Job Title : Lead 3 Year Teacher

Program: Early Childhood Education

Reports to: Program Director

Position Summary:

The Early Education Lead Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, which may include toddlers and/or preschool age children; develops Partnerships with birth parents/child’s caregivers, to engage and encourage parent participation in the program. Lead Teacher is also responsible for ensuring compliance with state and local governing contracting agencies; and works cooperatively with other staff members of Academic Gardens.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Develops, plans, and implements weekly lessons that are age-appropriate to our curriculum to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development in their care.
  • Provides a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects the children’s learning and growth.
  • Perform ongoing developmental evaluations of children as required by curriculum and employee standards, and develop lesson plans that follow the curriculum implementation that addresses the individual needs of each child.
  • On an on-going basis, plan, evaluate and improve the physical environment in the classroom to create opportunities to meet the changing needs of the developing child.
  • Provide responsive care to all children by adapting daily and care-giving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and the group as a whole.
  • Prepare developmental progress reports twice a year.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the children’s background by incorporating cultural, linguistic and family values and beliefs into the Child Care Program and lessons.
  • Completes child transition and orientation of the classroom with parents.
  • Maintain ongoing, open communications with parents and caregivers.
  • Provides a classroom environment that encourages parents participation.
  • Ensures that each family receives an opportunity to build strong relationships and experience clear communication with teaching staff.
  • Plan parent-teacher conferences twice a year to discuss children’s developmental progress, needs and interests.
  • Liaison with children’s families to ensure smooth transitions from home to childcare setting and transitions from classroom to classroom when needed.
  • Assist families with children’s transitions from toddler classroom to preschool classroom and from preschool classroom to kindergarten.
  • Maintain accurate, complete and timely client and agency records.
  • Completes daily meal and attendance records.
  • Reads books, completes calendar time, and follows daily schedule, and yearly curriculum.
  • In charge of classroom positiveĀ  behavior discipline program .
  • Teaches childrenĀ  how to put clothes on and remove clothes, along with shoes and teaches children proper hygiene.
  • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development such as games, arts, and crafts music, storytelling and field trips.
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and imaginary play .
  • Demonstrates learning activities to children.
  • Labels and organizes learning materials, classroom, and other areas in which children are in.

Skills and Specifications

  • compassion
  • creativity
  • alertness
  • good planning
  • flexibility
  • excellent team building
  • Superior communication skills both verbal and written
  • patience
  • consistency
  • Strong stress management skills
  • Preparedness, and being on time
  • Degree in early childhood field
  • 1 or 2 yrs+ in childcare field