Assistant Teacher

Community Action Council of Howard County
Columbia, MD 4 weeks ago

Community Action Council of Howard County

Columbia, MD

Before and Aftercare Assistant Teacher

$14-$15 / HOUR
Signing Bonus of $500


Under the supervision of the Assistant Center Manager, this position assists in providing the students with a learning and recreational environment on sound developmentally appropriate practices, adheres to health, safety, and nutritional procedures, and encourages inclusive parent and volunteer involvement.

Essential Functions:

Developmentally Appropriate Practice:

• Responsible for the implementation of a daily program which provides quality teacher and child-initiated activities in both large and small group, indoor and outdoor play, and timely and predictable transitions.

• Responsible for the classroom management and instruction of the students during the hours of before and aftercare programming.

• Completes Daily Attendance record at the beginning of each day and maintaining accurate attendance at ALL TIMES, by updating as children arrive and leave.

• Contacts parents of absent child on first day of absence with a referral regarding additional assistance if contact is not made by day two of the absence. • Provides opportunities for creative self-expression through the use of art, music, movement, and dramatic play.

• Supports the social and emotional development of each child by building trust, fostering independence, encouraging self-confidence, and supporting positive adult and peer relationships.

• Encourages positive guidance by setting clear, consistent limits, and having realistic expectations. • Supports the home language, culture, and family composition of each child through the creation of a cultural and linguistically appropriate classroom. • Responsible for setting up, taking down equipment and cleaning play areas.

• Makes timely requisitions for health, safety, and classroom supplies.

Health, Safety, and Nutritional Procedure

• Practices and models the Agency’s sanitation and hygiene procedures which include but are not limited to: hand washing, the cleaning and disinfecting of toys and furniture, and providing children with space to place personal belongings.

• Complies with the Agency’s policies regarding blood borne pathogens to adequately protect children and staff.

• Follows the Agency’s approved policies regarding temporary health exclusion and physician notification of diagnosis.

• Practices the Agency’s approved policies regarding medication administration and storage.

• Models sound dental hygienic practices by providing daily opportunities for children to brush their teeth in a hygienic and supervised environment.

  • Provides an indoor and outdoor environment that is supervised in accordance with Child Care Administration standards and is free of environmental and physical hazards.
  • Complies with the Agency’s approved Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting policy.
  • Responds to emergency situations by implementing the Agency’s outlined procedures.
  • Implements the Agency’s approved Food Policy.
  • Assists in the nutritional aspects of the program by assisting children with “family style” meals, sitting with children during designated meal times, and appropriately scheduling meals into the daily schedule.
  • Serves all food that is on the planned menu in accordance with the Agency and Maryland State Department of Education nutritional guidelines.
  • Serves Agency purchased food replacements for children with specific and physician documented dietary needs. Parent and Volunteer Involvement:
  • Invites parents to become an integral part of the program.
  • Assists parents with transitioning their child from one Early Childhood Education classroom or from the Head Start to kindergarten.
  • Communicates in a professional and respectful manner with parents and guardians.
  • Job RequirementsGeneral Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates a positive role model for others by maintaining the highest level of professional and ethical behavior throughout interactions with both internal and external customers.
  • Attends work regularly per assigned work schedule and in accordance with Agency policy.
  • Attends and participates with in-service training, staff meetings and other activities to facilitate professional development which includes but not limited all required core of knowledge workshops and/or educational courses, and professional activity units to meet the Maryland Office of Child Care requirements for the Maryland Child Care Credential of level 3 or higher.
  • Complies with all Early Childhood Education Performance Standards and Maryland State Department of Education Accreditation Standards.
  • Works cooperatively with others including all staff, supervisors, administrators, co-workers, community professionals, clients, vendors and the public.
  • Follows instructions and abides by Agency policies and procedures.
  • Assumes other duties, responsibilities and special projects as assigned.
  • Uses technology for the completion of specified job duties.
  • Secondary Functions:
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with Agency volunteers maximizing the volunteers’ experience while meeting the needs of the programs.