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Early Learning Professional-Infant/Toddler

Works within a teaching team to support the care and development of young children ages 6 weeks-under 3 years in a structured early learning environment.

Kalamazoo, MI

Brief Description

Works within a teaching team to support the care and development of young children ages 6 weeks-under 3 years in a structured early learning environment.

Department: Children’s Center

Supervisor: Children’s Center Site Director

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time

Hours of Work: Monday – Friday; Typical Business Hours. Occasional evening or weekend work.

 

Job Responsibilities

  1. Assists children in all daily activities including, but not limited to: toileting, personal hygiene, dressing and eating.
  2. Organizes and implements age appropriate learning activities/ experiences with individual children and small and large groups within the approved curriculum.
  3. Observes and assesses utilizing Teaching Strategies GOLD and ASQ-3/ASQ-SE.
  4. Supervises children’s activities to ensure safety, promote socialization and enjoyment of children attending the facility.
  5. Works cooperatively with the program director, family advocate, and/or teaching team to resolve any programmatic or family concerns including but not limited to communication, service delivery, quality, curriculum, personnel, and assessment.
  6. Works cooperatively with the program director, family advocate, and/or teaching team on assigned duties, such as preparing activity materials, room cleanliness and using time effectively.
  7. Participates in mealtime activities with the children to encourage good eating habits, good table manners, conversation and clean-up.
  8. Accompanies and supervises children on field trips.
  9. Commits to self-education on anti-bias education, racial justice, and gender equity issues.
  10. Monitors health status of children for illness or areas of concern.
  11. Cleans up after activities.
  12. Provides written and/or verbal communication to parents regarding child’s daily activities, progress and behavior.
  13. Observes all Children’s Center and YWCA policies and procedures.
  14. Complies with applicable local, state and federal licensing requirements/certification and/or regulations.
  15. Complies with association policy regarding required reporting of child abuse.
  16. Safeguards confidential information gained as a result of the position.
  17. Works cooperatively with program participants, YWCA staff and volunteers.

Performs other duties as assigned

Education requirements, certifications, work experience

  1. High school diploma or equivalent required.
  2. Significant and relevant post-high school education or training in early childhood education or child/family-related field.
  3. One year experience working with young children within a licensed childcare facility.
  4. Understanding of Creative Curriculum (curriculum), Teaching Strategies GOLD (developmental assessment tool), and Ages and Stages Questionnaire (developmental screener).
  5. Ability to meet requirements of Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing.
  6. Satisfactory response to criminal and child abuse and neglect history checks.
  7. Able to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Orientation to YWCA Personnel Policies, Mission, Purpose and One Imperative.
  2. Racial Justice Training
  3. Pronoun Training
  4. Orientation to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting.
  5. Infant/Toddler Child Care Providers must also have Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome training.
  6. Other appropriate training and in-service which will occur during employment.

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