degree in Child Development with 2 years of experience working with children may be substituted, however a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or Child Development OR other related degree with emphasis on early childhood, elementary education or child development must be obtained within 5 years of being awarded a Teacher position, including any past employment.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Staff working with children twenty-four (24) months of age and under must complete forty (40) hours of approved training related to the care of children twenty-four (24) months of age and under within the first six months of employment.
Employees scheduled to transport School Age Children must have a valid driver’s license.