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Pre K Early Learning Teacher

Location:YORK, PA
Salary Range:To be determined
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Benefits:yes
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Child Care
Description:Instructs children in developmentally appropriate activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth in accordance with YWCA mission and DHS regulations.

This position will typically be scheduled either 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday or 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
Duties:Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with team leaders and assistants to create a team approach to a high quality pre k learning experience.

Plan individual and group activities to stimulate growth in language, social, and motor skills such as learning to listen to instructions, playing with others, and using play equipment in accordance with the policies and the philosophy of the YWCA. Use developmentally appropriate practices consistent with the expectations of NAEYC/NAA and designed to meet the children's assessed needs.

Adheres to positive guidance policies and supports co teachers in consistently meeting needs of children in the environment.

Maintain lesson plans aligned with center curriculum.

Conduct a daily health check of each child on arrival. Instructs children in practices of personal cleanliness and self care.

Alternate periods of strenuous activity with periods of rest or light activity to avoid over stimulation and fatigue.

Help children develop habits of caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books.

Participate with and supervises children at all times. Conducts meaningful communication experiences with children most of the day.

Submits timely reports, timesheets and statistics.

Assess the children's learning needs through documented observations, gears the program to the needs of the individual child, consider the individual child in his/her cultural and socioeconomic background, and helps each child to understand his/her value in the group. Maintain appropriate checklists, portfolios and enter information on web sites according to state standards.

Provide children with experiences, which build self-esteem, encourages self-reliance, and helps each child to function cooperatively in a group.

Confer and maintain a positive relationship with parents, and communicates necessary information in a professional manner. Conduct mandatory parent conferences at least two times annually.

Serve meals and refreshments to children under CACFP regulations. Assures family style dining.

Maintain personal cleanliness, including washing hands after toilet, nose wiping and before preparing and /or serving lunches and snacks.

Keep room environment interesting, safe and clean. Report maintenance and safety concerns to Director, as needed.

Perform general housekeeping tasks.

Maintain high level of job integrity and professionalism while adhering to ethical code of conduct.

Attend parent meetings, special events, and all staff meetings.

Maintain professional growth in accordance to high quality standards

Complete 24 hours of training annually as assigned.

Complete Fire Safety Training annually.

Complete Emergency Safety Training annually

Complete Food Program Training annually.

Complete Water Safety Training annually. (site specific)

Maintain current CPR and First Aid certification.

Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Expresses need for resources and speaks with team leader to find solutions to problems or potential issues immediately.

Work well with staff and volunteers

Work flexible hours

Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:Education and Experience:
A group supervisor shall have attained one of the following qualification levels:

Minimum of a CDA and at least five years of experience with Pre K (3-5 year olds).

An bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 5 years of experience with Pre K (3-5 year olds).

YWCA York adheres to NAEYC and Pennsylvania state standards of teacher excellence; and, therefore requires and supports teachers in being life long learners. These standards require all teachers to have specialized college- level coursework in best practices. Teachers will be expected to further their own education to become highly qualified professionals. YWCA York offers educational assistance as funds are available for educational programs like CDA programs, professional workshops and tuition reimbursement for post secondary degrees.
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate professionalism

Excellent verbal communication skills

Excellent organizational skills

Competencies:

Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences. - Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.
Observes safety and security procedures.
Adapts to changes in the work environment

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift, push, and/or pull up to 25-50 pounds.
Frequent sitting, standing and walking


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