Starfish Family Services
Job Description/ Duties:
- Responsible for ensuring that daily activities and interactions reflect the mission and goals of the program.
- Attend trainings, workshops, and any other professional development opportunities to ensure the most current, quality practices and care are being utilized with infants and toddlers.
- Attend on-going trainings/workshops on the HighScope Curriculum and Child
- Observation Record (COR). Implement strategies learned from trainings/workshops attended.
- Implement curriculum activities, strategies, learning environment, and interactions in accordance to the PQA.
- Meet with Mentor Coach on a regular basis and implement strategies as identified on the coaching plan.
- Work together with the co-teacher as a team, in assisting with planning and
- Implementing daily programming for pre-school children utilizing the HighScope curriculum and COR (Child Observation Record).
- Plan and document Child Outcome activities, support strategies, and interactions according to daily child anecdotal information/COR data and gains.
- Plan and implement a program of educational activities for infants and toddlers, including writing a weekly lesson plan that specifies a daily schedule, toward the achievement of specific curriculum goals as written in education component plan.
- Create a clean, safe classroom environment that is conducive to learning, promoting social relationships.
- Evaluate the accomplishments of the children on a regular basis and reports progress to parents/guardians.
- Plan and implement an individual learning plan for each child in the classroom. Implement IEP and IFSP goals as part of the individualization process.
- Plan and conduct at least two conferences and two home visits per child/per year.
- Plan and implement daily outdoor activities that develop gross motor skills and promote exploration and social relationships.
- Promote feelings of security and trust in infants and toddlers by being warm, supportive, and comforting, and by establishing strong and caring relationships with them.
- Develop curriculum activities that reflect the ethnic/multi-cultural makeup of the community.
- Maintain compliance with child-care licensing and HHS regulations.
- Monitor and work in conjunction with co–teacher to provide a well-organized classroom.
- Assists in ensuring that all health and developmental screenings are up-to-date and complete.
- Maintain confidentiality of information related to home and school environment.
- Assist in providing volunteer training.
- Assist in training, modeling, and coaching volunteers in the classroom to ensure practices are streamlined among all adults interacting with infants and toddlers.
- Promotes parent-child bonding and nurtures parent-child relationships. Assist in facilitating parent education workshops as assigned.
- Provide, document and report all program activities and interactions as required by contract, licensing, and programmatic goals.
- Implement classroom health, dental, and nutrition performance standards and document in weekly lesson plans.
- Coordinate mealtime service, including interacting with children and accurate CACFP record keeping.
- Provide infants/toddlers with experiences that support their full range of developmental and socio-emotional needs.
- Provide infants/toddlers with experiences and opportunities that allow them to develop curiosity, initiative, problem-solving skills, and creativity, as well as a sense of self and a feeling of belonging to the group.
- Provide activities that foster development of a positive self-image; address physical and mental health needs of children and document in daily lesson plans.
- Observe children on a regular basis for signs of possible disabling conditions and seek the assistance of specialists as needed.
- Attend training on Trauma Smart and implement strategies in the classroom each day. Meet with Trauma Smart coaches on a regular scheduled basis.
- Implement the Social Emotional approach, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)-Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful each day. Plan for, model, and reinforce strategies and interactions each day.
- Initiate and participate in staffings (multidisciplinary team). Implement action steps into the classroom.
- Assist in recruitment activities as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education/child development or a child-related preferred. Associate’s degree in early childhood/child development required.
- Previous professional experience working with infants and toddlers preferred.