Co-Lead Teacher, Infant Room / One Year Old Room / Early Preschool Room
The Independent Early Learning Center is hiring for a co-lead for our Early Preschool Room. We are Reggio Emilia inspired and we use the High Scope curriculum to strive for the children to have so much fun at school that they don’t even realize how much they are learning. 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 each child as a whole; guiding them in all areas of development in a way that is individual to their needs; putting 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 our 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 experiences with people, objects, events and ideas.
- Set-up and breakdown the classroom and activities each day
- Prepare and clean up after meals
- Collaborate in the planning and implementing of curriculum based on the children’s own interest
- 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 and 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 of the classroom
- Treat each child, family and The Independent staff with dignity and respect
- Comply with child care licensing through KDHE
- Utilizes appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline.Models Positive behavior
- Implement age appropriate activities that support Reggio Emillia 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
- Utilize process not product instruction with children.
- Inform parents about daily classroom routines, expectations, policies, procedures and volunteer opportunities.
- Complete all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including meal count sheets, attendance, screenings, lesson plans and parent/teacher conferences in a timely manner
- Attend to children’s basic needs including but not limited to feedings and diapering/toilet training
- Degree in Early Childhood or related field or CDA
- One to three years experience teaching young children in a licensed facility
- Experience creating educational lesson plans
- Possess Enthusiasm about nature-based learning
- Familiarity with social-emotional competence, interest based lesson planning, Reggio and High Scope preferred but not required; however, one must be open and willing to implement these practices into your classroom.
- 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 willingness to obtain before start day
- 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 KBI background 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 and community, will play a crucial role in that success.