The Assistant Teacher/Caregiver will support the care-giving staff to implement all components of quality in the Early Head Start Child Development Center. Job duties include supporting the Teacher/Caregiver in: working effectively with parents, maintaining positive staff relations, developing age appropriate programs and caring for young children under the age of 36 months.
Assist in the fulfillment of the agency’s vision, “For Those We Serve,” by empowering individuals to thrive as healthy, self-sufficient and contributing members of our communities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Personal and Professional Behavior:
Adhere to all FEOC personnel policies and procedures.
Assume responsibility for continued professional growth.
Maintain excellent work habits (attendance, punctuality, time management, teamwork, etc.).
Maintain confidentiality at all times.
Early Childhood Programming:
Assist in the planning and implementation individualized developmentally appropriate curriculum as per Early Head Start Performance Standards.
Assist in developing age appropriate classroom environments that include displays of children’s work and attractive interest centers.
Assist in providing a discrimination free environment that makes understanding, acceptance, and respect for all persons an integral part of daily programs.
Assist the infant/toddler staff in evaluation/assessment of the developmental level of each child and integrate this knowledge into the daily program.
Assist in the completion observations/assessments of each child as required by Early Head Start regulations.
Participants in semi-annual ITERS (Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale) evaluation.
Facilitate smooth transitions between activities.
Health, Safety, and Nutrition:
Supervise children and staff at all times to maintain a safe environment according to Cal OSHA Guidelines (SB198) plan, Community Care Licensing and
Early Head Start Performance Standards.
Implement healthful practices within the classroom environment using universal health precautions.
Change diapers and assist with toileting on a regular basis.
Keep accurate emergency information and authorizations for all children.
Maintain first aid materials/supplies in the classroom.
Maintain current Infant/Child CPR and First Aid certification.
Implement Center’s plan for medical and disaster related emergencies according to SB 198 and State licensing regulations.
Communicate all family updates to the Site Supervisor/Center Director and other caregivers as needed.
Recognize the mandate to report suspected child abuse.
Working With Children, Families and the Community:
Treat all children and their families with respect.
Assist infants and toddlers to resolve conflicts by enforcing limits in a consistent manner and by helping children find the appropriate ways to deal with their feelings.
Keep parents informed regarding their child’s progress on a regular basis through informal communication and formal conferencing.
Promote advocacy for children and families.
Demonstrate a professional attitude and appearance.
Involve parents in center activities, Local Parent Committee activities, etc.
Supporting Positive Staff Relations:
Attend and participate in all required staff meetings, in-service trainings, and orientations.
Implement positive communication and problem solving skills.
Work cooperatively with other staff members (including the administrators of the program), accept supervision, and contribute to the effectiveness of the team.
Bring concerns/problems to the attention of the Teacher/Caregiver and Site Supervisor/Center Director in a timely manner.
Driving as needed to perform required job duties.
Obtain materials and supplies needed for instructional activities.
Complete general housekeeping tasks as needed.
Demonstrated experience with all licensing requirements and ensure that all procedures are followed to meet or exceed the standard.
Complete tasks on schedule and demonstrate efficient use of time and materials.
Consideration given to the needs of children and families in a sensitive manner.