Assistant Daycare Teacher
Claremore Children's Center
Provide quality care and supervision to children in a classroom setting. Work on a team-teaching basis, provide daily communication to parents and assist in the maintenance of the classroom environment.
- Be responsible regarding work hours, staff meetings and absences from the Center (be prompt, call in event of absence, make substitute arrangements for known absences).
- Keep updated on important information (read daily room notes, check mailbox, read staff meeting notes, and follow through on information).
- Announce breaks/departures from room and gauge appropriate times for breaks.
- Punch in and out accurately.
- Complete paperwork accurately and on time (in-service forms, availability forms, etc.)
- Record bath rooming, snack, nap and other daily activities.
Working with Others
- Communicate openly with coworkers (e.g. share information, be willing to accept feedback).
- Maintain a sense of calm and perspective during stressful times in the classroom.
- Approach problems with coworkers in a positive, solution-oriented manner.
- Complete daily tasks with direction.
- Know when to ask for help or a break is needed.
- Share responsibility for children and the environment when in shared areas (gym, playground, etc.) or when otherwise combined with another room.
- Help out in other classrooms when needed.
Working with Children
- Physical caregiving includes napping, feeding, bathrooming, etc. Requires lifting children, equipment and/or supplies up to 40 pounds, getting down to child level, and sitting on the floor. Requires constant visual and auditory monitoring of children.
- Prepare bottles, snacks, and lunches for children as needed.
- Move around with children at their pace and be actively involved with children rather than just watching them.
- Encourage children to explore their environment.
- Participate in individual, small group, and large group activities with children (e.g. art, flannel board stories, reading, singing, water play, cooking).
- Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Prevent, circumvent, and deal with problem behaviors appropriately and effectively.
- Help children make a smooth transition between home and Center (at arrival and departure).
- Respect each child as an individual (e.g. be sensitive to individual needs and routines; avoid discussing an individual child’s behavior with anyone in front of children; laugh with children, not at them).
- Promote children’s growth by engaging in activities in the following categories:
· Physical/Gross Motor – indoor and outdoor (e.g. swinging, hopping, bending, turning, movement games)
· Fine Motor (e.g. manipulatives, playdough, writing, drawing)
· Social (e.g. dramatic play, water, sand, blocks, positive group interactions)
· Emotional (e.g. help children identify feelings, promote dialogue)
· Cognitive (e.g. science, math, reading, games, understanding and thinking skills)
· Self-help (e.g. dressing, eating)
· Language Development – verbal and non-verbal (e.g. talking, singing, describing, questioning, listening, reading, storytelling, signing, facial expressions)
· Creative Arts (e.g. music, poetry, finger play, art drama)
- Greet families (children and adults) and make an effort to know them and their names.
- Gather and share information with families at arrival and departure to help ensure a smooth transition between home and Center.
- Relay to other staff any important information gained from families.
- Relate information to families about their child’s day.
- Refer family information, questions, or concerns to the Lead Teacher or in-charge person when appropriate.
Health and Safety
- Supervise children, keeping them in sight and sound at all times. Conduct regular name checks so that all children are accounted for.
- Wash hands upon arrival to work in the classroom, before and after diaper changes/toileting, wiping noses, after cleaning/handling chemicals, before bottles/mealtimes, before and after applying a bandage, after assisting an ill child, before giving medications, etc.
- Know proper procedures for handling an emergency (accident, fire drill).
- Be alert to and help to prevent accidents (e.g. stop a child from injuring another child, respond to environmental safety concerns such as unsafe items at child reach, slippery floors, or broken toys/equipment). Help to maintain a clean and healthy environment (e.g. clean thoroughly after meals/snacks, help children and other staff to clean up as needed, remove mouthed toys from another child’s reach, wash and disinfect toys).
- Be aware of children’s health and physical condition when they arrive and throughout the day. Complete an accident report for any injuries a child arrives with and/or that occur during the day. Convey information about children’s health and/or injuries to other staff.
- Administer simple first aid (e.g. ice on bump, wash cut).