The position of Assistant Teacher assists in the instruction of preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social-emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. Assistant Teachers are also responsible for assisting the Teacher in the general day-to-day operations of the Head Start classroom.
Assistant Teachers report directly to the Center Director or Head Start Teacher. The Assistant Teacher assists in creating and nurturing strong partnerships with families and ensuring that instruction is consistent with best practice and at the highest level of quality, in compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards.
As a front line representative of Save the Children, Assistant Teachers are required to ensure the safety and security of children and families that they encounter, adhering to the agency’s values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaborations, Creativity and Integrity.
As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with children on a routine basis, you are expected to prevent child abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness, good practice and training, to minimize risk to children. You must take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of concern and report and respond to any instance of child abuse and promote training and awareness around all child-safeguarding obligations.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Engage with children during all activities throughout the day; provide constant supervision of children during all learning activities indoors and outdoors and ensure safe environment.
- Assist in planning and conducting activities with Head Start Teacher to meet individual needs of children in accordance with the daily schedule.
- Guide and facilitate activities with Head Start Teacher including classroom projects and field trips.
- Maintain classroom management using developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Provide a safe and developmentally-appropriate learning environment; interact with children one-on-one and in small groups.
- Protect the safety of children by implementing active supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or unsupervised at any time
- Serve as a liaison between staff and parents; partner with parents in the education of their children including encouraging classroom involvement and home activities.
- Participate in parent-teacher conferences to discuss children’s individual development and progress.
- Eat with and assist children with eating at mealtime to teach social and self-help skills and sound nutritional practices.
- Assist children in health and personal habits, such as resting, brushing teeth and toilet habits.
- Assist the Head Start Teacher in record keeping; conduct and document observations, assessments and screenings.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding children.
- Participate in staff meetings, committees and training sessions.
- Assist in the mobilization and documentation of matching-in-kind activities, goods and services.
- Work may require the flexibility to stay until all children have left the program.
- In cooperation with supervisor, develop and document progress on professional development plan.
- Will be required to take lead in absence of teacher.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- At a minimum, a Child Development Associate (CDA) or credential of a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, or be enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire.
- Knowledge of the purpose of the Head Start/Early Head Start program.
- Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills; ability to follow directions and take initiative.
- Ability to work collaboratively with Head Start Teacher, other staff, parents and community partners in the provision of high-quality services to children and families.
- Ability to relate sensitively with children and to work well with staff, parents and families.
- Ability to keep all information on families strictly confidential.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office products and on-line client management systems.
- Must participate in professional development training including basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification as required by state licensing and HSPPS.
- Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages used by children and families).
- An Associate’s degree in child development or early childhood or related field** is preferred.
Preferred : Associates or better in Early Childhood Education or related field.