Children's Square USA-Children's Center is seeking an energetic, creative professional to join our team as a Licensed Preschool Teacher.
The Preschool Teacher will be responsible for implementing the curriculum by developing daily lesson plans and teaching living skills which in turn develop the emotional, social, intellectual, and physical skills necessary for the successful growth of the child. In addition, the Preschool Teacher may be responsible for providing program supervision as assigned by Children’s Center Director and completing assigned tasks/special projects as requested by a supervisor
Children's Center is a nationally accredited and state licensed child care center. Candidates must be energetic and enthusiastic and have a strong commitment to quality and continual growth.
All staff members must be able to provide for the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the children in our programs. We set forth a positive learning environment so children attain the skills necessary for growth and future success. Full- and ¾-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package. If you have a strong desire to positively influence the lives of young children, then we encourage you to continue with this application.
- Develop and fully implement daily lesson plans which include a well-balance of both indoor and outdoor activities. Lesson plans are to encourage teacher-child interaction, stress child-centered activities that promote the growth of the child and follow the philosophy of the High/Scope curriculum.
- Promote positive communication with parents that is consistent with NAEYC (National Academy for the Education of Young Children) code of ethics and the agency confidentiality policy in order to build, maintain and enhance open parent/teacher discussions regarding each child’s growth while enrolled at the Center.
- Ensure that all steps in the assessment process for individual children are completed and maintained in the identified timeframes: maintenance of individual portfolio’s for all children which include (at the minimum) anecdotal records for all children, examples of past work, past and current development goals and progress in relation to the goals; and completed progress reports. With consultation of the director, support the assessment process by outside disciplines as needed.
- Responsible for assuring the children’s safety through appropriate supervision which includes both the visual observation along with the auditory monitoring of all assigned children at all times both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Complete and submit all necessary paperwork in the established timeframes: daily attendance sheets, daily meal count sheets, records of medications administered, lesson plans, daily sheets, progress reports, documentation of parent/teacher conferences session, maintenance requests, supply and equipment requests and any such paperwork as assigned by a supervisor.
- Communicate to the Supervisor any concerns regarding a child’s educational or health status and ensure that written documentation regarding the concern is submitted to the director for placement into the child’s file. Monitor, evaluate and respond to such concerns.
- Use meal and snack times constructively to teach proper nutrition by role modeling, on a daily basis, good eating habits and good manners while eating with the children and maintaining a family style setting.
- Design and maintain creative learning centers that support the High/Scope curriculum. Ensure learning centers are kept organized, sanitized and labeled and ensure teacher work areas are kept neat and organized. As appropriate, ensure children are involved in this maintenance process as a means to teach environmental responsibility. Supply and equipment needs are communicated to the supervisor as needed. Support a health conscious environment for children, staff and visitors.
- Maintain a positive learning environment that supports the acquisition of problem-solving skills, as developmentally appropriate, by using individual or group occurrences as a means to promote positive decision making on the part of the child(ren) involved.
- Assist with maintaining a financially sound program by being resourceful, controlling waste and communicating daily attendance and ratio changes as they occur. When assuming the role of on-site supervisor, responsible for teacher to classroom assignments as a means to both ensure ratios are met and staff utilization is appropriate based off of number of children in attendance.
- Assist parents when necessary with the transition from home to center and center to home. Identify methods to assist with the transition for individual children based off of individual needs.
- Promote a positive atmosphere that enhances the learning environment for children and a positive and professional team environment.
- Actively promoting a professional work environment by: dressing professionally, yet appropriately for the job, including the wearing of Children’s Center name tag;
- Respecting the need to maintain professional boundaries between customers and staff members
- Utilizing professional phone and face-to-face dialog, ensuring that conversations with customers, outside professionals and co-workers are pertinent to the job, positive and solution orientated and in compliance with agency confidentiality policy
- Demonstrate an understanding and support of the established Code of Ethics for the field of early childhood education as developed by The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.
- Act as both an advocate for young children and for Children’s Center both when on the job and off duty.
- Assist Supervisor with assigned special projects.
- Drives van in order to transport children on field trips or to and from school.
- Completes job related tasks or responsibilities as requested by the Supervisor.
- Actively participates in Children's Center team meetings.
- Complete training required for position.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood endorsement
- Licensed Teacher in the State of Iowa
- Knowledge of basic health care, how to plan and implement activities, an understanding of positive methods of behavior guidance and discipline techniques, current educational trends and management techniques.
- Broad range knowledge of child development.
- Good listening and organizational skills
- Creativity, patience, understanding and the ability to nurture and relate to children.
- Ability to provide affection, security and continuity of care to children.
- Ability to consult on child development and referrals to agencies.
- Ability to communicate verbally and in written form with co workers, children and parents.
- Mature and have the energy and flexibility to meet the changing needs of children.
- A valid driver’s license may be required.
- Ability to interact with clients and children with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences in the service population.