|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.|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.