VPK Lead Teacher

Location: Celebration, FL
Date Posted: 03-18-2016
Job Description 
Creation Kids Village (CKV) an early education center, is seeking a qualified VPK Lead Teacher. 
 
Job Responsibilities
Reporting to the Dean, the VPK Lead Teacher is responsible for daily functions and management of the classroom. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Interactions with Children
  • Protects the safety of all children in the center.
  • Directly supervises children at all times.
  • Uses positive phrasing with children.
  • Communicates frequently with children throughout the day, naming objects, actions, using who, what, when, where, why, and open ended questions.
  • Exhibits behavior management consistent with Creation Kids Village philosophy of whole child living based on the CREATION Health principles, including reflecting children’s feelings, approaching children to speak with them, directing comments toward children’s behavior, not at the children themselves, etc.
  • Co-plays/interacts with children during play activities both indoors and on the playground.
  • Treats each child with dignity and respect, recognizing the cultural and socio-economic diversity of the population.
  • Responds to the individual needs and learning styles of children.
  • Responds to children in distress promptly and appropriately.
  • Is responsible for all mealtime activities of the group.  Helps children serve themselves family-style and sits with children; preferably eats with them. Monitors children closely during meals in the essence of the CREATION Health living principles.
​​Health and Safety Issues
  • Complies with applicable universal precautions and infection control guidelines and procedures.
  • Displays familiarity with and follows Creation Kids Village Health Care Policies.
  • Reports immediately any needed repairs to Center Coordinator as well as maintenance and improvements of the physical grounds necessary for meeting health and safety child care requirements.
  • Is responsible for the welfare, health, and safety of the children in the center.
  • Ensures that children are supervised at all times as well as in the bathroom.
  • Assists calmly in evacuation of the building in an emergency and in practice drills, and is able to respond to any emergency.
  • Cleans and disinfects mouthed toys before next use, chairs and toys when soiled or at least weekly, mats/cots weekly.
  • Checks on sleeping infants every 10 minutes, toddlers and preschoolers every 15 minutes.
Planning Requirements
  • Plans activities reflecting the anti-bias philosophy of Creation Kids Village with developmental appropriate group and individualized activities. Provides a well-balanced schedule of individual/group activities, and active/quiet activities with variations of structure.
  • Submits weekly curriculum plans to Center Coordinator by Friday for the coming week.
  • Plans open ended activities with an emphasis on process orientation and developmentally appropriate curriculum within the guidelines of The Creative Curriculum and/or High Reach Curriculum.
  • Plans supervised activities for outdoors, or indoor gross motor play during severe inclement weather which prevents outdoor play (at least 1 hour per day).
  • Keeps informal classroom anecdotal notes on children’s progress on an on-going basis.
  • Develops and maintains portfolios of children’s developmental progress, keeping records, work samples and other evidence of growth and development.
  • Prepares children’s progress reports for children with special needs every three months, or for toddlers and preschoolers every six months.
  • Reads to children at least twice DAILY.
  • Uses resources, such as libraries, to incorporate literature into the daily routine.
  • Prepares or makes available in advance, materials needed for planned activities.
  • Plans circle to include hands-on, interactive activities.
  • Sets individual goals and objectives for each child according to the guidelines of The Creative Curriculum and/or High Reach curriculum.
  • Plans and provides developmentally appropriate activities to assure smooth transitions throughout the day. Activities include active ways to transition children from and into each activity.
  • Integrates the CREATION Health Lifestyle principles within the planned activities and daily routines.
Interaction with Parents
Creation Kids Village establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with each child’s family to foster children’s development. These relationships are sensitive to family composition, language and culture.
  • Acknowledges parent and child with a greeting at drop-off and pick-up.
  • Communicates with parents daily, reports at least one positive event (accomplishment, amusing anecdote, etc.) about each child to the parent via Daily Connect.
  • Treats parents with dignity and respect, recognizing the cultural and socio-economic diversity of the population.
  • Makes parents aware of classroom and center activities, and encourages family involvement
  • Brings any parent feedback, concerns about children, etc. to the attention of the Program Coordinator before discussing with the parent, and documents all such parent conversations on Office Communication form.
  • Insures that items (papers, dirty clothes, etc.) are taken home and follows up with parents on items to be brought to the center.
  • Respects the confidentiality of families, and takes care not to speak in front of the children about that child or other children.
  • Participates in parent conferences as needed.
  • Accommodates special requests from parents whenever possible.
  • Trains new employees on responsibilities including Parent Interactions and signs off on completed training task.
  • Establishes a sense of trust with parents by ensuring high visibility and showing availability and genuine concern for each child enrolled in the program.
Classroom Appearance
  • Creates classroom environment reflecting the diversity of children & families and children’s interests, including all areas of the room; i.e. blocks, dramatic play, manipulatives, literacy, art, science, math, and music.
  • Labels shelves with pictures and words for easy identification by children.
  • Displays children’s artwork in an attractive manner, using borders and stenciled lettering.
  • Cleans floors, tables, chairs, and sinks after meals, when spills occur, or after messy activities. Sanitize according to infection control guidelines.
  • Maintains cubbies neatly, sweeping periodically, and sending home older papers and other belongings.
  • Leaves classroom at end of the day with tables cleaned, and floors free of debris and toys.
  • Shares cleaning duties fairly with co-workers and maintains a clean safe and attractive classroom.
  • Establishes a safe, healthy space for children that helps each child develop to the fullest in each area of development in harmony with the CREATION Health principles while in the classroom as well as outdoors.
Use of Supervision
  • Prepares for and contributes to regular supervisory meetings.
  • Attends, participates in, and contributes constructively to monthly staff meetings, Open Houses, Family events, Community Events, and required workshops. 
  • Informs Center Coordinator of any pertinent information regarding children, parents, or other staff
  • Sets professional goals and objectives.
  • Seeks supervision and remains open to supervisor’s suggestions.
  • Participates openly in peer observation process.
  • Meets deadlines in completing lesson plans, self-evaluations, newsletter contributions, progress reports, or any other reports requested by Program Coordinator.

