The Early Childhood Teacher is responsible for the care and education of a group of children as part of a teaching team. The teacher works with the teaching team to plan, implement, as well as supervise the activities in a curriculum that is in accordance with the developmentally appropriate practices as defined by the state standards, DCFS regulations and the B.R. Ryall YMCA operational policies. This position requires active participation with the other members of the teaching team and parents to assess and address the needs of individual children and ensure that the child’s and family’s needs are supported.
- Provides day-to-day supervision to a classroom of children ages 2-5.
- Plans and implements developmentally appropriate and creative curriculum.
- Shares weekly plan of activities with Child Care Director, and communicates plans to parents appropriately.
- Develops classroom centers that respond to children’s interest and are coordinated with the ongoing curriculum.
- Develops and manages whole and small group activities that include, but are not limited to, literacy, math, music, games, art, science and gym.
- Maintains accurate program documentation (incident/discipline/attendance/sign in and out).
- Ensures the daily care of every child by following licensing guidelines and implementing organizational policies.
- Communicates directly with parents and prospective parents to achieve success for the child.
- Maintains a fun and interactive classroom that is clean and organized.
- Attends necessary trainings and conferences (First Aid, CPR, etc.).
- Must be at least 19 years old.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
- 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester or nine quarter hours in courses directly related to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.
- One year of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center and 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six or nine quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six
- 2+ years of professional experience working in a child care or school setting.
- Must have good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Must have the ability to communicate effectively with parents, children and other staff.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
- Applicants must have, or obtain, First Aid/CPR certification within the first 60 days of employment.