The infant teacher is responsible for all aspects of care and education of the children enrolled in their class. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: physical caregiving, developmental assessments, following an age-appropriate curricular plan, and facilitation of supportive relationships with owners, directors, co-workers, parents, and students.
- Must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
- Must have a clear FBI background check and be fingerprinted before starting 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 of experience caring for infants in a licensed early childhood facility OR completed 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 at most four infants with varied dispositions positively and respectfully in various situations.
- Must have the specific, knowledge-based competencies (stages of child development and learning styles, age-appropriate activities, etc.) required to perform the job’s functions satisfactorily.
- Must have good verbal and written communication skills such as content and grammar.
- Must be current in CPR and First Aid or have completed an approved course before being left alone with the infants or toddlers.
- Must be present in Shaken Baby/SIDS training or have completed an approved course before 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 pull up to 50 pounds. Some climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling will be required.
- Be able to supervise up to four (4) children alone without supervision or support.
- 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 comments about their child.
- Ensure parents sign their child in and out daily 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 six months old or less and cannot sit up in a high chair independently.
- Note naptime, amount eaten, diaper changes, and comment about the child’s day on the daily sheet.
- Send daily sheet home with the child at the end of the day.
- Return all parent phone calls, letters, or emails within twenty-four (24) hours.
- Enjoy and respect the egocentricity of every child in the classroom.
- 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.
- Complete and submit weekly lesson plans and What’s Happenings to the office by Thursday afternoon.
- Assess the development and progress of the infants on an ongoing basis.
- Maintain a portfolio for each child.
- Conduct and document developmental assessments of the students in your care.
- Communicate the results of these assessments with parents through progress reports (2 per year).
- Work with the teaching team in a positive, professional manner.
- Team with parents, co-workers, and administration to provide the best support for the children by sharing information professionally and confidently.
- Be open to change, new ideas, and constructive criticism
- Have positive interactions with each child daily during diaper changes, snacks, lunchtime, playground, free play, etc., to create a positive learning environment.
- Maintain daily attendance and submit your attendance sheets to the office on Friday at the end of each week.
- Maintain a monthly classroom budget and submit all relevant paperwork to the office by the last Thursday of each month.
- Perform general housekeeping duties within the classroom, on the playground, and throughout the school.
- Attend all scheduled meetings and in-service presentations to acquire and convey information relative to job functions.
- 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 to infants.
SALARY RANGE $10 – $14 per hour
- Salary is based on several factors: 1) Educational background, 2) Years of experience, 3) Child care, etc. The final salary is negotiable.