Teacher Assistant

Website Full Heart Child Care

Full Heart Child Care is a top-ranked, private childcare center with passionate teachers who have a big heart. If you enjoy a supportive, team-centered environment, then you would love a position at Full Heart! The position of Teacher Assistant includes fostering an environment to promote the physical, mental, social, and academic wellbeing of children at Full Heart Child Care. Teacher Assistants will provide quality care in balance with social and intellectual experiences. With appropriate guidance, children will grow both psychologically and socially in the care of Lead Teachers and Teacher Assistants.

*For all duties and functions, reasonable accommodation may be made for individuals with disabilities.

Classroom Expectations:

An Infant Teacher Assistant is someone who:

  • Has a basic understanding of an infant
  • Is attentive to the needs of an infant
  • Asks questions to learn more and understand more about the basics of infant development
  • Can take directions as well as delegate work tasks
  • Is proactive, not reactive

A Toddler Teacher Assistant is someone who:

  • Has a basic understanding of potty training
  • Has a basic understanding of the stages of diapering
  • Has a basic understanding of age appropriate activities for a child ages 18 months to 3 years
  • Has a basic understanding of mealtime procedures for toddlers

An Early Preschool Teacher Assistant is someone who:

  • Has a basic understanding of how to potty train
  • Has a basic understanding of how to properly diaper
  • Has a basic understanding of how to effectively communicate with a 2 ½ – 3 year old
  • Has a basic understanding of the development of a 2 ½ – 3 year old

A Preschool Teacher Assistant is someone who:

  • Has a strong attention span
  • Is willing to read, play, and write with the children
  • Is able to be flexible and adapt to a 3-4 year old’s mind
  • Is willing to take direction
  • Is able to work alongside/guide the children as they work through the developmental milestones of a 3-4 year old

A PreK Teacher Assistant is someone who:

  • Has a general understanding of the development of a 4–5 year old
  • Is patient in times of chaos, as well as redirects children when in conflict
  • Is familiar with the PreK developmental milestones
  • Knows the boundaries of a 4-5 year old
  • Has a basic competence of what kindergarten readiness is

Essential Duties and Functions

Day to Day Caretaker:

  • Create a safe and welcoming environment for children in care
  • Feed children healthy, approved food from a designated, parent-approved menu
  • Change children’s diapers at least every two hours or more often as needed. Take potty-trained children to the restroom on an as-needed basis. Apply diaper cream as needed
  • Use the Brightwheel app to record all meals, toileting/diapering, and naps
  • Use the Brightwheel app to take at least one picture of each child for parent viewing
  • Comfort children who are struggling with any aspect of their self-regulation ability (feeling sad, angry, hurt, etc.)
  • Report any injuries to the director immediately and provide care according to your ability
  • Assist children in falling asleep- this may mean rubbing backs, rocking, etc.
  • Provide individualized care for each child, but especially infants. Infants should be fed according to a schedule provided by parents and sleep according to a schedule provided by parents.

Education/Behavior Management:

  • Assist lead teacher in planning age-appropriate lesson plans for classroom in the areas of art, sensory, science, math, and literacy
  • Help to create an environment that fosters learning through play by having activities available to children all day, every day
  • Incorporate process-based art in the classroom and have open ended art available
  • Always have a sensory-play option available for children (water, rice, dirt, etc.)
  • Use appropriate, positive behavior management techniques for children in care
  • Help to decorate room and create spaces/boards that represent the themes of curriculum
  • Refrain from negative discipline, yelling, or any type of corporal punishment. This is a zero-tolerance policy and failing to comply will result in immediate termination.
  • Collaborate with other teachers in the room to determine correct form of behavior management

Training/Compliance:

  • Follow procedures and guidelines for any regulation-based portion of the day (diapering, sunscreen, behavior management, etc.)
  • Maintain required training hours (on and off-site)
  • Seek out additional training in areas of interest/need
  • Maintain ratios at all times- this means you may not leave the classroom without another staff member stepping in
  • Refrain from using your cell phone in classrooms

Requirements:

Essential qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1+ years’ experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age
  • Must pass background checks
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Ability to solve problems and act quickly in a crisis
  • Additional Competencies:Must be able to multi-task and work in a high-stress, loud environment
  • Must have strong decision-making skills
  • Must pay attention to detail and reflection
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must maintain a professional appearance and attitude
  • Must be willing to be flexible and adaptable

Physical Requirements:

  • The demands of this job require the candidate to sit, stand, walk, bend, jump, reach, and lift equipment and children up to 50 pounds.
  • This position often requires the candidate to be outdoors, to drive, to crawl, stoop, balance, walk up and down stairs, and run.
  • This job description is an overview of the tasks that are required. It is not a complete list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. At any time, management may add to, take away, or change the functions of the position.

To apply for this job please visit jobboard.rochesterworks.org.

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