Extended Day Assistant Teacher
Job Title/Job Code: Extended Day Assistant Teacher
Department: YMCA Dean Rusk Early Learning Center
Hours for Position: 2:00 p.m -6:00 p.m
Supervisor: Center Director/Extended Day Coordinator
Nature and Scope:
Under the supervision of the Extended Day Coordinator, the Extended Day Assistant Teacher assists and supports the day to day classroom operations of the Extended Day program in coordination with other YMCA Early Learning Head Start service areas. This position plays a key role in ensuring a quality and positive learning environment that supports school readiness outcomes.
- A be 18 year or older.
- High School Diploma
- Up to one (1) or more years related experience in early childhood education experience.
- Develops and cultivates a professional relationship with Lead Teacher other staff.
- Demonstrates open and effective communication to parents.
- Personal commitment to quality, educational programming and child safety.
- Assists in the planning, preparation and implementation of age appropriate activities that are integrated across the curriculum; directly linked to regular classroom activities; thematic; real, concrete and relevant; stimulating and challenging; and based on the child’s individual needs and interests.
- Monitors student attendance of the programs by collecting attendance rosters.
- Provides the support and guidance necessary to each child and their family to ensure that program elements sponsored by other organizations are introduced smoothly.
- Accepts responsibility for maintenance/ necessary housekeeping duties of the classroom, common use areas and playground.
- Ensures that the classroom schedule is carried out as planned.
- Consistently implements developmentally appropriate practices that are individualized and age appropriate and integrated across all areas of a child’s
development; i.e. reasoning (cognitive), social, emotional, and physical.
- Meets all job-related federal, state, local and program regulations and timelines for compliance, implementation and documentation.
- Actively participates and engages in teaching activities by consistently moving around the learning environment both indoors and outdoors; sitting or stooping to communicate at the child’s eye level; actively engaging in imaginative play, creative movement and songs, and engaging the child in conversations that are interactive, supportive and stimulating.
- Provides constant active supervision of children during all activities (indoors & outdoors) as well as during all times when children are under their direct care.
- Re-directs inappropriate behaviors in a positive manner that is supportive and non-punitive; utilizes discipline methods that do not include hitting, shoving, pinching, pushing, complete isolation, or language that is harmful and hurtful to the child.
- Responds quickly to a child in distress or a crying child by immediately
calming them in a nurturing and appropriate manner.
- Utilizes developmentally appropriate feeding, toileting, cleaning, and health
care practices for children with special health care needs.
- Recognizes and respects the variety of cultures, developmental needs, and
ethnic backgrounds of children and families being served by the program
- Models appropriate language behaviors for children including grammatically
correct verbal and written language usage.
- Creates a language rich environment that includes daily story reading, as well as regular writing activities and environmental (basic) print.
- Implements a balance of open and structured activities such as large and small group as well as individualized instruction.
- Conducts and records ongoing observations that are descriptive of the
child and his/her developmental milestones rather than just exclusive reports of problem behaviors.
- Refers all suspected disabilities and abuse to the appropriate authority, based on observations, developmental milestones, and/or atypical
behavior as well as follows agency regulations.
- Demonstrates a professional conduct that is always open, family and
child-centered, and in the best interest of the Head Start program.
- Maintains and promotes positive and safe employee relations among peers,
coordinators, and supervisors.
- Attends required training and meetings as deemed necessary by management.
- Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.
- Observes all rules and regulations of the YMCA Metro Atlanta Early Learning and local, state, and/or regulatory agencies pertaining to health, safety and care of children.
- Maintain overall professional personal appearance adhering to the guidelines.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- May provide support to summer program if one is scheduled.
EFFECT ON END RESULT: This position has a primary impact on the overall educational success and services provided to the children and families within the program. The effectiveness of this position is primarily measured by classroom and program observation and parent satisfaction of staff and those responsible for management of the program.
Ergonomics: Sitting, bending, stooping, standing, seeing, verbal communications, lift up to 40 pounds.