The lead early preschool teacher is responsible for developing a nurturing, loving, safe, and educational space for children of all abilities. As Hand in Hand launches new curriculum and focuses on expanding to meet community need, we need your expertise to grow the very best in inclusive childcare!
SALARY RANGE: $12.00-$15.00/hour. Benefits include: 401K, Health Insurance, Vision Insurance, Dental Insurance, PTO
In addition to responsibility for direct care of the children at Hand in Hand, the lead teacher directs collaboration with other teaching staff to develop weekly lesson plans utilizing Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum, adapts activities to meet the individuals needs and interests of children, and oversees classroom management. This individual ensures regular family communication and program quality to develop the full child cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Ensure the safety and well-being of all children at all times:
- Ensure constant visual and auditory supervision of all children.
- Ensure sanitary procedures are followed by all children and adults. This includes hand washing procedures, blood borne pathogen training and practices, diapering procedures, and soiled clothing practices.
- Immediately report all suspected cases of child abuse according to state Mandatory Reporting requirements
- Develop and implement a daily schedule with flexible, consistent routines and planned transitions.
- Always demonstrate respect for children, communicating with empathy and compassion at their level and near the child.
- Meet all personal care needs of assigned children of all abilities which can include diapering, catheterization, g-tube feeding.
- Ensure constant compliance with state and agency stated child to care provider ratios.
Develop an inclusive, nurturing, safe and engaging space to promote early learning and development:
- Create a neat, organized, engaging, and safe room arrangement with defined learning centers such as blocks, dramatic play, math, science, creative arts, language and literacy, music and movement, sensory plan, and table manipulatives.
- Develop a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to promote feelings of security, safety and belonging.
- Monitor classroom supplies and regularly communicate needs to Program Director.
- Complete daily housekeeping tasks including laundry, dishwashing, floor mopping, sweeping and the general cleaning of surfaces.
Develop engaging lesson plans and learning activities that:
- Foster creativity, inquiry and encourages children to lead the development and learning process.
- Utilizes Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum to encourage the development of a child's thinking, reasoning, decision making, and problem-solving abilities.
- Incorporate a wide variety of learning experiences, materials, equipment, and instructional strategies.
- Celebrates each child's unique culture and abilities while fostering empathetic interactions with diverse individuals.
Facilitate connection and strong communication:
- Develop professional relationships with children, parents, volunteers and other members of the community.
- Facilitate regular and positive communication with caregivers utilizing formal and informal communication methods approved by the agency.
- Serve as a support person and advocate for families.
Assess children's strengths, progress, and development. Ensure the shared results are of benefit to and supportive of individual children's learning and development, are used to adjust the curriculum, used to make program improvements, and used to communicate with parents/guardians regarding children's progress.
Accurately and fully complete all necessary paperwork and reports before the end of each shift.
Observe other staff and volunteers in the classroom to ensure they consistently exceed standards.
Complete all annual required training.
Become knowledgeable of all services provided by Hand in Hand to promote our programs in the community.
An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.
- At least 21 years of age
- Has obtained a high school diploma or passed a general education development test
- Certified in infant, child, and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and Iowa's mandatory reporting of abuse (Hand in Hand will coordinate courses for certification if not yet obtained)
- Experience working with children of all abilities.
- At least 1 year of full-time employment in Early Care and Education OR 2 years of part-time employment in Early Care and Education OR a Bachelor's degree in Early Care and Education OR an Associate's degree in Early Care and Education and at least 6 months related employment.
- Meet all expectations required by the state licensing for an early childhood educator.
- Knowledge of the State of Iowa Childcare licensing rules and regulations.
- Ability to communicate clearly to children, adults, and coworkers.
- Enthusiasm and desire to positively impact the lives of young children.
- Experience using behavior modification techniques.
- Compassion and enthusiasm for creating and leading inclusive programs.
- Experience and competency with Microsoft Office software and other basic computer applications.