LOWER ELWHA HEAD START
EARLY HEAD START TEACHER AIDE
OVERVIEW: The Early Head Start Teacher Aide must be professionally prepared and qualified to work with very young children and their families in a culturally relevant manner. They must have knowledge of infant/toddler development, Head Start requirements, and take direction well. They must be able to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
WORK LOCATION: Lower Elwha Early Head Start
SUPERVISED BY: Supervising Lead Teacher
POSITION STATUS: Regular Part Time
SALARY LEVEL: $14
WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hrs. per week
Monday 8-4:00Tuesday-Friday 8:45-4:15
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF JOB:
Assists in implementing the program curriculum and the Head Start Performance Standards for classrooms. Provides input into the preparation of developmentally appropriate weekly and daily lesson plans in advance, which include: multicultural educational materials and activities; both classroom and playground activities; family style dining at meals and snacks, per HSPS and program policy and procedure; and individualized activities that are recorded in the lesson plans.
Assists in organizing the classroom in well-developed and defined learning centers, rotating materials routinely to create a stimulating learning environment for young children. Assists in maintaining a classroom that is clean, safe and free of clutter, with learning materials labeled and organized to make them easily accessible for use by the children.
Assists with preparing the room prior to the children’s arrival and with cleaning and preparing the classroom for the next day.
Facilitates infant/toddlers’ learning, using appropriate child development knowledge. Stays involved with the children at all times in the classroom and on the playground.
Collaborates with Lead Teacher in observing infant/toddlers and recording observations and making appropriate referrals to the Lead Teacher.
Collaborates with Lead Teacher in maintaining documentation as required by program policies and procedures.
Assists Lead Teacher with developmental screenings as assigned.
Work with the Lead Teacher to maintain ongoing professional and appropriate communication with parents.
Assists Lead Teacher with home visits and parent conferences when assigned.
Participates in center staff meetings, case management meetings, and Head Start program meetings.
Actively participate in recommended trainings/classes for ongoing professional development and be able to share new information with staff.