To assist the EHS teacher and cooperate in a supportive role carrying out developmentally appropriate activities. To promote the health, nutrition and education of the children and to attend to their safety and welfare. Must meet requirements per Federal Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and or agency policies and procedures.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Performance Indicators Classroom Time (60%)
- Assist in setting up environment (indoor/outdoor).
- Use developmentally appropriate practices to facilitate activities with groups and individuals.
- Observe and record behaviors of children to assist the EHS Home Visitor and/or Teacher in the identification of each child's strengths and areas to grow.
- Participate in monthly staffing of children with all staff as appropriate.
- Work with and encourage parent and community volunteers.
- Integrate all EHS components into classroom time.
- Develop and utilize daily plans which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of EHS children.
- Follow a consistent schedule that meets individual needs, includin g small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals, and effective transitions between activities.
- Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization, and choice making.
- Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
- Work with special needs staff in the classroom to develop a collaborative approach that benefits all children in the classroom and meets the needs as specified on the IFSP.
- Sanitize classroom equipment and laundry.
- Assist with meal service as needed.
- Educational coursework in Early Childhood Education/Development typically achieved via progress towards an Associate Degree in ECE (Early Childhood Education) or an Infant/Toddler CDA (Child Development Associate Certificate). Infant/Toddler CDA must be acquired within one year of hire.
- Prefer minimum of one year experience in a pre-school (infant/toddler) classroom.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish skills highly desirable.
- Working knowledge of community resources.
- Within 30 days of employment must be Pediatric CPR & First Aid certified and have a current Food Handler's Card.
- Health Appraisal Questionnaire is required at hire and will be updated annually.
- At time of hire must be currently enrolled in Child Care Division-Central Background Registry and must renew every two years.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Frequent significant decision and problem solving abilities.
- Ability to supervise and monitor infants & toddlers at all times to ensure a safe environment. This includes the physical ability to monitor and move quickly in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to insure their safety or the safety of others.
- Ability to respond appropriately to an emergency or a crisis situation.
- Frequent kneeling, bending at waist and neck, and sitting on floor also frequent getting up and down from seat to assist children on bus and in classroom.
- Occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs.) in classroom setting and assisting children into seats on the bus and the ability to carry or drag a child in an emergency situation out of a bus to a safe area.
- Occasional climbing to enter and exit a bus and sitting throughout bus routes
- Full Year position.
- Supervised by EHS Manager.