General/Professionalism
  • Has good work habits, is in place and ready to work at scheduled time, and shows no undue tardiness or absenteeism.
  • Documents and remains current with state requirements for physical examination, First-Aid, CPR, in-service training, etc...
  • Tidies children’s appearances throughout the day – sees that shoes are on proper feet, tied, hands and faces cleans, etc...
  • Uses smocks for messy activities and bibs for infant and toddler meals.
  • Follows daily schedule of Creation Kid’s Village.
  • Follows opening and closing procedures as dictated by work schedule.
  • Acts as a positive representative of Creation Kid’s Village to parents and community.
  • Covers responsibilities (i.e.: prepares lesson plans and materials for activities for use by substitute) when absent.
  • Supports and directs new staff, teacher aides, volunteers, student interns etc. in the policies and practices of Creation Kids Village including classroom schedule, behavior management, lesson planning, classroom upkeep, etc.
  • Cooperates with and shows respect for co-workers at all levels.
  • Approaches problems in a constructive fashion, taking initiative to correct problems whenever possible, using the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as a guide.
  • Models professional behavior and appropriate communication at all times reflecting the CREATION Health living principles. Maintain a healthy and positive attitude toward the program, the children, the parents, and the team.
 
Required Qualifications & Requirements
  • Must meet ECE Lead teacher requirements including CDA and VPK certified 
  • Willing and able to pursue higher education in accordance with NAEYC, and state guidelines for Early Childhood Education teachers.
  • Current First-Aid and CPR certification
  • Physical constraints required include the ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, the ability to see and read newsprint with or without corrective lenses, to speak and be understood under normal circumstances, to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds, and the use of arms, hands, legs, and feet with or without corrective devices to accomplish the job, including evacuation of the building during emergencies.
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