Youth Development Professional III/Preschool Teacher
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Smyrna, DE 19977
Under the supervision of the Unit Director, the Preschool Teacher is responsible for assisting with the development and effective operation of a quality early care child care program that complies with current Delacare and Delaware Stars requirements for early care and school-age centers. Job Description:
? Keep up to date with current research and best practice regarding child development, learning, and positive guidance strategies.
? Works closely with Childcare Director and other staff to effectively implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum using the Delaware Early Learning Foundations.
? Work with families to generate individual learning goals for children.
? Plan for the inclusion of all children using a variety of learning and guidance strategies.
? Work closely with the Childcare Director to establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.
? Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, simple experiments and field trips.
? Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
? Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students at varying needs and interests.
? Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
? Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
? Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by OCCL and Delaware Stars, district policies, and administrative regulations.
? Work with parents and guardians to discuss their progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
? Regularly observe, evaluate and document children’ s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
? On a daily basis, provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate
and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
? Conduct a variety of assessments to determine children’s developmental levels, needs, and
? Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in
order to maintain and improve professional competence.
CORE VALUES FOR SUCCESS:
Greatness (BE GREAT): Strive for greatness and hold yourself and others to a high standard of
excellence resulting in quality services to the children we serve. Live the principles and mission of
the organization and see yourself as role model both within the organization and the community;
apply creativity and sound thinking to identify the resources needed to accomplish our mission.
Accountability (Ownership): We hold ourselves and others accountable for meeting standards for
the quality, quantity, resource management and timeliness of work; we acknowledge ownership
and accountability of our actions and accept responsibility for their consequences without
exceptions or excuses. We are accepting of feedback about improving our performance, and we
acknowledge and correct our mistakes.
Integrity: We act with honesty and honor in all our dealings with board members, funders, vendors,
parents, children and colleagues. We understand that we are stewards of the resources made
available to us, and we strive to provide a return on investment in all our activities and interactions.
We hold ourselves and others to the highest standards of honesty and morality.
Teamwork: We treat each other with dignity and respect; we encourage, reward and recognize our
team members who achieve great things; we have relationships that are built on trust. We
demonstrate and encourage cooperative team relationships, optimizing the talents of our team
members through honest feedback and coaching, where appropriate. We approach challenges and
our day to day interactions with extreme optimism and a positive attitude.
Meet the Delaware First and OCCL Requirements for Early Childhood:
? Early Childhood Administrative Certificate required
? Must be at least 18 years of age
? Experience working with children ages 5-12 years old.
? High School Diploma and TECE I or 6 college credits in ECE
? Associates degree in a related field (ie: early childhood, psychology, social work, special
education, elementary education, nursing, human services, business administration)
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS: Environmental and working conditions vary from
indoors to outdoors; various meeting locations in and out of the Club; occasional statewide travel (e.g.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
? Maintain a high energy level.
? Be comfortable working with children ages 5 to 12 years of age in varying levels of physical
? Regularly speak clearly and hear the spoken word.
? Frequently lifts, carries or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds
when preparing room for instruction.
? Typically bends, stoops, walks and sometimes runs on a regular basis while interacting with
children in various activities throughout the day.
WORK HOURS: Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm (2 hour break)
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this
classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of
all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer