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The Teaching Assistant will assist and support the classroom teacher and therapy staff in program implementation and the day-to-day care and supervision of children.
Assist in the planning and implementation of daily classroom activities
Assist with organizing the learning environment, setting up learning centers, preparing needed materials and supplies, and maintaining applicable classroom documents
Supervise the classroom in the absence of the classroom teacher
Perform general classroom housekeeping duties, including: preparing snacks, feeding children, pottying and diapering children, and general clean up, etc.
Work under the guidance of the teacher and therapists and assist in developmental activities
Assist in maintaining a clean and organized room
Ensure a safe environment in the classroom with primary importance on the safety and well-being of each child
Attend and be a part of in-service sessions, staff and team meetings
Become knowledgeable about the individual daily needs and well-being of each child in the classroom
Ensure following Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines
Be willing to learn and be instructed in the philosophies and skills required for working in a special education, early childhood or infant development program
Independently provide instruction to small groups of children as assigned
Act as a support and resource person for families for the purpose of assisting the classroom teacher in case managing specific needs with families, advocating for parents and encouraging parent involvement in the program
Perform any childcare related duties as assigned
A high school graduate or the equivalent
Documentation of current CDA, or ECE certificate meeting or exceeding CDA requirements
At least 18 years of age
Minimum 2 years experience working with toddlers or young children
Ability to independently instruct a group of children for a limited time
Prior experience working with children with disabilities preferred
Must relate well to children and their families
Must pass DSHS background check (and federal background check if applicable)
Must have proof of U.S. citizenship or right to work
Training and certifications required by state licensing and NAEYC
The Teaching Assistant will interact with supervisors, coworkers, children, and parents on a regular basis. A professional demeanor and flexible approach are required, as well as knowledge of whom to refer to when faced with an unfamiliar issue.
Duties will be performed in the classroom, the kitchen, and on the playground. Occasional travel to other offices and/or childcare facilities may be necessary.
Able to lift up to 40 lbs. up to 20 times per day
Ability to frequently change position: stand, sit, stoop, kneel, bend, carry children
Must be highly flexible and adaptable, able to respond quickly to the changing needs of children, families and ESW
Work hours may vary to meet the needs of the children.