Position: Full time
Deadline: January 25, 2021
Certificate Number: C07PU0027/ Job Order: A-05-21/ 1 position
Responsibilities / Purpose of Position: In the absence of a teacher, the floater will cover for other employees who are on TEACH release time, breaks, or engaged in planning time. Assists with daily activities of the classroom under the supervision of an experienced, full-time teacher (if present). In the absence of an experienced teacher, the floater will assist under the supervision of the assigned, experienced staff member who is responsible for ensuring all safety and educational requirements meet the needs of children and families. The floater may also act as the Third Teacher to provide children with developmentally appropriate activities, safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children with challenging behavior/moderate to severe disabilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist the full time teacher or other experienced staff member in delivering developmentally appropriate early childhood activities. For example, set up activities and materials, and provide appropriate interaction and guidance with children during the time of care.
- Assist the full time teacher or other experienced staff members ensure the health, safety and educational needs of children and follow classroom policies and procedures. For example, assist children with tooth brushing, hand washing and toileting; move around the classroom to engage with children and provide supervision at all times; model good eating habits; ensure that any child’s specific medical and nutritional instructions are followed; and count children as they enter and leave classroom to/from playground.
- Assist in the planning and supervision of children’s activities that meet their emotional, cognitive, social and physical needs. For example, help children solve problems by getting down on their eye level, try to anticipate challenging behaviors before they occur, and assist the teachers in comforting and nurturing children; help teacher prepare materials for the next day.
- Model appropriate behavior using positive guidance techniques at all times. For example, instead of saying “no” or “don’t do that” use redirection techniques such as “you need to…” or “I wonder what would happen if you…” or distract child with another toy, activity or story.
- Assist with the maintenance of a healthy and safe environment in all classroom activities. For example, assist with the clean-up of children’s activities and meals, ensure that the room and outside playground are free from hazardous objects or materials, and provide consistent supervision to ensure children remain in the group both inside and outdoors.
- Help parents to feel welcome and encourage their involvement. For example, greet parents when they arrive and introduce yourself, as well as when parents pick up their children; assist them in signing their child in and out of the classroom.
- Participate in all required teacher trainings and staff meetings.
- Adherence to all RCMA funding and DCF requirements.
EXPERIENCE: Up to one year.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma.
- Positive attitude towards and ability to get along with and respect co-workers and children.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to apply common sense.
- Ability to follow instructions.
- Ability to read and understand written information in primary language.
- Ability to write simple notes and complete forms.
- Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to children, parents, and other employees of RCMA.
- Reliable transportation.
- Willingness to learn basic computer skills and the ability to access the Internet and the RCMA intranet.
- Member of community being served and, when applicable, farm worker background. Former Head Start or Early Head Start parent preferred.
- Bilingual skills (English/Spanish).
- Current certification in Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Pediatric First-Aid.
RCMA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer