To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Associate’s Degree (or equivalent from an accredited college) in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or other related Early Childhood degree preferred.
Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or equivalent required.
High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) required.
Training (or equivalent coursework) in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development needed.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Certification in Infant Studies, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education or other Early Childhood Education specializations is preferred.
Must possess the ability to read, analyze and interpret curriculum, professional journals, documents, technical procedures, safety rules, operating maintenance instructions and or governmental regulations. Must be able to prepare written and typed correspondence. Must have the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the parents, community leaders, funding sources, association managers, clients and the general public. Regularly communicates with children, co-workers, and management.
Must possess the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in tall units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Must possess the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, schedule or diagram form. Must have the ability to solve practical problems involving a variety of concrete variables in standardized situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and taste or smell. Employees will regularly operate a telephone, fax machine, and a computer.
The employee is primarily responsible for caring for the welfare of the infants/toddlers in his/her classroom. The employee is responsible for lifting, carrying and holding children each day. Staff must also be able to lower a child into the crib when the child is sleeping. CDC Growth Charts indicate boys/girls, birth – 36 months can weigh up to 40 pounds. As a result, staff must be able to regularly lift, hold, carry, and lower an infant up to 40 pounds. In evacuation situations, staff must also be able to push a crib (on wheels) holding up to 4 children. Staff will also need to assist walking and crawling infants as needed.
Staff will occasionally need to rearrange classroom furniture, equipment, and objects in order to prepare the classroom for the children and to ensure safety for the children. Staff will use proper lifting techniques and tools (dollys/carts) to move furniture, equipment, etc. Staff should ask for assistance when moving furniture, equipment, or other heavy objects. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.
In rare occasions where coverage cannot be maintained, management may direct a staff member in the Early Head Start program to cover a Head Start classroom. In those instances, the Early Head Start Staff will need to be able to meet the physical demands as outlined in the Head Start job descriptions.
Pillars works with a cleaning agency to maintain standards of cleanliness at the Child & Family Development Center. If a situation prevented the cleaning company from picking up trash during the week (extenuating circumstances) staff may be asked to push the garbage can (on wheels) to the dumpster in order to free the classroom of excess trash and to maintain a clean learning environment.
While performing the duties of a teacher, the employee is regularly participating in vigorous activities with physically active young children and/or youth, both indoors and outdoors. At times, the work environment may include inclement weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can occasionally be noisy (i.e., crying infants and toddlers, and/or busy toddlers). The noise level in the building can also vary depending on activities.