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Assistant Early Childhood Educator (Apache Junction)

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

Assistant Early Childhood Educator (Apache Junction)

We offer competitive wages, great benefits including but not limited to Sick Time, PTO, Health, Dental and Retirement.

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 agencies’ standards.

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 child’s 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 child’s 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 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 individual child.
  • Complete annual continuing education requirements.
  • Be enrolled in ongoing education to better one’s 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be able to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face mask, gown, goggles and gloves, for any amount of time necessary to provide a physical barrier to protect the employee and others.
  • Hold a Child Development Associate (CDA), Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate or Bachelor’s 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.
  • Must be able to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face mask, gown, googles and gloves, for any amount of time necessary to provide a physical barrier to protect the employee and others.
  • Frequently
  • Stoop, bend, walk, reach
  • Get up and down from sitting on the floor
  • Move up and down from 12” – 14” chairs
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Move quickly around objects
  • Step up and down a 17” step
  • Must be able to: run, jump, jog, push and pull 50 pounds of force, carry 50 pounds.

Easterseals Blake Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is understood and agreed that any misrepresentation by me in this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application and/or separation from the Employer's service if I have been employed. I give the Employer the right to investigate all references and to secure additional information about me, if job related. I hereby release from liability the Employer and its representatives for seeking such information, and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information. I hereby consent to and authorize Easterseals Blake Foundation to request, receive and use information as often as necessary as deemed by Easterseals Blake Foundation by consumer reporting agency bearing on my credit standing, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, including, but not limited to, my criminal background or lack of criminal background. I authorize the use by Easterseals Blake Foundation of the original or photocopy of this authorization. The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant's consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. I understand that just as I am free to resign at any time, the Employer reserves the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice. I understand that no representative of the Employer has the authority to make any assurances to the contrary.

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