Teacher Assistant

Bronx, NY

Primary Function/Purpose:

The Teacher’s Assistant is responsible for the care of a group of children as part of a teaching team and functions as a co-leader.

Accountability:

The Teacher’s Assistant reports to the classroom Teacher and the Program Director.

Responsibilities:

To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

  • Promotes healthy eating practices.
  • Maintains a safe environment.
  • Posts necessary information to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children.
  • Maintains an orderly learning environment.
  • Change diapers, feeding, toileting, potty training, lifting.
  • Utilizing the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) - Client Assistance and Re-housing Enterprise System (CARES) complete incident reports as needed.

 To advance physical and intellectual competence

  • Provides a balance between quiet and active learning activities.
  • Uses equipment and materials for indoor and outdoor play that promotes children’s physical development.
  • Involves children in planning and implementing learning activities.
  • Implements experiences that promote language and literacy development.

To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance 

  • Implements hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem.
  • Implements hands-on activities that develop social skills.
  • Implements culturally diverse experiences.
  • Uses and promotes positive guidance techniques.
  • Communicates with children at their developmental level.
  • Encourages children to be independent.
  • Introduce virtual activities, ideas and/or resources.
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 To establish positive and productive relationships with families 

  • Encourage and provides a variety of ways for parent-volunteers to participate in the program.
  • Must be available to rotate shifts and classroom assignment at Director’s discretion, and/or as needs of the business require.

 To ensure well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant’s needs 

  • Assesses program supplies and material needed prior to implementing activities.
  • Assesses children’s needs and developmental progress on an ongoing basis.
  • In consultation with the Teacher and Director, uses the results of assessment to plan activities.

 To maintain a commitment to professionalism

  • Promotes the center’s philosophy and educational objectives.
  • Supports the center’s code of ethical conduct.
  • Engages in ongoing staff development to improve personal and professional skills.
  • Supports the professional growth and development of colleagues by sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement.
  • Attends staff meetings, workshop and in service training provided by the center.

 QUALIFICATIONS/Requirements: 

  • High School Diploma or GED; nine college credits in early childhood education or child development; and two years’ experience caring for children; or
  • High School Diploma or GED; and 5 years of supervised experience in a permitted childcare service; or
  • High School Diploma or GED; and a study plan that is acceptable to the department leading to completion of 9 credits in early childhood education or childhood development within two years.
  • Teacher’s Assistant Certification
  • Must obtain Department of Health Food Handler’s Certification within forty (45) days of being employed.