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Infant/Toddler Teacher

Company: Community Action Program for Central Arkansas
Location: Gould
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Infant/Toddler Teacher

PROGRAM: Region II/Early Head Start

JOB STATUS: _____ Exempt __X__ Non-Exempt

__X__ Full Time _____ Part - Time

STATEMENT OF THE JOB: Under the overall supervision of the Early Childhood Director and the direct supervision of the Center Manager, the Infant/Toddler Teacher is responsible for implementing the educational program in the infant/toddler classroom.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Plan and implement learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their:

* literacy, phonemic, and print awareness
* understanding and use of language
* understanding and use of increasing complex and varied vocabulary
* appreciation of books
* understanding of early math and early science
* problem-solving abilities and
* approaches to learning.

Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment by forming positive, trusting and nurturing relationships with children.

Support the social and emotional development of children by forming positive, trusting and nurturing relationships with children.

Encourage the involvement of the families of the children and support the development of relationships between children and their families.

Maintain a professional attitude with staff, parents, volunteers, and children at all times.

Responsible for:

* creating a warm and welcoming environment that supports childrens growth and development
* implementing the curriculum and developing and implementing daily lesson plans
* promoting developmentally appropriate practices
* using routines as opportunities for growth and learning.
* providing activities that facilitate childrens growth and development
* arranging and conducting educational home visits and parent conferences and
* guiding childrens behavior in positive ways.

Promote good eating habits with toddlers by conversing and encouraging good table manners when food is served.

Responsible for observing children regularly and individualizing for each child based on these observations.

Responsible for ongoing assessment of enrolled children to monitor child outcomes.

Provide supervision for children, or volunteers in the classroom.

Responsible for maintaining a high quality daily program of work and designated record keeping.

Work cooperatively with other classroom/center staff.

Is knowledgeable in all aspects of use and design of learning centers.

Responsible for the orderliness and cleanliness of the classroom.

Assist in providing training and technical assistance to other center staff in overall child development.

Work with Administrative Office staff, support staff and consultants in implementing recommendations.

Assist in the assessment of the Education and Early Childhood Development Work Plan.

Assist in obtaining and documenting In-Kind (Non-Federal Match) for parent and community activities.

Attend and participate in center staff meetings. Participate in parent meetings and staffings as requested.

Serve as a member of the IEP Team by attending IEP meetings as requested.

Must be able to see, hear and respond to childrens needs, emergencies and conflicts that might occur in the classroom, playground, bathrooms or other areas used by children.

Responsible for data management in child development areas.

Assist in the avoidance or appearance of fraud and ensure compliance in the overall management of the Early Childhood area.

NON- ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

* Respect confidentiality in all aspects of the Head Start Program.
* Participate in all training designed for professional development.
* Document attendance of a minimum of 15 clock hours of approved professional development per year that is high-quality, sustained, intensive and classroom-focused.
* Able to handle stress, tension and exasperation that contact with many children and adults may bring every day.
* May be called upon to administer first aid to children or staff at any time in the program. The incidental nature of this circumstance effectively establishes first aid as a collateral duty, rather than a primary one.
* Perform other duties as needed and required for efficient operation of the Center, needs and welfare of the children.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Educational Requirements:

* High School Diploma or GED and a Child Development Associate (CDA) with Infant/Toddler Endorsement are required. Associate degree or bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education may also be accepted.

Experience Requirements:

* One year experience working with infants &/or toddlers (6 weeks to 3 years of age).

Physical Requirements:

* Good physical condition. Able to lift children, able to sit and stand for long periods of time.
* Participate in activities requiring bending, stooping, kneeling, and jumping.
* Occasionally stand or walk on uneven surfaces.
* Must be able to pass tuberculosis screening annually and initial health examination within first three months of employment.
* Valid drivers license, access to transportation with liability insurance and willing to use vehicle for Agency related travel.
* Must be able to travel out of area overnight to attend training.
* Able to hear and communicate orally with children and adults.
* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
* Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Skill Requirements:

* Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations.

Personal Traits:

* Be in sympathy with the concepts of the Head Start Program.
* Able to delegate responsibilities.
* Able to keep confidential information without inappropriately divulging it.
* Planning and organizational abilities.
* Able to make decisions and work without continual close supervision.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Start Date: ASAP, budgeted 12 months per year

Salary: CDA $11.33, Associate's Degree $14.17, Bachelor's Degree $14.80 NOTE: Position currently receiving temporary additional pay due to COVID. Will cease when funding is expended.

Hours: Full-Time/Non-Exempt position, Mon.-Fri. Work hours 7:30am-3:30pm when children are present, 7:30am to 4pm on days when children are not present.

Employer Paid Benefits (for eligible staff): 13 paid holidays, 12 paid annual leave & 12 paid sick days per year; Employer provided life insurance, medical insurance supplement, education assistance, employee assistance program, 401K with match, and more!

ALL CAPCA staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 or be approved under an exemption.

Keywords: Community Action Program for Central Arkansas, Little Rock , Infant/Toddler Teacher, Other , Gould, Arkansas

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