NHC is a faith-based nonprofit organization. It designs its early childhood centers so that children are divided into groups by age, with each classroom addressing multiple learning domains through play-based centers. The Christ-centered environment keeps the focus on biblical principles while nurturing consistent relationships with teachers who consistently share God’s love, grace, and forgiveness with each child.
Under general supervision, provide developmental care and supervision to children enrolled in the NHC Early Childhood Center; plan and implement age appropriate curriculum for children; establish and maintain supportive relationships with children and parents; monitors children's developmental and educational progress, and perform related work as required.
The Childcare Teacher is distinguished from the Childcare Assistant Teacher by the minimum qualifications and the scope of duties as exemplified below.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Examples of key duties are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature
Relates to children with courtesy, respect, acceptance, and patience; fosters developmentally appropriate independence; shows appreciation of children's efforts and accomplishments; fosters a cooperative rather than competitive atmosphere; and interacts routinely with children in a positive manner.
Plans, adapts, schedules age appropriate curriculum involving various activities to stimulate children's cognitive, social/emotional, physical, and spiritual skills, abilities, and development.
Provides continuous supervision to children; ensures health and safety of children; and ensures children are not out of control.
Maintains facility, rooms and play areas in a clean, orderly, and safe condition; sets up rooms and areas for various activities such as lunch, naps, games, circle time, center time etc.;
Communicates to Director any hazards observed.
Records daily observations of children's behavior and activities; monitors behavioral patterns and develops assessments and profiles.
Maintains a positive collaborative relationship with parents; works with families to create learning and development strategies as necessary.
Maintains accurate attendance and enrollment records; maintains appropriate confidential records.
Monitors children for signs of child abuse and reports incidents of suspected abuse to appropriate authorities.
Orders monthly supply of materials for classroom from Director.
Maintains current knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Development as well as knowledge and adherence to Texas DFPS minimum standards for childcare centers.
Knows which children they are responsible for including their ages. Ensures continuity of care by sharing children's activities and written or verbal instructions from the parents for each child with incoming caregivers.
Be free from activities not directly involving the teaching, care, and supervision of children, such as: administrative and clerical functions that take the caregiver's attention away from the children; including meal preparation; janitorial duties; personal use of any and all electronic devices.
Implement a program based on sound principles of child development; interact positively with children and adults and act as an appropriate adult role model showing competency, good judgment, and selfcontrol; communicate effectively in English; give and follow written and oral instructions; exercise judgment and discretion in analyzing and resolving problems; maintain accurate and detailed records; maintain cooperative working relationships demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.
Early childhood development and appropriate practices for infants, toddlers, and young children; nurturing, care giving, and education of young children; knowledge of Texas DFPS minimum standards for childcare centers; and implementation; principles of observation and assessment of young children; solid foundation in other aspects of child development; principles of parent communication and support.
Candidates/incumbents must meet the minimum qualifications:
Be at least 18 years of age.
Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Child Development Associates preferred.
Two years’ experience in a Texas DFPS licensed childcare center or equivalent experience and or 24 hours of approved pre-service training.
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE:
Must possess proof of training and certificates in CPR and First Aid.
Must be able to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting children or heavy items (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking. Must be able to work safely in an environment containing biological conditions, which may be unhealthful or hazardous (such as bodily fluids and waste, germs, childhood diseases). Must pass fingerprint clearance test for all appropriate agencies.