Early Head Start Assistant Teacher
- - Early Head Start
- Kokomo, IN, USA
- Part Time
Assist primary caregivers with the implementation of an inclusive and developmentally appropriate environment for all children in the assigned classroom. In the primary caregiver's absence, assume responsibilities as delegated by the supervisor. Ensure the safety of all children in an assigned group and maintain sight and sound at all times. Create a warm, clean, and accepting environment that is inclusive of all children's needs. Provide a welcoming atmosphere for all families, volunteers, community representatives, and staff. Assist teachers with creating and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Ensure that activities are child led, play based, and meet fidelity requirements. Conduct lesson plans as written in the absence of the lead teacher(s). Observe and document evidence of child growth and development in order to contribute to assessments. Abide by program philosophies on parent engagement and parent participation. Actively participate in parent engagement opportunities. Encourage families to engage in activities offered by the program that promote family well-being. Appropriately communicate with families both verbally and in writing. Provide families with resources and referrals to community agencies as needed. Shares all conversations with the child's primary caregiver in a timely manner. Model appropriate language and behavior for children, volunteers, and families. Report any health, social, or crisis needs of the child or family to the child's primary caregiver. Attend all meetings and trainings as required to meet state and federal regulations. Must be able to hold and move small children weighing 5-50 pounds. Must be able to move and play with small children indoors and outdoors, including routine tasks such as diaper changing and feeding. Comply with regulatory health requirements, including: providing documentation of an annual physical within 30 days of hire and every five (5) years thereafter; and an annual TB test. Display an overall commitment to the agency and program's mission, values, and vision while maintain a positive, professional image. Adhere to all plans, policies, and procedures of Bona Vista Programs and the early childhood department. Perform all required documentation and reports and submit in a timely manner. Assist with additional duties when directed by management.
Must have a CDA, an equivalent of a CDA (12 credit hours in ECE), or be able to obtain a CDA within two years of employment. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must have or be able to obtain CPR certification annually and First Aid certification every two years. General knowledge of child development, nutrition, health, and safety is preferred. Must possess good oral and written communication skills. Experience working with children under the age of 3 years is preferred. Maintain a valid Indiana driver's license, insurance on personal vehicle (minimum of PLPD with medical liability coverage), and maintain insurability as defined by the agency liability insurance is preferred.