Summary of Position:
Our client is looking for nurturing childcare professionals to lead each of their exciting play based Child Development Program rooms which is focused on enriching the day to day lives of children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
Our client is currently hiring a Co-Lead teacher for their Toddler Group. This will be a split room with two lead teachers who will collaborate with lesson plans and goals but will have split age groups within the toddler group. The ideal candidate will have experience working with children between the ages of 18-36 months and be familiar with milestones.
A full time Lead Teacher within our program will be responsible for caregiving, managing and recording timely developmental observations, development of age appropriate/individually suited curriculum and facilitating a nurturing and supportive relationship with our community of parents. The program aligns with State Birth to Three Early Learning Standards and Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards; and is enhanced by our focus on play based learning. Experience working effectively as a member of a team is important for this position, as there will be shared classroom responsibilities, and collaboration, as well as training of assistant team members required.
Our client’s goal is to positively enhance the community of our families' lives the second they walk through the door. If you are a loving, nurturing and compassionate person who has a deep interest in enriching the lives of our next generation during their critically important first five years of life, you will be a great fit for our team.
Minimum Job Qualifications:
This position requires one of the following:
Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
OR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certified Child Care Professional (CCP) Certificate, Group Teacher endorsement from the New Jersey Registry for Childhood Professionals, Professional Impact New Jersey or New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential administered through Professional Impact New Jersey
Two + years of experience working with children
Successful completion of all State Required Health and Background screenings
Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of Word, Excel and Outlook
Able to work in collaboration with classroom team
Ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job
Demonstrate initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility
Other duties as assigned
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Successful completion of PRAXIS Early Childhood Exam.
We pride ourselves on providing a great work environment for all our teachers and staff. Full time employees are eligible for benefits such as:
Paid Time Off including Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
Paid Training Hours
Financial Support for Continuing Education
Monthly Budget for Your Classroom Needs and Supplies
Medical and Dental Plan (50% paid by the company Employee only)
Room for Growth within the Company
Access to use our fitness, and co-working facilities
Essential Job Functions:
The responsibilities of this position will include, but will not be limited to the following Early Childhood Programming:
Model behavior and positive care techniques to other team members.
Ensure the safety of the children within the inside and outside environments at all times.
Establish partnerships with families that are respectful of individual differences, family styles and cultural/socio-economic diversity.
Follow all DCF regulations and center policies
Implementing a developmentally appropriate program in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the Company and the curriculum objectives.
Conduct regular developmental screenings of each child using the tools provided.
Create an instructional plan that meets the needs of each child using the screening results, anecdotal observations, children's individual interests and style of learning, as needed.
Observe children on a regular basis and record observations.
Receive guidance and direction from Child Development Director with an open mind
Positively impact the lives of children and families every day.
Execute the curriculum that aligns with the NJ Birth to Three Early Learning Standards and NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards
Preparing, serving and cleaning up snacks and parent provided meals
Changing Diapers (ability dependent)
Bending, kneeling, lifting and sitting on the floor
Appropriately interacting with children throughout the day
Maintaining cleanliness in the classroom space
Filling out daily reports and other documentation
Follow through with daily lesson plans
Attending monthly staff meetings
Creating a yearly professional development plan and annually completing 20 hours of professional development
Interactions with Children
Communicate with children and families in a positive manner helping to bolster their confidence
Treat each child with dignity and respect, helping bolster their confidence as they learn to navigate into their ever expanding world.
Nurture children as they develop into responsible integral members of the group and community
Be approachable and accessible in order for children to become actively engaged in problem solving in the environment
Utilize developmentally appropriate guidance practices for all ages
Interactions with Parents
Establish regular communication with parents
Always remember that a parent’s day likely started well before they arrive at our doorstep, patience and grace are key ingredients to trusting relationships within our community
Create an environment that embraces open communication with families
Interactions with Staff
Attend and participate in all staff meetings
Attend In-Service training and workshops
Be courteous and respectful of peers
Direct issues to the appropriate persons in a timely manner
Able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day.
Able to supervise children outside being out in the sun, snow and changing temperatures.
Able to lift up to 40 pounds from the floor to waist high table.
Able to push a cart/buggy/stroller weighing up to 100 pounds for up to 3 miles.
Able to walk or run as the job dictates.
Able to kneel down to children's eye level.
Able to sit on the floor to work with children.
Able to react to a child that is up to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
Able to carry a child up to 40 pounds, up to 100 feet.
Able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside or outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/body fluids.
Extremely patient and able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working daily with children, staff and parents.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
The company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.
Salary: $18 - $21/hr
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