ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: The Infant/Toddler Teacher is responsible for the care, supervision and management of a class of Infants and Toddlers in accord with the goals and curriculum plan of Chicago Child Care Society. The principal duties of the Infant Teacher include: conduct focused observations of children, develop action plans, carry out activities on a daily basis and evaluate the effectiveness of child development activities, ensure the safety and well-being of the children, maintain regular communication with parents, and contribute to the effective operation of the overall early care and education center. Lead teachers serve as ambassadors for the school and the agency.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervise classroom team members. Demonstrate leadership in creating a positive and collaborative team. Organize and facilitate classroom team meeting.
Serve as leaders in the school and represent themselves as ambassadors for the whole school in relationship to all parents, and volunteers.
Supervise and lead classroom team in preparation and implementation of lesson plans for classroom activities covering all developmental areas: language, cognitive, physical, personal, social/emotional and creative. Explore new curriculum ideas and implement the Project Approach along with the Creative Curriculum.
Provide a learning environment for infants and toddlers that is warm, supporting and comforting.
Provide leadership to classroom team with assessment of needs of individual children. Collaborate with Infant Toddler Specialist in initiating referrals for special needs services.
Ensure that child care routines are carried out in a manner that is prompt, hygienic, and consistent with the good child development principles. This includes routines related to diapering, hand washing, eating, napping and transitioning between activities.
Create an open, friendly, and cooperative atmosphere in which children and families feel comfortable and secure.
Provide experiences that promote individual expression through conversation, play and creativity.
Provide a variety of language stimulation activities.
Promote and nurture parent-child bonding and relationships. Work with parents to increase their understanding of child development, including but not limited to developmental stages, developmental appropriateness, early literacy, and parent’s involvement.
Participate in child staffing. Organize and facilitate three formal parent-teacher conferences, and/or informal conversation throughout the year as appropriate. Establish and maintains effective working relationships with parents.
Observe, document and report appropriate aspects of and changes in child's health, including but not limited to injuries, changes in physical appearance and/or social behaviors.
Discuss and maintain records of child observation and child evaluations through Teaching Strategies Gold and ASQ-SE.
Share classroom and program information with parents. Attend and participate in parent meetings, trainings, and other special events as needed.
Organize and/or delegate administrative record keeping, including daily attendance and food forms, and evaluates quality of child care services provided, reporting regularly to Infant Toddler Specialist.
Collaborate with other program staff around the ordering and purchasing of supplies.
With classroom team, responsible for room arrangements and proper care of classroom equipment. Maintain safe, neat and orderly, and sanitary environment.
Maintain knowledge current in the field, including attendance at seminars, workshops and in service training programs.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIRMENTS:
Must have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or related human services filed plus applicable work experience.
Must have Gateways to Opportunity level 5 Infant Toddlers Credential
Minimum of one-year supervisory experience and one year of teaching experience.
Relates well with children and adults.
Strong people skills.
Excellent computer knowledge.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Function well in group and team settings.
Committed to continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission.
Possess interpersonal skills that excel in cultural sensitivity and respect for differences.