The new Independent Early Learning Center (ELC) is now hiring for all positions including teachers for infants, toddlers, and preschool, as well as an Assistant Director.
A committee was selected by the Board of Trustees to re-purpose Mrs. Garvey’s home into a vibrant new addition to The Independent School campus. Many hours of creative thought was given to selecting a purpose that both furthered our mission and honored our founder. The Independent Early Learning Center was born. When completed later this fall, Mrs. Garvey’s home will be transformed into a place that will inspire learning in an environment that is filled with natural light and views of nature from every classroom.
When completed the ELC will feature:
- A well-lit parking lot for employees
- Four classrooms
- An indoor gross-motor play area
- A nursery for infants
- An exploration room for active learning
- Two nature themed turf playgrounds including a designated outdoor area for infants
- Secure environment including: cameras and pin code access keypads on all entrance doors and on two hallway doors leading to the classrooms
Our classrooms are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy using the High Scope curriculum. We encourage children to ask questions by building up their self-esteem and providing an environment that fosters open-ended and purposeful play. Instead of giving them the answers, we give them the tools to find the answers for themselves. We believe in nurturing the whole child, guiding them in all areas of development in a way that is individual to their needs; placing strong emphasis on their social, emotional growth as well as their intellect. We view the child, parents, and teachers as a team, working together, each valued equally to stay consistent and to build a platform of support for each other.
Through the Reggio-inspired approach, children form an understanding of themselves and the world around them. They’ll begin to develop the ability to think critically and creatively and to form their own opinions, not just what others tell them, but to evaluate and make informed choices.
There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge. The children will search out the knowledge through their own investigations.
The incorporation of the High Scope approach will emphasize “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experience with people, objects, events, and ideas. Quality early childhood education is a team effort and all team members play an important role in the success of the Center. We want to put together the Ideal Team for our Early Learning Center.
- Help to set-up and breakdown the classroom and activities each day
- Help prepare and clean up after meals
- Collaborate in the planning and implementation of curriculum based on the child’s own interests
- Help document daily activities and observations and help complete assessments
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice and take initiative to seek out professional articles and training opportunities to build on knowledge
- Display the highest level of care nurturing for children
- Work with a co-teacher to manage a warm, welcoming, and safe classroom environment
- Involve parents in the growth and development process by sharing documentation, organizing parent-child events, and conducting parent-teacher conferences
- A willingness to learn about and implement child-focused or Reggio-inspired perspectives
- View learning as a collaborative process
- Engage children in many ways leading with play, but continuing with art, music, reading, writing, and experimentation
- Ensure the safety of each child enrolled in the class whether in the classroom, on the playground, or in common areas
- Accept and maintain responsibility daily for the ordered arrangement, appearance, decor, and cleanliness of the learning environment
- Treat each child, family, and staff with dignity and respect
- Comply with child care licensing regulations through KDHE
- Utilizes appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline
- Models positive behavior
- Implements age appropriate activities that support Reggio Emilia approach and the High Scope curriculum
- Implement and model family style eating during meal times
- As a mandated reporter, report child abuse and neglect when necessary
- Utilizes process, not product, instruction with children
- Informs parents about daily classroom
- Completes all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including meal count sheets, attendance, screenings, lesson plans, and parent/teacher conferences in a timely manner
- Degree in Early Childhood or related field or CDA depending on position
- One to three years experience teaching young children in a licensed facility
- Experience creating educational lesson plans
- Possess enthusiasm for nature-based learning
- Familiarity with social-emotional competence, interest based lesson planning, Reggio and High Scope preferred but not required
- Possess understanding of child development and appropriate behaviors
- Understand developmentally appropriate curriculum
- Must be energetic, fun, and possess a positive attitude
- A love of children and motivation to make a difference everyday
- CPR and First Aid Certification or a willingness to obtain the certifications before the first day of employment
- Must meet state specific requirements for education and experience for the role, including but not limited to Health Assessment, Health and Safety Training as described in the KDHE regulation book and continued in-service training throughout employment or willing to obtain
- Must be physically able to use a computer with basic proficiency, lift a minimum of 30 pounds, and work indoors or outdoors
- Must be able to assume postures in low levels to allow physical and visual contact with children, see and hear well enough to keep children safe, and engage in physical activity with children
- Ability to speak, read, and write English
- Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality
- Pass pre-employment screening and fingerprint background check
Our teachers will bring warmth, patience, and guidance to the classroom every day. They will be committed to making our center successful and know that creating meaningful relationships with children, families, and within our team will play a crucial role in that success. This is not a job, it is a career! Being a professional and giving it your all for the children is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your life. Be proud to be an Early Childhood Professional!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and list of references to Megan Richardson, Director of the Early Learning Center.