Early Childhood Educator in Nature Based Program
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Deadline to Apply:
Monday, October 12, 2020, 9:00am
First Roots: Underhill and Hinesburg are two new infant/toddler centers operating under the umbrella of the Annette's Preschool family. Annette’s Preschool is a 5 STAR early care and education program that views each child as an individual with a unique developmental profile. Through play based, hands on outdoor experiences appropriate to each child's developmental level, Annette’s serves families with children age six weeks to eight years.
The mission of Annette’s Preschool is to achieve the highest level of professional development for staff, build a community where families feel connected to one another and to their community, and to cultivate sustainable environmental choices and business practices to create a healthy environment for the children and teachers who care for them.
The Infant Teacher is responsible for the care, supervision and management of a class of Infants (6 weeks-12 months age) in accord with the goals and curriculum plan of Annette's Preschool. This position is in a dedicated infant nursery with another Infant co-teacher. The principal duties of the Infant Teacher include: conduct focused observations of children, develop curriculum which aligns with each child's developmental level and the VELS. ensure the safety and well-being of the children, maintain daily personal communication with parents, and contribute to the effective operation of the overall program. The Infant Teacher reports to the Center Director.
The mission of Annette’s Preschool is to understand each child’s unique developmental profile. Using inquiry based, developmentally responsive programming, we work to Achieve the highest level of professional development for our teaching staff, Build a community where families feel connected to one another and to the wider community, and to Cultivate sustainable environmental choices and business practices to create a healthy environment for the children and teachers who care for them.
The Infant/Toddler Co-Teacher is responsible for the care, supervision and management of a class of children (age 6 weeks – 14 mos) in accord with the goals of Annette's Preschool. The Co-teacher is responsible for creating a warm and nurturing relationship with each child and family and nurturing learning in the out of doors! Using observation and assessment tools, the Co-Teacher documents each child’s growth and learning in relation to his or her developmental level and Vermont Early Learning Standards to design an age-appropriate curriculum that supports communication, social skills, and autonomy through exploration and play. The Co-Teacher reports to the Center Director.
Achieving highest quality of professional development
Work skills, Knowledge, Personal development:
- Plan and implement an effective child development program to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of each child based on the goals and general curriculum plan of Annette's Preschool.
- Ensure that child care routines are carried out in a manner that is prompt, hygienic, and consistent with good child development principles. • Ensure the safety of children through constant supervision, effective arrangement of space, proper maintenance of equipment, and regular practice of fire drills and other emergency procedures.
- Operate the classroom in compliance with all child care licensing standards, and Annette’s Preschool Employee and Policy Handbooks. • Provide experiences that promote individual expression through conversation, play and creativity through emergent and play based curriculum.
- Conduct observations and assessments using current tools/methodology to gather information on each child’s development and maintain written records designed to evaluate each individual child.
Teamwork, Empathy, Communication:
- Create an open, friendly, and cooperative atmosphere in which children, families, and co-workers feel comfortable and secure.
- Ensure that parents receive adequate information about their child's experiences at the center through daily contacts and regularly scheduled parent conferences.
- Promote and nurture parent-child bonding and relationships.
- Be a positive ambassador for the program by pa Building a Community Participating in community events and sharing community resources with parents.
- Promote independence and responsibility for all by guiding behavior with positive behavior management techniques.
- Work collaboratively with peers to maintain a positive and open work climate for all.
Cultivating healthy environmental choices and sustainable business practices
Initiative/Efficiency, Work Quality, Ethics:
- Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs. Document and report these signs immediately to the Director.
- Use equipment and supplies safely and conscientiously, keeping physical environment clean and orderly. • Maintain confidentiality of child, staff and family information at all times.
- Inspect the school site and equipment for potential safety hazards; taking corrective action or informing the Director to prevent injuries.
- Monitor use of supplies and have an awareness of the classroom budget.
- Participate in center sponsored activities and have active involvement in the growth of the center (i.e. committee work and program promotion).
- Maintain ECO-Friendly Certification Standards.
Education and Experience:
- A college degree in child development or early education and at least one year of experience teaching in a part-day or full-day program for infants and toddlers; or
- A college degree in an appropriate human service or education field (e.g. psychology, special education, music, social work) including some courses in child development, and at least two years teaching in a part-day or full-day program for infants and toddlers; or
- An associate degree in child development or early childhood education and at least two years of experience teaching in a part-day or full-day program for infants and toddlers; or
- A child development associate credential and at least three years of experience teaching in a part-day or full-day program for infants and toddlers.
- First Aid and CPR certification
Required Skills and Abilities:
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Be knowledgeable of developmental milestones in young children. • Must be physically able to perform the job of a teacher of young children (i.e. able to lift up to 35 lbs., sit on floor with children, kneel on floor).
- Have the ability to work independently and cooperatively with other staff members.
- Knowledge emergent curriculum, nature based learning and the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS).
- Must be able to exhibit professionalism at all times with children, peers, parents, and supervisors.
General Pay and Contract Provisions:
- 40 hour work week M-F with scheduled hours between 7:30AM and 5:30PM.
- Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience.
- Generous compensation package including health benefits, a 4 day work week when possible and short term subsidized housing for the successful out of state candidate to relocate.
Position Start Date:
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
How to Apply:
You can contact Ella Downey at Ella@firstrootsvt.com if you are interested in applying.
$33,000.00 - $38,000.00 per year