Lead Teacher - Birth to Three
Marillac Social Center - Chicago, IL

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POSITION TITLE: Birth to Three Teacher

GENERAL SUMMARY: Plan and implement a day care program designed for emotional, social, educational and physical development of the very young child within the framework of the agency philosophy and objectives, under the direction of the Childcare Supervisor and the Child Care Director.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Create a secure environment that invites learning through exploration and discovery.

2. Plan, prepare weekly and long-term plans and conduct an appropriate daily program. Submit weekly plans to Supervisor. Post weekly plans on parent board.

3. Respectfully guide and implement family-style mealtimes, eating with the children to model healthy nutrition habits and table manners.

4. Plan and implement creative activities which help children develop large muscle development (push/pull toys, stacking toys large beads, pounding bench, water or flour or pudding play, toys for pretending, dancing, playing with balls) during gym, or large motor, or outdoor times in both individual play and group experiences. Set up gross motor room equipment such as stairs, balance beam, etc.,. Make full use of ride-on-toys, sand toys, and wagons when outdoors. Put equipment back in its proper place before leaving area. Stand by play equipment and gives full attention to children. Allow infants to experience self-initiated motor behavior such as rolling and sitting. Encourage toddler to pull self –up, walk and climb.

5. Spend individual time with each child each day.

6. Talk with children in ways that show respect and caring. Talk with children to build optimum self-esteem.

7. Establish consistent rules and behavioral expectations and convey them clearly and consistently. Help children to resolve conflicts by using a problem-solving approach. Ask children open-ended questions and make suggestions to promote problem solving.

8. Attend regularly to children's physical needs such as nose wiping, hand and face washing, diapering, and toilet training, toilet accidents. Staff practices regular and proper hand washing techniques. Practices proper use of rubber gloves. These procedures should be handled in a relaxed manner. Quickly comfort infants in distress. Give one-on-one attention to infants during feeding & diapering, allowing time for infants responses. Reassure crying toddlers.

9. Demonstrate knowledge of the stages of children's development in all areas.

10. Keep inventory of materials and equipment and recommends to supervisor when replacements are needed. Notify supervisor in writing of any needed repairs or maintenance in the playroom or playground to insure the safety of the children. Maintain and cares for equipment in an orderly physical environment. Example: Washing toys that are put in mouth, as needed throughout the day. Washing and cleaning of shelves and equipment. Responsibly select toys, and supplies that are developmentally appropriate for the child.

11. Regularly keep parents informed of their child's growth and development in a respectful, professional manner and encourages parents to participate in the program. Respect cultural diversity. Support parents helping them feel confident as parents. Provide opportunities for parents to learn about the curriculum and how they can extend learning at home. Conduct parent-teacher conferences twice a year.

12. At least annually, conduct an assessment with the Supervisor & Director to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the program and set program goals for the next year.

13. Acts with integrity and aspires to model the Core Values in the delivery of all services

Mandatory Job Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor Degree or Associates Degree in Early Childhood/Child Development from an accredited college or university.
OR
Current CDA credential (Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition or, National Childcare Association) OR
OR
Minimum 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 credit hours in Early Childhood Education.

AND

Prior experience in group childcare is also preferred. Requires emotional maturity, respect, and patience for children to: model appropriate behavior; and to contribute to each child's physical, intellectual, social, emotional and developmental needs. Able to accompany children on Day Care program related outings and attend to physical needs of the children. Able to lead/participate in recreational and educational activities with the children as a role model. Capable of providing for the physical safety of active pre-school children in her/his immediate care.

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