The Assistant Infant/Toddler Teacher is responsible for all aspects of the care and education for the children enrolled in his/her class. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: physical caregiving, aiding the lead teacher with developmental assessments, following an age appropriate curricular plan, and facilitation of supportive relationships with the owner, directors, co-workers, parents, and students.
- Must be 18 years of age and graduated from high school.
- Must have a clear FBI background check and be fingerprinted prior to start of employment.
- A Child Development Associate credential for Infant and Toddler Care OR a degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field is preferred but not required.
- Must have two years’ experience caring for infants or toddlers in a licensed early childhood facility OR successfully complete 24 hours of pre-service child care orientation.
- Must be warm, nurturing, patient, and open to learning.
- Must be capable of managing a group of children with varied dispositions in a positive and respectful manner in a variety of situations.
- Must have the specific, knowledge-based competencies (stages of child development and learning styles, age appropriate activities, etc.) required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job.
- Must have good verbal as well as written communication skills such as content and grammar.
- Must be current in CPR and First Aid or have successfully completed an approved course prior to being left alone with the infants or toddlers.
- Must be current in Shaken Baby/SIDS training or have successfully completed of an approved course prior to being alone with infants or toddlers.
- Should be enthusiastic, energetic, creative and self-motivated. The position requires considerable flexibility and patience.
- Must be able to work well both independently and cooperatively in a positive, team-oriented, environment.
- Must have a good attendance record and be punctual.
- Must be able to fulfill the physical demands of the position i.e.; able to lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 50 pounds. Some climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and or crawling will be required.
- Ensure the safety of each child enrolled in the class whether in the classroom, on the playground, on the buggy, or in common areas.
- Greet parents daily as they drop off and pick up with a warm smile and positive comment about their child.
- Ensure parents sign their child in and out on a daily basis and complete the monthly feeding instructions for their child.
- Change diapers every two hours.
- Wash crib sheets, bibs, blankets as needed.
- When feeding, hold infants who are 6 months old or less and cannot sit up in a high chair on their own.
- Note naptime, amount eaten, diaper changes and comment on the child’s day on the daily sheet.
- Send daily sheet home with the child at the end of the day.
- Have appropriate and consistent classroom management skills.
- Should enjoy and respect the egocentricity of every child in the classroom.
- Be open to change, new ideas and constructive criticism.
- Plan and implement developmentally appropriate classroom practices that support the physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs of young children and meet the standards of the Towne Creek School.
- Work with the lead teacher in a positive, professional manner.
- Team with parents, co-workers and administration to provide the best support for the children through sharing information in a professional and confidential manner.
- Be prepared to teach in the lead teacher’s absence.
- Assist the lead teacher in preparation of planned activities, diaper changes, feeding time, laundry, clean up, etc.
- Assist students individually or in small groups with activities.
- Assist children with toilet training when applicable.
- Have positive interactions with each child on a daily basis during circle time, centers, snacks, lunch time, diaper changes, playground, free play, etc. for the purpose of creating a positive learning environment.
- Perform general housekeeping duties within the classroom, on the playground and throughout the school.
- Attend all scheduled meetings and in-service presentations for the purpose of acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions.
- Successfully complete 24 clock hours of professional in service training annually.
- Be knowledgeable of the Minimum Standard Requirements of Child Care required by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
SALARY RANGE $8 – $12 per hour
- Salary is based on a number of factors 1) Educational background 2) Years of experience 3) Child care needs, etc. Final salary is negotiable.