Teacher Assistant in Volusia County, FL

March 25, 2019

Position Summary: Responsible for assisting the teacher with the day-to-day operation and management of the classroom and assisting with guiding and directing the learning experiences for children by providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides a nurturing classroom environment where children will feel welcome and safe.
  • Assists teacher with providing developmentally appropriate activities to enhance physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in the classroom, ensuring each child’s individual needs are met. Prepares and implements lesson plans in collaboration with teacher using established curricula ensuring that small group, large group and individual experiences are provided.
  • Works in partnership with the teacher in identifying any child with a suspected delay or any other area of concern.
  • Implements and documents 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.
  • Supports teacher in maintaining an adequately supplied classroom, ensuring the physical and developmental needs of all children are met.
  • Provides and participates in learning experiences that allow children to solve problems, initiate activities, explore, question and gain mastery through learning by doing. Encourages language development of children by asking open ended questions.
  • 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.
  • Supports teacher in maintaining accurate classroom attendance, assuring the sign in/out sheet corresponds with the number of children in the classroom at all times
  • Participates with children at mealtimes, ensuring mealtimes are part of the instructional day.
  • Plans and implements healthy cooking experiences within the classroom setting that reflect the ethnic and cultural composition of the population.
  • Assists in planning and participates in regular safety and fire/storm drills. Assure that emergency procedures and evacuation routes are posted in the classroom.
  • Ensures there is a well-stocked first aid kit and OSHA standards are met.
  • 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. Ensures children’s hands and face are clean upon departing for the day.
  • Responsible for diapering infants and diapering and toilet training toddlers in a safe and developmentally appropriate manner, as assigned.
  • Plans and participates in educational field trips.
  • Actively participates in center/classroom activities, parent meetings and annual parent activities as requested.
  • 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 federal, state and local regulations/laws, and federal regulations/laws including applicable transmittal notices, and other administrative orders/directions.
  • 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.



Job Standards:

Education: A minimum of a valid FCCPC or National CDA which must be maintained throughout employment. Within 90 days of employment must begin at least one of the DCF Child Care training courses listed in S.402.305 (2) (d), Florida Standards. Must complete the Head Start mandated 60 hours of Florida DCF Child Care Training as outlined in the Career Advancement Criteria. Must obtain/maintain CPR/First Aid certification.

Please upload transcripts with application/resume to be considered for an interview.

Experience: No experience required.

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.


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, driving and light lifting and/or carrying (up to 15lbs) are frequent. Pushing, pulling, kneeling, balancing, turning, feeling, medium lifting and/or carrying (up to 50lbs) are occasional. Playing with children, which may include hopping, skipping, jumping, dancing, and twisting are frequent. Must have ability to get up from a seated position on the floor or a low chair without hesitation.

Equipment: Instructional materials and supplies, playground equipment, computer, multi-line phone and other small office and equipment and vehicle.

Skills & Expertise: Ability to plan and carry out lesson plans. Ability to learn how to coordinate activities. Ability to work with children with special needs. 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 organizational 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 computer. Ability to maintain Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., Head Start, child and parent confidentiality. Ability to be reliable, responsible and accountable to job requirements.


Environmental Job Factors:

Job Location: Primary location is the Head Start facilities in Hernando, Sumter and/or Volusia counties. Occasional travel to other counties.

Work Environment: While performing the responsibilities of the position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter. Office environment and working with others frequently. Working with office equipment is frequent. Occasionally outdoors and operates a vehicle.



Wage: $11.25 - $12.00 (commensurate with credentials and/or degreed education)


Benefits: Vacation, Sick, PTO, Health Benefits, 8% non matching retirement, company paid holidays.


How To Apply

Apply Online at www.mfcs.us.com

Please be sure to complete the application, only acknowledged and signed applications will be considered.



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