The primary role of the Child Care Center Preschool Teacher of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is to provide for the individual needs of the children in care by offering food, shelter, a safe environment and a structured educational environment that meets each individual students emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
The qualifications of the Preschool Teacher should meet and be in compliance with the standards established by Chapter 10C-10 of the Florida Statutes, Children’s Services.
- 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 functions.
- Must have sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
CDA Certification from an accredited educational facility preferred, but not mandatory.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities of the Child Care Preschool Teacher of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home include the following:
- Establishes a warm and friendly, yet objective relationship with the children.
- Helps children to eat, dress, and do other activities, which foster appropriate habits.
- Provides care and protection of children and meets their individual needs.
- Participates in staff meetings and helps to plan goals.
- Participates in State and CCRN required training.
- Ensures that equipment and materials are accessible and in good condition.
- Attends and participates in meetings and workshops related to group child care.
- Distributes, arranges, and maintains teaching materials and equipment.
- Reports any significant problems of progress or any unusual behavior of children to the Director.
- Keeps an incident log to observe and record significant individual and group behavior. Also records any incident, injury or area of concern and to documents significant parent interactions.
- Records developmental milestones and observations. .
- Communicates with parents through daily progress reports, conversations, conferences, notes and PAC meeting.
- Keeps daily attendance and meal counts. Documents reasons for absences.
- Performs general housekeeping duties in the center; maintaining the room in a neat, clean, aesthetically pleasing manner, conducive to constructive play appropriate for the age group served.
- Is always friendly and helpful to children, staff and parents.
- Maintains responsibility and direct supervision of all children in the group during on-duty hours.
- Plans a flexible weekly program for the children on appropriate lesson plan sheets basing the content on curriculum outline and the developmental stages of the children.
- Changes diapers according to written procedures, cleans up messes such as vomit, diarrhea, or toilet floods as needed.
- Maintains a positive attitude and supports the efforts of the whole team.
- Decorates the room, door and bulletin boards according to daily, weekly and monthly schedule.
- Remains in the ChildCareCenter during assigned hours, unless specifically assigned duty elsewhere.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
Ability to read aloud and interpret materials for pre-school children.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral schedule format.
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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; have manual the dexterity to pick up puzzle pieces, handle or feel and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; color vision and ability to adjust focus in order to properly care for children.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and will include children’s voices and emotional outbursts as well as laughter.
ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE
Vacations, sick leave, holidays, emergency leave, termination of employment, etc., shall be in accordance with published Personnel Policies of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Other policies concerning full time employees are as set forth in the current policies and procedures manual.