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Assistant Toddler Teacher
The Assistant Teacher is responsible for supporting the Lead Teacher in the planning and implementation of the center curriculum and children’s program. This is a professional position and includes responsibilities related to the classroom, center and community. The following is a list of specific areas of responsibility for this position. It is understood that some factors which affect the quality of a teaching program may not be quantifiable or possible to clearly define. Therefore, this list may not be all inclusive; specific duties may vary according to the needs of the program and children in the classroom. Policies relating to benefits, evaluations, and procedures may be found in the employee handbook. It is expected that professional staff members will maintain professional attitude and exhibit a commitment to the field of early childhood.
An Assistant Teacher is hired to the Center and may be assigned to any classroom.
- Associate’s degree, or higher, from an accredited institution, in child development, early childhood or related field; or a current CDA.
- At least 30 college-level semester hours in coursework related to early childhood are required
- For infant/toddler assistant teachers: at least 3 college-level semester hours in infant/toddler development and care practices OR 4.5 CEUs in infant/toddler development and care practices are required
- Physical and mental stamina; including repeated lifting (30 lbs or more), ability to move quickly from sitting on the floor to standing position repeatedly, and the ability to run if needed;
- Knowledge of teaching and activity methods used with infant, toddler, preschool or early elementary school-age children and principles of child development, the behavior of young children, positive discipline and redirection techniques.
- Knowledge of materials and equipment used in group settings of young children;
- A philosophy of early childhood education that is compatible with the center’s.
- Ability to establish warm supportive relationships with the children, recognize illness symptoms, accept and profit from supervision and constructive criticism, develop and maintain working relationships with parents and staff, and thrive in a team-oriented environment.
- Experience with planning lessons and activities that support an emergent learning environment.
- Basic computer skills including ability to access the internet for research, send and receive emails, and experience using Microsoft Office to create documents
- Knowledge of the Michigan Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers;
- Ability to lead and supervise support staff members.
Responsibilities related to other staff:
Working with the Lead Teacher:
- Assist the lead teacher in writing and posting weekly lesson plans; these may be thematic or developmental and must meet the criteria required by High Scope curriculum
- Aid in the evaluation and documentation of the developmental progress of the children;
- Discuss daily health and developmental observations of the children.
- Step into the lead teacher position when there is an absence.
- Collaborate in supervising and planning activities and lessons to be implemented in the classroom.
- Coordinate with the lead teacher in orienting new staff members to the classroom, providing written information about specific room limits and procedures, including emergency procedures.
- Coordinate with the lead teacher in directly supervising all classroom staff; provide ongoing training via modeling, daily instruction, immediate feedback, notes, and formal classroom meetings. Collaborate to complete Aide evaluations and conduct classroom meetings, twice a year.
- Meet regularly with other professional staff and Administrative/Assistant Director to improve own teaching skills.
- Comply with all of the center’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, training, and professional development opportunities with other professional staff
- Share activities, ideas and resources; share information from professional and/or popular publications, conferences, etc.
- Share playground supervision duties, clean-up responsibilities and classroom supervision duties.
Responsibilities related to the children:
- Create a safe environment designed to promote the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional growth and development of each child.
- Supervise the children’s activities inside and outside, be engaged with the children, ensure the safety and well-being of the children while under the center’s care, and intervene to support children when necessary.
- Participate in problem solving related to classroom management issues.
- Interact directly with children during all parts of the day including indoor and outdoor play, meals and nap-time.
- Dress appropriately for these times of the day
- Regularly rotate children’s art displays.
- Discuss with the lead teacher regular observations of the children for the purpose of detecting early symptoms of developmental challenges and determine if children are well enough to participate in group care on a day to day basis.
- Ensure that children with allergies are not exposed to materials which may be harmful to them
- Post this information in the classroom.
- Create a pleasant mealtime atmosphere which encourages healthy eating habits and social interactions; include tooth brushing as a regular part of the lunchtime meal.
- Work with the lead teacher to enhance children’s experiences through creative use of community resources such as field trips and visitors.
- Carry out experiences which promote global awareness and sensitivity to the likenesses and differences among people of all cultures.
- Encourage respect for other individuals, including the teaching of non-violent problem solving techniques.
Responsibilities related to the parents:
- Maintain informal daily communication with parents, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained.
- Inform parents when a child is ill or has been injured and complete an accident report.
- Establish rapport through use of parent involvement activities and/or parent education conferences.
- Encourage parents to visit, observe, and participate in their child’s classroom
- Assist the lead teacher with formal communication with parents via newsletters, room signs, and/or personal notes.
- Coordinate with the lead teacher to be available to parents for in-center or telephone conferences upon request and inform parents of this option.
- Discuss with the lead teacher the resource options for parents, other sources of information or assistance, or seek guidance from the administration.
- Coordinate with the lead teacher to meet with prospective and new parents to provide specific information about the classroom and other concerns.
Responsibilities related to the classroom:
- Regularly rotate picture displays and books, using both in-center and community resources.
