|SUMMARY||Responsible for the general supervision and management of the infant/toddler classroom, planning and executing the educational program in accordance with the mission and policies of PALC.|
|EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE||Education: High School Diploma
Associates Degree in Early Childhood; or CDA (preferred)
Education: 90-hr Preschool Certification and 45-hr Infant/Toddler certification or CDA
Experience: Minimum 2 years working in a licensed child care facility
|QUALIFICATIONS||Professionally prepared as a teacher of young children in the field of early childhood education and/or child development.
Meet the requirements of licensing agencies and accrediting organizations.
|SKILLS||1. Required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
2. Extensive knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood
3. ?Ability to develop rapport with children, parents, and co-workers
4. Strong leadership qualities and skills
5. Ability to follow and implement, age appropriate curriculum to successfully engage children and foster social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development
6. Strong group management skills with children
7. ?Effective organizational and planning skills
8. Effective interpersonal skills
9. ?Ability to conform to an established work schedule
10. ?Ability to communicate in a concise and effective manner
11. ?Ability to understand and follow instructions precisely
12. Ability to exercise tact, discretion and confidentiality
|DUTIES||Responsibilities include, but are not limited to,
1. Assures that each infant and toddler is warmly greeted upon arrival; each infant/toddler is held; and each child is gradually assisted to become a part of the group
2. Talks, sings, and reads to infants/toddlers frequently.
3. Responds quickly in a soothing and tender manner to infants' cries or calls of distress.
4. Responds consistently to infants'/toddlers needs for food and comfort.
5. Implements individualized feeding plans for children; respects individual preferences and eating styles; sits with toddlers and models manners and good nutrition.
6. Tends to children's personal hygiene needs, remaining especially attentive to them during routines such as diaper changing, cleaning, feeding, and changing soiled or wet clothes.
7. Completes timely, neat, accurate documentation of assessments, individualized plans, attendance, feedings, daily activity logs for parents, inventories, and other documentation as may be deemed necessary for proving quality services.
8. Interacts with the children and encourages their involvement in activities.
9. Provides a warm, safe, and caring environment that is kept orderly, clean, and appealing. The environment should allow the child to grow and to explore.
10. Plans, prepares, and implements daily activities (indoor/outdoor) as they relate to the program curriculum.
11. Responsible for maintaining compliance within the classroom, as it relates to posted materials and information as required by licensing agencies.
12. Responsible for the health, welfare, and safety of the children.
13. Oversees all mealtime/snack time activities and related record keeping for CACFP compliance
14. Maintains daily attendance records.
15. Maintains ongoing developmental records for each child, including keeping records of all developing skills (physical, social, emotional, and cognitive).
16. Maintains good communication with parents on a daily basis through the use of daily sheets, notes, or verbally.
17. Works with other staff members to form a positive, supportive team atmosphere.
18. Ensures confidentiality of privileged information.
19. Maintains adherence to all company policies and procedures, including agency safety requirements.
20. Must work the days and hours to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks, be punctual and timely in meeting all performance requirements, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines.
21. Supervise upkeep of all education equipment and materials in assigned area
22. ?Work with parents to promote understanding of their child’s growth and development;
23. Encourage parents participation in school programs; attend parent group and Center functions
24. Maintain required credentials and continued education, as required by PALC and licensing agencies.
25. Performs additional program duties as assigned by the Director according to agency needs
|PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS||Must have the ability to:
1. Lift up to 40 lbs.
2. Repetitive bending, stretching, and stooping
3. Have mobility required to ensure the safety of the children
4. Work with children on the floor
5. Work outdoors in any variety of weather
6. Fully capable to have visual or hearing capabilities consistent with licensing safety requirements
7. Perform cleaning duties
8. Light typing and work processing
|OTHER||• Documentation of Tuberculin-free condition
• Clear criminal background check