EC3 Teachers plan, implement, and evaluate EC3’s child development program for the children in their care. Teachers are responsible to ensure positive, high-quality care and supervision of the children in their care at all times. In addition, the Teachers are responsible for ensuring that all space, equipment, training, supervision, child care rules and routines, and all records and files in their classroom are maintained and conducted in compliance with the Michigan Department of Human Services Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers.
Major job functions also include lesson planning, supervising classroom support staff and volunteers, communicating with parents, and collaborating with coworkers through staff meetings and other activities.
EC3 teachers are supervised by the Program Director and Executive Director. EC3 offers a competitive salary, opportunity for bonus pay, generous benefits, continued training and staff development, engaged and loyal families, low staff turnover, and a fun, collegial work environment.
Qualified candidates should submit a detailed resume, three or more professional references, and a cover letter describing their suitability and desire for the position.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Major tasks required:
- Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the classroom program and child assessment (in collaboration with co-teachers) for a single classroom of children, to meet their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs, based on their individual development. This should be done based on the curriculum standards, teaching methods, and mission of EC3.
- Supervise the support staff and volunteers of this classroom in a manner that is team-based, inclusive, and respectful.
- Operate the classroom in compliance with Michigan’s child care licensing standards and NAEYC’s accreditation standards.
- Ensure the safety of children through constant supervision (by sight and sound), effective arrangement of space, proper maintenance of equipment, and regular practice of emergency drills and procedures.
- Ensure that child care routines are carried out in a manner that is prompt, hygienic, consistent with EC3’s methods and mission, and adhering to research-based child development principles. This includes routines related to diapering/toileting, feeding, napping/resting, hand-washing, tooth-brushing, and transitioning.
- Create and maintain a tidy, pleasant, inviting atmosphere in which children feel comfortable and secure, and parents feel welcome and reassured.
- Ensure that parents receive adequate information about children’s experiences and development at EC3 through daily verbal and written contact, and through regularly scheduled and documented parent conferences.
- Provide positive guidance and responsive caregiving, tending to children when they express need.
- Provide a variety of experiences that promote physical development, creative expression, language development, and relational development.
- Maintain written records designed to evaluate each child, as well as the class as a whole.
- Contribute to EC3’s culture and operations by participating fully in staff meetings, sharing information obtained through outside reading and training, and performing other duties as required.
- Be at least 19 years of age.
- Have a college degree (Associates or higher) in early childhood education, child development, or a child-related field. Have at least three (3) semester hours in infant/toddler development and care practices, with particular focus on early brain development or related research. Have current certification in CPR (infant, pediatric, adult) and first aid.
- Have the ability to pass an initial and intermittent background checks and receive clearance for working with young children
- Have at least three years of lead-teaching experience in a full-day, center-based program.
- Be physically able to sit on the floor and stand for long periods of time, and to move around quickly as needed. Be physically able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds to chest height. Be physically able to climb and function within and around outdoor playground equipment.
- Have a warm, supportive attitude toward children and families of all cultures. Be flexible and willing to adapt to changes in the program. Be willing to accept supervision in order to improve work performance.
- Be committed to lifelong learning.