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South Middlesex Opportunity Council Assistant Teacher - Preschool/Head Start in Whitinsville, Massachusetts

SUMMARY

Working under the direction of the Lead Teacher and/or supervisor, plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences that engage the whole child and support the readiness of the children through social/emotional, cognitive, physical and language activities. Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment and encourage the involvement of families to strengthen the relationships between children, families and community.

School year only position.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain working knowledge of SMOC Child Care philosophy and all regulations and performance standards (EEC, NAEYC and QRIS) applicable to the assigned classroom.

  • Support classroom team in planning, preparing and implementing a successful learning environment that supports and challenges each child's development.

  • Participate in opportunities for staff growth and development.

  • Communicate regularly with Lead Teacher and/or supervisor and share all pertinent information as quickly as possible.

  • Observe and record children's behavior for the purpose of assessing skills and planning appropriately to meet individual and group needs. Recognize areas of concern, assist in appropriate intervention or needed referrals and participate in conferences.

  • Assess classroom needs for equipment, materials and supplies and report to Lead Teacher and/or supervisor.

  • Maintain the space, equipment, materials and supplies in a safe, clean and orderly fashion.

  • Assist in providing accurate and timely reports, record keeping and other documentation required for assigned classroom.

  • Maintain strict adherence to health and safety policies and procedures.

  • Attend all required staff meetings, workshops, trainings, committee meetings and parent functions.

  • Contribute to a positive, supportive relationship by maintaining contact with families through phone calls, conferences, home visits, arrivals & departures, and family volunteer opportunities.

  • Designated mandated reporter.

  • Engage all children and parents by understanding and addressing their needs whether within or outside the scope of work.

  • Attend & participate in team meetings as requested and communicate effectively with children, parents and staff in other areas.

  • Maintain confidentiality of program, employee and agency information in accordance with federal and state laws and funder requirements.

  • Ensure compliance with program/department, agency and/or funder requirements, as well as, SMOC policies & procedures.

  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • EEC Preschool qualified.

  • CDA credential or Lead Teacher certification required.

  • Experience working with preschool age children required.

  • Must be comfortable working with diverse backgrounds and able to effectively communicate with children, families and co-workers.

  • Bi-lingual skills a plus. ยท

  • Must be or become certified in CPR & first aid within the time frame required by EEC licensing.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP

  • Directly reports to Lead Teacher.

  • Direct reports of this position are none.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Lifting of children - up to 30 lbs.

  • Proof of physical exam within last year determining good health and meeting all EEC requirements.

  • Physically able to perform CPR including 1) ability to get on the floor, 2) ability to give an effective breath (making the chest rise) and 3) ability to give effective chest compressions.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is performed inside and outside most days regardless of the weather. As part of the responsibilities of this position, the Teacher - Preschool will have direct or incidental contact with clients served by SMOC in various programs funded or administered through the Executive Office of Health and Human Services or the Department of Early Education & Care. A successful background check is required.

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