The Lead Teacher has primary responsibility for the overall health and safety of the infants, toddlers/ preschoolers in the program. S/He works as a member of the classroom team in forming trusting relationships with the children and families, developing lesson plans, ongoing assessment, and general classroom management.
S/he works under the direct supervision of the Center Director and under the general supervision of the designated Manager.
At least 21years of age and have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood or Bachelor’s degree in related field with a minimum of 6 courses in ECE or Child Development, one of which must be Child Growth and Development. Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education is preferred. All hiring is subject to NH Code Administrative Rules and federal Head Start Performance Standards and mandates for professional accreditation.
In the SNHS, Inc. Child Development program, a teacher should expect to:
- Kneel to address children at eye level.
- Be able to demonstrate motor activities that may include running, hopping, jumping, dancing, and full body motions.
- Be able to run after a child in peril.
- Lift children in emergencies.
- Nurture children who may need consoling in the case of challenging behaviors.
- Get on the ground with children in case of fire and help them crawl to safety.
- Sometimes get kicked or hit accidentally during exuberant play.
- Develop trusting relationships with the children and families by creating a positive, nurturing environment.
- Support parents as the primary educator of their child, educating them in early childhood education through workshops, notes, newsletters, and activities sent to children’s home.
- Relate professionally and tactfully with all program participants and co-workers and maintain positive interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Arrange and maintain a classroom that provides for a variety of learning experiences, including; cognitive, emotional, social, fine motor, gross motor, health, nutrition, positive self-image, and language development.
- Provide daily classroom activities both teacher-initiated and child-initiated activities geared to meet individual needs of the children.
- Provide positive guidance for children, following Southern NH Services Child Development Program’s Behavior Management Policy, including PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support).
- Complete developmental and behavioral screenings on each child within 45 days of starting date and continue with on-going assessment procedures throughout enrollment in the program.
- Participate in family style meals.
- Participate in two home visits and two center visits with families, gathering their goals for children and sharing ongoing observations.
- Attend family reviews.
- Attend parent meeting and participate in the presentations of classroom learning centers.
- Welcome and support parents as the primary educator of their child, educating them in early childhood education through workshops, notes, newsletters, and activities sent to children’s home.
- Coordinate with community members to provide onsite field trips.
- Maintain required classroom paperwork (i.e. lesson plans, meal tallies and attendance).
- Encourage parent involvement in the classroom and program through volunteering, curriculum development and planning.
- Provide opportunities for families to participate in the curriculum outside of the classroom (i.e. home-school connections)
- Attend all Child Development trainings and continue personal professional development outside of agency trainings. Maintain current CPR and First Aid Training and actively take part in all center staff meetings
- Share in cleaning responsibilities with all of the team members.
- Abide by all SNHS, Inc. policies and procedures.
- Be responsible for having adequate knowledge of all SNHS programs and normally gather sufficient intake information to make referrals to other SNHS programs beneficial the client, his/her family, or friends.
- Change diapers when appropriate, maintaining proper hygiene (gloves, hand-washing)
- Other duties as assigned.
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