Full Job Description for: Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher
How to Apply: Send resume, with letter of interest to:
c/o Educare West DuPage
851 Pearl Road
West Chicago, Illinois 60185 OR
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.
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Educare West DuPage is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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0-3 INFANT/TODDLER LEAD TEACHER – EDUCARE WEST DUPAGE
Exemption Status: Full Time, Exempt - Salaried
Educare West DuPage puts into practice the latest science, research, and evidenced-based strategies to help vulnerable infants, toddlers and preschoolers build the skills they need to arrive at kindergarten safe, healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school.
Educare of West DuPage is driven to inspire children to fall in love with learning, exploring and problem-solving. We expect staff to put their early learning knowledge to work nurturing and engaging our infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and to get parents involved in their child’s education.
Under the direction of the School Director, the 0-3 Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher will develop and implement individual educational plans for children, which supports their development socially, intellectually, linguistically, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development. The Lead Teacher will be held responsible for implementing all programming requirements in adherence to all performance and outcomes standards as prescribed by the multiple funding and model requirements.
RESPONSIBLE TO: School Director and Master Teacher
SUPERVISOR TO: Teacher Assistant, Teacher Aide and Volunteers
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education, child development or a related field with a minimum of (18) semester hours in courses specifically in the care and education of children 0-5 years old.
- Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Infant and Toddler development and care (or comparable child development programs), early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;
- Bilingual English/Spanish preferred, but not required;
- Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, a dose of the Tdap vaccine and 2 does of the MMR vaccine or is immune to MMR and comply with other background checks as required by the organization and/or Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) licensing;
- Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities; and
- Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education and care of their children.
- Have the child development course credit to function as an “on-site” Director by the DCFS Licensing regulations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Participate in training to build an understanding of the Educare Model of early learning programming;
- Adopt a Primary Caregiver structure to ensure a continuity of care system is in place for all children;
- Implement Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Two’s framework in the classroom;
- Perform the functions of this position with a strong understanding of Developmentally Appropriate Practices;
- Plan and implement learning experiences that promote all developmental areas, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their language acquisition and vocabulary through a balanced, dual language approach that supports both Spanish and English language acquisition;
- Guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, walking field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom;
- Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children and their development;
- Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including observations in each area, and developmental assessment completed three times a year;
- Conduct home visits at least twice a year and two parent conferences to discuss the child's individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
- Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
- Meet bi-weekly with director to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities;
- Guide children's acquisition of social skills;
- Attend staff training and meetings, and parent meetings as requested;
- Work with the Teacher Assistant, Teacher Aide, and volunteers to use and develop their skills and abilities in planning and carrying out classroom activities;
- Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assure that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored;
- Use the playground as an extension of the classroom; assures that the playground is safe;
- Conduct the daily health and environment check list;
- Assist in implementing an I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
- Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed;
- Complete and submit required forms and records in a timely and accurate fashion, e.g., lesson plans, portfolio forms, assessment, time sheets, meal reports etc.;
- Actively assists in transition activities;
- Complete and distribute Daily Care Reports, newsletters, flyers, and any other information to families as instructed by the Executive Director;
- Facilitate reflective supervision, as both a participant and through utilization in managing teaching staff;
- Actively participate in the development and implementation of a personal Professional Development Plan;
- Assure that files are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained; and
- Perform other duties, as may be required.
- Engage in active supervision of children which requires focused attention and intentional observation of children at all times. Teachers position themselves so that they can observe all of the children: watching, counting, and listening at all times. They also use their knowledge of each child's development and abilities to anticipate what he/she will do, then get involved and redirect them when necessary. This constant vigilance helps children learn safely.
- Successful experience working in a team setting;
- Ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with a Teacher Assistant, assisting her/him in increasing professional knowledge and skills;
- Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
- Ability to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities;
- Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if need;
- Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder;
- Must be able to lift 55 pounds;
- Must be able to travel;
- Must be able enter and exit a vehicle without assistance, and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions; and
- Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff and clients.