Assists the Lead Teacher in carrying out the responsibilities and routines of the classroom to promote social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative growth in a developmentally appropriate, safe, and healthy environment.
- Assists in planning and implementing individual and group activities to stimulate growth in language, reading, math, science, social and motor skills as well as emotional development and creative ability.
- Maintains appropriate ratio and supervision by sight at all times with heightened awareness in at risk areas including outdoor/playground activity time and field trips.
- Instructs children in practices of personal cleanliness, self care and responsibility for their belongings and the center’s equipment.
- Respects children at all times, interacts at their eye level, showing a warm, caring, pleasant demeanor.
- Alternates periods of strenuous physical activity with periods of light activity or rest to avoid overstimulation and fatigue.
- Helps children form habits of caring for own clothing, picking up and putting away supplies, toy and books.
- Assists in evaluating children’ progress.
- Serves meals, snacks following all licensing, accreditation and CACFP regulations.
- Assists with set up and clean up of activities, meals and snacks.
- Presents a professional manner through a neat and clean appearance. Follows YMCA dress code.
- Notifies lead teacher or management concerning any need for repairs with building, playgrounds, toys or equipment.
- Ensures an environment of loving acceptance for all children and staff.
- Follows and promotes safety by following licensing and NAEYC regulations and procedures.
- Operates within monthly budget guidelines.
- Maintains positive relations with guardians, families, and other staff. Models relationship-building skills in all interactions.
- Assists in effectively communicating with guardians/families through verbal and written means.
- Assists in monitoring and maintaining accurate records including attendance, absenteeism, transitions, child guidance and incidents for each child in classroom. Maintains confidentiality of all students, families, and staff members.
- Knows the names of guardians, children and uses their names when speaking with them.
- Communicates to lead teacher any concerns or incidents that may need follow-up.
- Maintains Child Care Center licensing requirements set forth by the Indiana Bureau of Family Social Services.
- Maintains Paths to Quality Level 4 standards set forth by IAEYC.
- Maintains standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Continues classroom and professional development that maintains accreditation status.
- Follows NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and YMCA of USA Code of Conduct.
- Is courteous and gives sincere attention to staff by answering questions and troubleshooting issues.
- Knows and administers the appropriate EAP (emergency action plan) for any situation, including first aid or CPR, child injuries or medical issues, and work-related employee injuries, etc.
- Completes incident and accident reports as required.
- Upholds guidelines as outlined in the Employee Handbook of the Association.
- Attends designated meetings, workshops, and trainings.
- Carries out other duties as assigned by the Lead Teacher or administration.
- Values – Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s mission, vision and values.
- Community – Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs.
- Volunteerism – Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them.
- Philanthropy – Supports fund-raising.
- Inclusion – Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
- Relationships – Builds rapport and relates well to others.
- Influence – Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations.
- Communication – Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively.
- Developing Others – Takes initiative to assist in developing others.
- Decision Making – Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another.
- Innovation – new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.
- Project Management – Embraces Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings.
- Finance – Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Quality Results – Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.
- Self Development – Pursues self-development that enhances job performance.
- Change Capacity – Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Emotional Maturity – Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships.
- Functional Expertise – Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
Education and Certifications
- Associates Degree in a child-related field or CDA credential is preferred or working towards these degrees
- Online New Employee Orientation, Child Care Child Abuse Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogens and Communicable Disease within 60 days of hire to be refreshed every year. An additional 20 hours of professional development is required yearly.
- Adult/Infant CPR/AED, First Aid required before employment (counted in ratios) and kept current.
- Three to six months of previous experience in working with children. Experience in licensed and accredited center is preferred.
- Must hold a valid driver’s license, insurable driver’s record according to the YMCA’s insurance carriers, and have reliable transportation to travel for business meetings, training events, YMCA site visits, vendors and suppliers, etc.
- Computer skills needed, particularly with Microsoft Office and email applications, along with ability to learn the internal YMCA software.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time, to talk and hear, to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, to climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, occasional bending, reaching or squatting. The incumbent is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Also required is frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the telephone. Time is spent both indoors and outdoors. The condition of the air is normal/average air conditioned/ventilated. The noise level is normal to loud within an active YMCA program environment. Must have passed a physical examination conducted within the past 12 months prior to beginning work.