Child Care Assistant Director/Teacher

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-767681
    • Job Location: Hopkins, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: April 13, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Position Overview:

The Blake School Child Care is a Reggio-inspired, licensed child care which serves up to 10 children aged three months to four years of Blake employees. The Assistant Director/Teacher will work collaboratively with other staff to design and teach curriculum, and prepare the environment to meet the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of the children in a cozy, nurturing, responsive setting. Respect for children manifested in keen observation and attentive listening is the cornerstone of the program.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director to develop and implement a progressive Reggio-inspired emergent curriculum based on the Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (MNECIPS) and designed for children ages three months to four years old

  • Supervise and ensure the health and safety of the children at all times.

  • Monitor and support the physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being of the children

  • Use effective research-based strategies to support the children’s behavior management skill development.

  • Use observation, anecdotal record keeping, and documentation to assess the children’s growth and understanding

  • Design and modify curriculum in response to the children’s interests and needs

  • Support each child’s individual needs, interests, and growth as well as the collaborative, creative process of the group experience

  • Use a broad range of materials in designing the children’s learning experiences

  • Create and maintain an organized, aesthetically pleasing environment

  • Maintain vigilant attention to and resolve any safety concerns that arise from the facility or the children

  • Communicate effectively and frequently with families

  • Keep current with best practices in early childhood education

  • Meet yearly child care education and certification licensing requirements

  • Share the responsibility to clean and sanitize materials and surfaces daily

Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Respect for children and their potential

  • Understanding of children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical developmental stages

  • Associate’s degree with significant experience or bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in child development or early childhood education

  • Experience working with children aged three months to four years in a childcare setting

  • Effective management skills

  • Ability to work with children, parents and colleagues from diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences along with a commitment to equity and pluralism

  • Evolving knowledge and ability to increase children’s knowledge, awareness, and respect for the similarities and differences between one’s self and others

  • Passion for on-going learning and professional growth

  • Collaborative working style

  • Flexibility, confidence, and the ability to contribute to a positive work environment

  • Creative, joyful approach to learning and teaching

  • Experience with progressive, constructivist early childhood models

  • Proven ability to effectively monitor and adjust ever-changing priorities in order to meet children’s needs

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Working Conditions:

Work environment will be active, loud and messy throughout the day. Part of each day will also be spent outside.

Essential Physical Requirements:

Position involves much lifting, bending, squatting, reaching and pushing. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to get up from and down to the floor numerous times throughout the day. Will need to be able to react quickly to certain situations.