Lead Teacher (Infant and Toddler)
The Lead Teacher assumes responsibility for the general supervision, development, education and assessment of children. Supervises one classroom and up to five staff.
- Assumes all duties of the Associate Teachers and Classroom Assistants when necessary.
- Plans, supervises and implements the program in accordance with the policies and philosophy of FSA.
- Complete and maintain reports. Documentation of absence logs, health checks, ratios, meal counts, injury reports, unusual mark reports, DRDP, ERS, and lesson plans.
- Works with the director scheduling staff according to teacher/child ratio and site needs.
- Reviews and evaluates the performance of the Associate Teacher(s) and Classroom Assistant(s) as assigned on a monthly and yearly basis.
- Responsible for meeting all licensing regulations, agency policies and procedures.
- Assists Center Director: supervision of staff, conducting parent orientation, conducting PAC meetings, conducting site meetings, attending agency functions and other areas as assigned.
- Responsible for conducting a DRDP assessments on each child within 60 days of their start date and every 6 months thereafter.
- Health and Safety
- Maintains all Title 22 safety standards
- Provides and maintains a pleasant, safe, and clean learning environment for children
- Direct Service
- Plan the educational curriculum utilizing DAP, Desired Results, the Preschool Learning Foundations, the Preschool Curriculum Framework and research techniques to support the early care and education program for children 2 – 5 years and in an atmosphere that is respectful of young children. (Applies to Preschool age).
- Plan the educational curriculum utilizing DAP, Desired Results, the Infant Toddler Learning Foundations, Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC), Resources for Infant Caregivers (RIE) philosophies, current research and techniques to support the early care and education program for children 6 weeks – 3 years and in an atmosphere that is respectful of young children. (Applies to Infant and Toddler age)
- Create and maintain portfolio assessments for each child enrolled in class.
- Create lesson plans that specify themes, activities and learning centers where experiences in art, large and small motor physical development, dramatic play, science, language (both receptive and expressive) using Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD), nutrition/health, social-emotional, and multi-cultural competency.
- Develop a daily schedule that allows for a variety of activities that support all aspects of the child’s development including indoor and outdoor supporting large and small/fine motor development.
- Agency Promotion.
- Works as a member of the agency team by promoting the mission and philosophy of the organization.
- Participates in activities that further own professional growth, averaging a minimum of 21 hours per year to maintain permit and helps to keep skills current.
- Gives tours of the site and classrooms as needed.
- Maintains and encourages professional, positive, constructive communication with staff and families.
- A minimum of Teacher level permit, A.A. degree preferred (Preschool position), BA required (Infants and Toddlers).
- Maintain a current and valid EMSA approved Pediatric First Aid/CPR Card.
- Knowledge of monitoring program activities for compliance with required guidelines and policies of state and federal government (Title 5 of the California Department of Education and Title 22 California Health and Safety Code).
- Completion of formal or informal education sufficient to assure the ability to read and write English and to communicate at the level required for successful job performance.
- Knowledge of Clifford and Harms Environmental Rating Scales.
- Two years’ experience working with children in a center based learning environment / Infants and Toddlers.
- Must be willing to work flexible hours in order to meet the needs of the center.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- 1 year of supervisor experience preferred.
- 3 units of adult supervision required
- 3 units of infant care (preferred for Preschool required for Infant and Toddler)
- CA Drivers License and automobile insurance
- Pass a health screening, immunized against: Influenza, Pertussis and Measles, TB test and drug screening.
- Maintain an active exemption-free status with Community Care Licensing for the duration of employment with FSA.
- Ability to bend over and lift 40 lbs.
- Ability to stand three to four hours per day and sit on the floor as necessary