Job Title : Lead 4 Year Teacher
Program: Early Childhood Education
Reports to: Program Director
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.
- 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 positive behavior discipline program .
- Teaches children 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.
Requirements and Specifications
- Degree in early childhood field
- 2 yrs+ in childcare field
- CPR/BBP/First Aid Cert.
- Good Planning
- Excellent Team Building
- Superior Communication skills; both Verbal and Written
- Strong stress management skills
- Preparedness, and being on time