Position Reports To: Director of Early Learning Center JOB SUMMARY: Must support the mission of the Adelphi University Alice Brown Early Learning Center promote family activities and participation and develop and maintain authentic meaningful relationships with the children. Learn and display knowledge of the theories of child growth and development early childhood education and family support. Learn understand and demonstrate knowledge of the underlying philosophies of constructivist educational practices. Promote and support children’s social emotional cognitive language and physical development. Understand lead and model professionalism teamwork and a collaborative spirit within the classroom teaching team the center and the greater Adelphi University community. Develop and maintain supportive professional relationships with children and their families to enhance parent education communication involvement and advocacy. Assist in developing and expanding curriculum based on children’s interests and needs in conjunction with developmentally appropriate best practices. Foster creativity competence and curiosity in children. Help children to develop problem-solving skills around events which are a normal part of the everyday life at the center and at home. Help organize and maintain a safe healthy and non-punitive learning environment in accordance with the Center’s philosophy and curriculum. Model and promote optimal health and safety practices including good nutrition practices. Assist children in activities of daily living including diapering/toileting feeding meal service washing etc as necessary. Select and prepare appropriate equipment materials and activities to develop essential skills in children. Actively take part in the process of building positive self-concepts in children. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
RESPONSIBILITIES and DUTIES: Reflect on children’s needs and interests assist in developing topic focuses planning implementing and assessing curriculum for the classroom setting. Supervise and lead children in planning implementing and assessing developmentally appropriate curriculum in the event the teacher is not present. Ensure that the outdoor play environment is well organized and utilized as an extension of the classroom setting. Assist in planning and carrying out daily classroom routine that is consistent yet flexible. Assist and participate in recording documenting and assessing children’s work and progress. Maintain active two way communications with team members parents and other University personnel. Monitor and supervise student staff. Participate in planning and conducting on-going parent conferences. Support student work-study employees and graduate assistants employed by the program. Collaborate with mentor and support student observers and certification candidates placed in classroom. Engage in meaningful on-going professional development opportunities; including trainings required by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and Adelphi University. Understand and implement Child Day Care Regulations as administered by the Office of Children and Family Services. Maintain an orderly sanitary classroom environment. Continually update knowledge of child development early childhood curriculum and staff development through appropriate publications trainings and courses. Actively participate in advocacy to enhance the care and education of children. Model and maintain confidentiality in and outside of the classroom setting in regard to children parents staff students and observers. Perform any other job duties and responsibilities as needed by the program.
REQUIREMENTS: Excellent interpersonal verbal and written communication and organizational skills. A strong foundation in child development. Ability to interact in a supportive and positive manner with a diverse student body. Knowledge of the process of curriculum development for children ages infancy through six. Display ability to take initiative and act cooperatively in meeting children’s needs. Understand and maintain confidentiality. Display sound decision making skills Display ability to appropriately supervise children in a group and use transition techniques to move children through the daily routine.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Possess the ability to lift 50 lbs. or more Ability to bend stoop and move freely.
EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Associate degree in Early Childhood Education OR an CDA credential with a plan of study to obtain a BA in early Childhood development or specialized training specific to families and children Candidate must have completed a minimum of 9 to 12 college credits in specific early childhood course work. Experience working with children age 18 months through 5 years. Candidate must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
Adelphi University comprises a small liberal arts college and a cluster of professional schools that have grown up in close relationship to the needs of the region. Our mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education and to offer professional preparation of the first rank in arts, education, business, clinical psychology, social work, nursing and other health sciences.