Assist in the daily functions the classroom as directed by the lead teacher/group supervisor through the principals of the primary care giving system while meeting licensing regulations and STARS standards.
- Upholds policies, standards, and regulations to ensure consistent operations.
- Maintains daily operations of the classroom in the absence of the lead teacher/group supervisor.
- Maintains a primary care giving system through routine tasks of interacting, feeding, diapering/toileting and documentation.
- Ensures per diem staff follow all policies, STARS standards, DPW regulations & individual classroom expectations in the absence of lead teacher/group supervisor.
- Assist the Lead Teacher/Group Supervisor in the care of the children through the co-ordination and participation of age appropriate lesson plans for the children in the assigned primary group as set forth by the requirements of STARS.
- Writes and maintains objective child observations across all developmental domains on a weekly basis for the children in the assigned primary group.
- Maintains an up-to-date portfolio for each child in the assigned primary group by including observations, assessments, classrooms photos documenting experiences and child's art work.
- Plans individualized activities based on child observations, PA Early Learning Standards and on-going assessments for the child in the assigned primary group.
- Submits lesson plans to lead teacher/group supervisor by 8:00AM Friday for the upcoming week.
- Documents adaptations for IFSP/IEPs on the plans for the children in the assigned primary group.
- Completes and submits on-going assessments for the children in the assigned primary group according to the requirements set forth by STARS and the assessment agency.
- Assists in providing a child friendly learning environment that promotes child development in all domains.
- Directs learning and personal care routines while respecting and observing the child's interests and cues.
- Participates in planned daily outside activities - weather permitting.
- Assists in storing learning materials in labeled open bins to promote accessibility.
- Maintains clean work areas by the elimination of clutter on counter tops, shelving, and refrigerator.
- Assists in rotating learning materials, photos, and art work to maintain interest on a monthly basis or more frequently as needed by the group.
- Maintains a commitment to professionalism.
- Understands and promotes the mission and vision of Saint Vincent Child Care.
- Completes training hours as required by STARS.
- Maintains an up-to-date Professional Development Record as mandated by STARS.
- Completes 2 professional development activities on an annual basis as required by STARS.
- Follows Saint Vincent Health System policies including but not limited to: attendance, punctuality, dress code and cell phone usage.
- Attends 6 staff meetings per calendar year.
- Communicates effectively with children, parents, co-workers and administration.
- Frequently interacts with children at eye level using a friendly and courteous tone.
- Completes daily charts for infants/toddlers including an individualized positive note regarding an activity the child participated in for each child in the assigned primary group.
- Serves as a team player to ensure effective communication and cooperation among parents, coworkers and administration.
- Maintains discipline in a positive manner utilizing redirection more often than time-out. Time out is not permitted for children under 2 years of age.
- Completes and shares a family summary report showing strengths and areas of improvement for each child in the assigned primary group.
- Provides a safe and healthy learning environment.
- Cleans and sanitizes surfaces including: tables, diapering/toileting areas, toys and shelving after meals, messy activities or signs of illness .
- Correctly follows diaper changing procedure as mandated by Stars 75% of the time.
- Maintains safety latches on all cupboards containing hazardous substances as well as other items that may cause injury to children.
- Prepares and serves meals and refreshments according to Child and Adult Food Program guidelines while encouraging independence.
- Follows hand washing protocol for self and the children; before and after meals, upon entry to a classroom, after messy projects and when in contact with bodily fluids 75% of the time.
- Assists with cleaning duties both inside and outside the classroom including the hallway, staff bathroom and playground.
- Follows safe sleep practices for children under the age of 1 year.
- Completes and submits documentation of all injuries and illnesses as mandated by STARS.
- Transitions children to and from classroom settings.
- Transitions completed portfolio to another classroom/educational setting within one week of admission.
- Assists in the transitions of children by arranging child visits to the new classroom on a regular basis with increasing time during the transition period.
- Displays a mechanism to welcome the new child/family to the classroom.
- Welcomes the new family by answering any questions the family may have.
- Updates classroom postings with new child information regarding schedules for eating and napping as well as allergies and other medical needs.
- Assists in the labeling of cubbies/mailboxes prior to first day of care in new classroom.
- Completes and obtains parental signature on the objective observation tool within 45 days of program entry.
- Assists parents at drop off and pick up times ensuring a smooth transition from home to care and care to home.
- Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and 2 years documented experience with children other than own.
- Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Background Clearance
- Microsoft Office 2002, Microsoft Windows XP
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