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Early Childhood Teacher

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Tucson, AZ

POSITION:

Early Childhood Educator

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum in a classroom setting for toddlers or preschool-aged children. Develops partnership relationships with family members to better meet the needs of the child. Maintains current and timely documentation of work in compliance with Center and other regulatory agencies’ standards.

REPORTS TO: Children’s Achievement Center Director

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Complete the Blake Foundation & Children’s Achievement Center’s new employee requirements for employment: orientation and training requirements, reporting suspected child abuse, and health requirements as specified by the Office of Child Care Licensure.
  • Design and maintain a home-like classroom environment to enhance culturally sensitive learning based on the developmental needs of the children.
  • Develop curriculum considering the age and experience of the children, reflecting all areas of development including physical, emotional, social, language and cognitive skills.
  • Adapt the curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of the individual child’s strengths, needs and interests.
  • 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 child’s lead and preferred modality for learning.
  • Facilitate each child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning by engaging in collaborative inquiry with them.
  • Foster interaction and cooperation among the children. Encourage children to lead their own small group activities.
  • Facilitate a sense of responsibility and self-regulation in children, intervening only when necessary 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 child’s needs.
  • Provide instruction and supervision for teaching assistants.
  • Share information with colleagues which facilitates continuity of care throughout the child’s 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 child.
  • Complete annual continuing educational requirements as specified by Office of Child Care Licensure.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development.
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate care 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 differing levels of developmental abilities.
  • Ability to be self-directed when necessary, yet flexible when needs of the children change.
  • Ability to use principles of reflective practice with children, families and colleagues.
  • Ability to develop reciprocal, mutually respectful relationships with children, family members and colleagues.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative member of a team.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to use technology as a tool for record-keeping, documentation and investigation.

EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood or related field.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in unrelated field plus 18 credit hours in early childhood education (may be completed within 18 months of hire); 6 months prior experience.
  • Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood with an expectation of finishing BA within 2 years; 1 year classroom experience
  • 45 College credit hours toward a degree in early childhood education with an expectation of finishing AA within 1 year and BA within 3 years; 2 years classroom experience.
  • Must pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment.

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