POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for day-to-day operation and management of the school-age classroom. Responsible for guiding and directing the learning experiences for children by providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Provides developmentally appropriate activities to enhance physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in the classroom. Prepares and implements lesson plans in collaboration using established curricula ensuring that include arts and crafts, large and small groups, games, and other age appropriate activities.
Provide opportunities for homework to be completed, as applicable.
Modifies lesson plans to ensure children with disabilities are able to participate in all learning experiences.
Implements organized play in the outdoor learning environment. Provides appropriate guidance to promote children’s gross motor development. Balances indoor and outdoor activities to stimulate both cognitive growth and physical skills.
Maintains a safe, clean, and orderly classroom and playground area. Monitors and reports in writing to supervisor any needed repairs and takes appropriate action to correct any unsafe area.
Establishes and maintains an adequately supplied classroom, ensuring the physical and developmental needs of all children are met.
Supports the development of children’s positive self-concept and social skills through the promotion of cultural and ethnic acceptance and experiences.
Provides direct supervision to children at all times; maintaining child/staff ratios in accordance with policies and regulations.
Assist in the maintenance of appropriate standards for children's discipline and behavior standards using non-punitive methods
Maintains accurate classroom attendance, assuring the sign in/out sheet corresponds with the number of children in the classroom at all times.
Plans and implements healthy cooking experiences within the classroom setting that reflect the ethnic and cultural composition of the population.
Provides classroom support to other non-school-age classrooms (Birth-5 years of age) during times when School-age classroom is not in operation.
Participates in regular safety and fire/storm drills. Assures that emergency procedures and evacuation routes are posted in the classroom.
Ensure a well-stocked first aid kit, safe and secure medication storage unit and to ensure OSHA standards are met.
Maintains and documents regular contact with parents. Recruits parents as volunteers in the classroom/center.
Reports child abuse and neglect in accordance with program policies and procedures.
Completes child accident/incident reports and follows reporting process as required by Department of Children and Families.
Emphasizes the importance of child cleanliness/hygiene, assuring that hand washing takes place at appropriate times throughout the day.
Actively participates in center/classroom activities and parent meetings.
Attends and actively participates in training programs, staff meetings, and other meeting/trainings.
Maintains confidentiality in all aspects of client, staff and agency information.
Maintains effective working interaction with coworkers and outside contacts.
Organizes and prioritizes all assignments as directed.
Submits reports, documents, and files as directed.
Uses and follows the policies/procedures of Mid Florida Community Services Early Learning Department, federal, state and local regulations/laws, and federal regulations/laws.
Uses and follows the policies/procedures of Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., including but not limited to Personnel Policies, Occupational Health and Safety policies, payroll policies/practices, etc.
Performs any additional duties as directed or assigned by supervisor, management staff, program director or Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. management staff.
Education: Child Development Credential or equivalency.
Experience: Previous experience in child education, care and service or related field, preferred.
Licenses & Certifications: Valid Florida driver’s license and be insurable by Company’s current carrier. Subject to Federal, State and Local legal requirements/background checks/clearance for working with children. First Aid and CPR certified.
CRITICAL SKILLS, ABILITIES, & EXPERTISE:
Physical Requirements: These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Sitting, standing for long periods of time, use of fingers, arms, hands and legs and voice/talking are constant. Good eyesight (correctable) and hearing (correctable) are essential. Squatting, walking, handling, grasping, stretching/reaching, bending at the waist, smelling, tasting, feeling, and light lifting and/or carrying (up to 15lbs) are frequent. Must have ability to get up from a seated position on the floor or a low chair without hesitation. Pushing, pulling, kneeling, balancing, turning, feeling, driving a vehicle, medium lifting and/or carrying (up to 65lbs) are occasional.
Equipment: Instructional materials and supplies, playground equipment, computer, multi-line phone and other small office and equipment and vehicle.
Skills & Expertise: Ability to carry out lesson plans. Ability to implement and coordinate children activities. Ability to work with children with special needs. Knowledge of early childhood education methods. Knowledge of classroom management techniques. Ability to establish effective working relationships with people, particularly parents and children. Skill in completing work with a high degree of accuracy. Ability to arrive to work daily and on time. Ability to work with limited direction. Knowledge of organization methods. Ability to evaluate situations and make prompt decisions. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Ability to analyze and interpret data. Ability to use and operate a personal computer. Knowledge of child disability and mental health issues. Ability to maintain Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. child and parent confidentiality. Ability to be reliable, responsible, and accountable to job requirements.
ENVIRONMENTAL JOB FACTORS:
Job Location: Primary location is the Early Learning Fee based sites in Volusia County.
Work Environment: While performing the responsibilities of the position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter. Office/classroom environment and working with others frequently. Working with office equipment is frequent. Occasionally outdoors and operates a vehicle.
Performs any additional duties as directed or assigned by supervisor, management staff, program director or Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. management staff. This description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the position.
Wage: $11.25 - $12.00/hr
Benefits: Vacation, Sick, PTO, Health Benefits, 8% non matching retirement, company paid holidays
Apply online at www.mfcs.us.com