JOB TITLE: 3-5 Year Old Class Lead Teacher — Part-time
DAYS AND HOURS: Monday-Friday from 8:30-1:00 with additional meeting and planning, family events and training hours.
PAY: Competitive Pay offered based on experience, education and recommendations. $15-$25/hour.

JOB SUMMARY

This job is a lead teaching and caregiving position for the 3-5 year old class at Little Forest Preschool. Equipped with a strong background in early childhood development or a related field and the ability to inspire children to connect with nature through play and exploration, the teacher fosters positive relationships with children, parents, and staff to benefit whole-child growth. Together with the teaching team, this position is responsible for planning, implementing, and documenting learning; maintaining safety and regulation standards; and participating in nature-based activities with the children in all safe weather conditions. Teachers are organized, responsible, joyful, energetic, flexible, child-focused, safety-conscious, and enjoy being outdoors year round for the majority of the day. 

This is a 10 month commitment (August-May), part time, with no benefits.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Facilitate developmentally appropriate nature-based preschool programming.
  • Plan learning opportunities based on child interests, including outdoor activities, play, art, music, dance and drama, language, math, social/emotional, gross and fine motor. Curriculum includes Handwriting Without Tears, Wild Math, Everyday Math. 
  • Help young children with self-help skills in dressing, grooming, bathroom activities, etc.
  • Prepare environments and materials to support learning opportunities.
  • Conduct formative assessments.

Relationships:

  • Create and sustain a welcoming, peaceful and joyful classroom family atmosphere.
  • Develop children’s emotional, social, and behavioral skills through connection with nature, positive guidance, conflict resolution strategies, and mindfulness approaches.
  • Create a culturally responsive inclusive environment for children and their families.

Physical Environment:

  • Assure children’s physical and emotional safety, including following procedures in medication administration, allergy management, and authorized release.
  • Maintain clean, healthy, safe outdoor and indoor environment. 
  • Respond to emergencies in a calm and responsible manner.
  • Communicate concerns about the learning environment or children to the Director.

Families:

  • Involve families in their children’s educational growth, and encourage families to fully participate in the program.
  • Positively communicate child progress with family members and other teaching staff.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE          

  • At least a CDA or Associates degree required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working with children younger than 8 years old in a group setting required.
  • Must be CPR/First Aid Certified and Approved background Check. 
  • College credit hours in Early Childhood Education, child psychology, or child development preferred.
  • 2 years teaching experience in child care preferred.
  • Experience in nature based programming and demonstrated interest in conservation and environmental education preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Must be able to work outdoors in all seasons and all types of weather conditions 90% or more of each day.
  • Must be able to safely navigate a variety of surfaces, walk long distances, stand for extended periods of time, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, climb stairs or ramps, and carry up to 50 lb.