Small Tales - Preschool Teacher

Job Description:

Lead caregivers are responsible for providing and maintaining a nurturing and educational environment for the children in their care. Caregivers report to the Director/Assistant Director.


Please note: Lead Caregivers must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to work at the Center, as per state guidelines. Lead Caregivers working in the Continuity of Care room must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.


Minimum: One (1) of the following conditions must be met:

  • Current CDA credential;
  • A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with a kindergarten endorsement with grades of C or better from an accredited college or university;
  • A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university that includes one (1) of the following:
  • Fifteen (15) credit hours in college level courses with content related to the needs, skills, development, or teaching methods of children six (6) years of age or younger and grades of C or better
  • A two (2) year associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college or university, with a grade of C or better

Preferred: Any of the above, plus 1 or more years of child care experience

Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Experience working in an early childhood setting
  • Experience working with persons from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the children and program

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Supervise the creation of a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of children
  • Manage one classroom of children, including curriculum planning
  • Perform duties as planned by the Director
  • Implement the curriculum planned by the Director or Lead Caregiver
  • Interact with the children in a way which conveys respect and nurturing
  • Support the social and emotional development of children
  • Engage in active play with children; this will often mean getting down on the floor to interact with them
  • Provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the development levels of the children
  • Assist in the selection of books, equipment and other instructional materials appropriate for the early childhood program
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records for children in the assigned classroom.
  • Attend to the personal hygiene of each child in your care, including changing diapers or soiled clothing and washing hands
  • Maintain a safe environment based on safety standards set by the Center and state guidelines
  • Help other staff in preparing meals for children as required
  • Assist in the cleaning and straightening of the child care rooms
  • Work cooperatively and effectively as a team member by communicating and contributing information on a continuous basis
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of interactive parent and child literacy activities
  • Maintain open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child's family and encourage their involvement in the program
  • Continue professional development through attending workshops, conferences, and other staff development opportunities
  • Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible
  • Supervise caregivers, volunteers, and visitors assigned to the classroom
  • Perform other reasonable duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director

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