- Label items and make name tags as needed.
- Arrange room to facilitate safe circulations and optimal use of space.
- Post room limits and label classroom play areas.
- Post allergy lists in room and give a copy to the cook.
- Post safety and emergency information in a conspicuous place in the room. (These must include tornado, fire and accident procedures.)
- Maintain a clean, orderly environment
- Create and implement daily/weekly cleaning/organizing schedules for the classroom
- Take attendance and meal counts daily
Responsibilities related to the center:
- Cooperate with other classrooms in rotating center resources.
- Help organize, participate in, and attend center-wide functions when they occur.
- Attend and participate in Center-wide parent involvement activities, including but not limited to, General Board Meetings, Board Election, Open House, and International Night.
- Read literature made available by the Center staff.
- Serve actively on at least one board committee.
- Staff members are strongly encouraged to maintain an active interest in the field of Early Childhood Education and in the community as it affects the profession.
- Participate in informal discussions related to Child Development philosophy by learning theories, classroom management techniques, etc.
- Maintain awareness of political issues which affect child welfare. Share information with parents, peers, community members, and political representatives where appropriate.
- Participate in at least 12 hours of professional development each year. These may include in and out-of-center trainings.
All other duties, as assigned:
- Annual evaluations will take place as outlined in the employee handbook.
- An hourly wage with benefits including: health, dental, vision insurances, supplemental insurances, paid holidays and leave time.
SCDC reserves the right to add and/or require attendance for training, meetings and special events per center policies, state or accreditation guidelines. This may include but is not limited to the following:
- Mandated training and development
- Annual Enrichment Training and Professional Development
- First Aid/CPR
- Blood Borne Pathogen training
- Infant/Toddler Training (Infant/Toddler/Transition teachers)
- Room Meetings
- School Readiness Seminars/Training (Preschool Teachers/Assistants)
- Center special events
- International Night
- Parent Involvement Activities
- Committee Meetings and Board Meetings
- Staff Meetings
- Employment is contingent upon the completion and positive review of a Michigan Child Care Background Check, Tuberculosis Test, and References Check.
Employment is contingent upon the completion and positive review of a Michigan Child Care Background Check, Tuberculosis Test, and References Check.
This para-professional position requires work in a child care center with children from two weeks to six years old. An employee in this position helps children in all program activities, interacts with them, guides their interactions with each other, and instructs them in the use of materials. The Teaching Aide is an integral and vital member of the teaching team in the classroom. Teacher Aides are hired to the center and may be assigned to any classroom as needed. The Aide duties are carried out under supervision of the Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers.
Applications can be picked up at the center until 6p; must apply in person. All applications be followed by a 25-35 minute observation in a classroom. Observations can be done Monday-Thursday between 9:45-11:45am or 3:30-4:30pm; you do not have to do an observation the same day you pick up an application, but an observation must be complete to move forward; no appointment necessary.
- High school diploma required, prefer additional education in Child Development or a related field.
- Knowledge relating to young children, First Aid methods, and safety requirements.
- Ability to work with children in a warm, responsible, and positive manner and to react calmly in a crisis situation.
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to stand for long periods of time
- Ability to bend down, kneel, sit on floor, run and move quickly
- Ability to lift up to 30 lbs, repeatedly and as needed
- Successful completion of an in-classroom observation and reference checks
- Positive Criminal Background Check and DHS Central Registry Clearance
- Provide proof of a Tuberculosis Test having been completed within the past year
Specific job descriptions for Teaching Aides will vary in each classroom and will be determined by the Lead or Assistant Teachers and Administrative Director at the beginning of each term. Additional responsibilities may be added or agreed upon by the Aide and the Team Teachers.
- Room maintenance: help keep toys in order, keep floors and table spaces clean and orderly during the working day, sort artwork, arrange bulletin boards, etc.
- Supervise activities as directed by the Lead or Assistant Teacher including eating, toileting, tooth brushing, napping, dressing, free play activities, small group and outdoor activities
- Aides are expected to interact with the children in a warm, positive, and supportive manner; to intervene in children activities only when adult assistance is needed; to remain with one or more children until relieved by another adult; and to use positive guidance approaches.
- Report to the Lead or Assistant Teacher any pertinent problems, injuries incurred by the children, observations and parent inquiries.
- Accept the suggestions of the Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher and/or Administration to improve teaching and management techniques.
- Check the daily and/or weekly schedule and lesson plans to ensure understanding of daily expectations.
- Attend all required aide staff in-service training and/or meetings.
- Work varying amounts of time, from three to eight hours per day; scheduled no more than 35 hours per week;
- MSU student employees are only permitted to work 29 hours a week;
- Paid an hourly minimum wage;
- Written and oral evaluation once per term by the Lead Teacher.
- MSU students are required to work during finals weeks (at least two shifts).
- Performances and evaluation procedures will be followed as listed in the SCDC Employee Handbook;
- Preference will be given to those who have afternoon availability.