Palm Academy's Preschool Teacher will help prepare small children for kindergarten by easing them into organized education. You will teach them essential elements that they will encounter soon after they enter school life. A preschool teacher must have great love and patience for children. Qualifications needed to teach them effectively include knowledge of best practices and preschool educational methods and the ability to engage them and earn their trust and attention. The goal is to contribute to the child's healthy mental and emotional development to more easily acclimate to the next level of education. Ultimately carries out the mission, vision, and values established by the Academy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plans and executes a developmentally appropriate child-centered day which promotes total development of each child, and applies knowledge of various development stages of infants/toddlers
Prepare and provide materials that are concrete and relevant to the children's interests and culture to meet their individual needs
Respond quickly to children's different and personal needs (verbal and non-verbal cues), temperament styles, abilities, and cultures.
Prepare the infant/toddler learning environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adult caregivers.
Administer and accurately document initial and ongoing development using screening and assessment tools at established intervals.
Review and carry out health plans for special diets, and allergies, etc.
Partner with parents to develop educational and family goals and update regularly.
Assist with transition into the program and exiting out of the program.
Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings, parent meetings, parent-teacher conferences, in-service training, Organization Quality Improvement process, etc.
Adheres to policies and procedures pertaining to code of ethics, sanitary and cleanliness of classroom and children
Participates in required training programs, conferences, courses or other aspects of professional growth and attends all faculty meetings
Serves as mandated reporter and reports any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate channels
High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
CPR and First Aid certification
Qualified by the Office of Child Care Services
Minimum 1-2 years of experience as a preschool or infant/toddler teacher
Minimum of 24 completed ECE/CD units. AA/AS degree or higher in psychology, sociology, home economics, human development, or a California State issued child development teacher permit or higher.
Language Ability: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl, talk and hear and taste and smell. The employee must regularly lift and move up to 50 pounds. This job's specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.