Position Title: Early Education Substitute
Hours: Part time, as needed
King Street Center’s Toddler and Preschool Programs seek individuals with childcare experience to join our substitute teacher list to provide support in the classroom and engage with children during our operating hours of 8am-3pm. Positions available immediately and through the summer.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support curriculum that meets the needs of the children based on observation and “best practices”. Adjust teaching and provide appropriate support to meet needs of individual children.
- Support a program that is balanced in regard to active and quiet play, child directed and teacher directed, indoor and outdoor.
- Attend to the care, safety and well being of children.
- Set and enforce limits that are related to the child’s level of maturity.
- Promote independence by allowing children to solve their own problems.
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of good teaching practices and child growth and development
- Observe, evaluate, and discuss student progress, developmental milestones, and concerns with lead teachers.
- Confer with other educators within KSC, social service agencies, volunteers and visitors.
- Listen to children with interest, answer questions, and maintain a receptive attitude.
- Open, close, set up, and clean up the classroom as needed.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this position title. They do not include all job duties performed by employees in this position, nor does every position necessarily require these duties.
RELATIONSHIPS AND ROLES
- Officially reports to the Lead Teacher. Will also be supervised by the Early Education Director.
- Interacts with other KSC program staff, visiting educators, community service providers, transportation providers, special educators, and medical professionals.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Oral and written knowledge of the English language.
- Knowledge of appropriate regulatory conditions and standards.
- Knowledge of appropriate behavior guidance procedures.
- Knowledge of VT Child Care Licensing Standards
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Highly effective verbal communication skills.
- Ability to innovate and cooperate with others.
- Ability to be self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to communicate effectively with children, families, co-workers, people from collaborating agencies and the general public.
- Ability to organize activities and time.
- Ability to problem solve.
- Ability to work with others in a team environment.
- Ability to work with diverse populations.
- Ability to take direction from supervisor(s) and co-workers.
Education: At least a high school graduate or has completed a GED
One to three years experience in:
- Teaching in an early childhood program or working with children
- Meeting children’s emotional and behavioral needs
- Working with other professionals to deal with educational challenges
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS OF WORK
Work is conducted primarily inside, with daily outdoor playground activities as weather permits. Must be able to walk distances to neighborhood sites and participate in gross motor activities. Must be able to participate in children’s activities that involve sitting, standing, grasping, touching, pushing, pulling, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Must be able to handle the stress and tension that contact with children and parents bring every day. Potential for injury from physical interplay with children, and for illness passed along from children.
Occasional lifting of furniture, materials and children, weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasional interaction with children and families exhibiting some instability in their behavior. Some potential for risks to physical safety and security of the facility.