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Teacher Assistant (Early Childhood Educator)

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Apache Junction, AZ

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Assists Lead Teacher/Early Childhood Educator in implementing appropriate curriculum in a classroom setting for toddlers and preschool- aged children. Assists in developing partnership relationships with families to meet the needs of the child. Maintains current and timely documentation of work in compliance with Center and other regulatory agenciesí standards.

REPORTS TO: Center Director or Associate Director†

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Complete the Blake Foundation & Children's Achievement Center's new employee requirements for employment, including orientation and training requirements, reporting suspected child abuse and health requirements as specified by the Office of Child Care Licensure.†
  • Assist teacher(s) in maintaining a home-like classroom environment that enhances learning based on the developmental needs of the group and individual needs of the children.
  • Carry out curriculum developed by teachers which is reflective of the age and experience of the children. This includes awareness of all areas of development of including physical, social, language and cognitive skills.
  • Adapt curriculum and interactions to meet the needs, strengths and interests of the individual children in the classroom.
  • Implement the Individual Family Service Plan or Individual Educational Plan for children with special needs.
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies to encourage learning, following the individual childís lead and preferred modality for learning.
  • Foster interaction and cooperation among children. Encourage children to lead their own small group activities.
  • Facilitate a sense of responsibility of self-regulation in children, intervening only as needed in settling disputes or differences.
  • Establish partnerships with parents and families in order to achieve shared goals for children.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director, colleagues and community organizations in best serving the childís needs.
  • Adapt themselves to working collaboratively as a team with other teaching staff in the room.
  • Share information with colleagues which will allow for continuity of care throughout the childís day.
  • Work with teaching team to implement program curriculum, following policies, procedures and practices that result in positive outcomes for children and families.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities by enrolling in higher education programs, conferences and trainings.
  • Attend planning, informational and quality assurance meetings.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality concerning children and families.
  • Maintain required documentation and reporting on each individual child.
  • Complete annual continuing education requirements.
  • Be enrolled in ongoing education to better oneís skills, obtain certification or obtain higher degrees in early childhood education.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development.
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate and best educational practices supported by research and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Knowledge of methods to include children with developmental challenges.
  • Ability to be self-directed at times and at other times to take direction from the Lead teacher in the room.
  • Ability to use principles of reflective practice with children, families, and colleagues.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to use technology as a tool for record-keeping, documentation and investigation.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Hold a Child Development Associate (CDA), Associate or Bachelorís degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate or Bachelorís degree in related field with 12 higher education credits in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Special Education or Child Development that meets CDA coursework requirements.
  • Pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment.

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