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Implement instruction and opportunities for learning for children ages 1-5 in an integrated classroom setting. Adhere to all state child care licensing, NAEYC, PTQ Level 4 and IDEM 5 Star Standards. Plan and conduct a variety of activities that are designed to meet the needs of assigned children and promote appropriate developmental age progress in language, self-help, fine and gross motor, social/emotional skills, and cognitive skills. Plan for and meet the needs of individual children while remaining responsive and aware of group needs. Integrate IEP, IFSP, behavior, and nutritional plans in place for any specific children into the daily plan and curriculum for that child. Follow daily routine and schedule while remaining flexible to individual factors that may alter the routine. Maintain classroom management that encourages positive interactions and social/emotional growth of the child. Help create a warm and accepting environment & atmosphere for children, parents, families, volunteers, community representatives, and staff. Model appropriate language and behavior. Help create a warm and accepting environment & atmosphere for children, parents, families, volunteers, community representatives, and staff. Document and record accurate detailed progress for individual children. Perform ongoing child observations and assessments a minimal of three times yearly through ISTAR-KR. Use the information to design curriculum and improve classroom outcomes. Perform child screenings on assigned children within 45 days of enrollment and report findings to the parent and Preschool Directors. Perform at least one yearly parent conference with assigned children. Document and record accurate progress for individual children for progress reports. Work as a team to plan an environment and activities designed to meet the needs of assigned children and promote skills. Act as supervisor to aides and volunteers providing instructions and guidance regarding their responsibilities in the classroom and report any concerns to the Preschool Directors. Follow agreed upon curriculum. Maintain an orderly and safe environment. Insure the safety of the children in assigned group. Assure that all children are supervised within sight and sound at all times. Communicate and work with other staff to coordinate program components and goals for each child. Meet the needs of the children through lifting (up to 50 pounds), bending, kneeling, squatting, reaching, and/or twisting. As well, getting up and down from the floor and holding and moving the children to assist in various activities. Move and play with children indoors and outdoors. Report any signs of abuse and/or neglect to the Preschool Directors or agency nurse. Help with care of physical needs of children including feeding, toileting, and washing hands. Work cooperatively with the Preschool Directors, coworkers and families of the children served. Perform all required documentation and reports and submit in a timely manner. Comply with regulatory health requirements, including: providing documentation of an annual physical within 30 days of hire and every two (2) years thereafter; and an annual TB test. Attend all meetings and training as required. Attend parent conferences and contribute to those meetings. Be committed to providing a safe environment for all clients. Display an overall commitment to the agency's mission, values, and vision while maintaining a positive, professional image. Portray a positive attitude. Attend meetings and trainings as requested. Attend or assist with "after hours" activities that benefit the agency which may include Preschool Open House, Graduation, Family Night, or other events. Participate in additional department projects as needed. Accept other duties as assigned by the Preschool Directors. Help ensure classroom job assignments are completed, i.e. dishes, laundry. Keep bulletin boards up to date.
Level 1: BA/BS in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education with ECE minor, or infant/toddler CDA. Level 2:Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Bilingual in English/Spanish favorable. Experience working with young children required. Previous teaching experience preferred. Must have or be able to obtain CPR and first aid certification annually and perform as necessary.