2- 3.5 Year Old Preschool Primary Teacher (Great Pacific Child Development Center)

Full time | Child Care
Location:Ventura Headquarters

Job Title:             Preschool Primary Teacher in 2-yearold classroom

Reports To:        Individual Classroom Manager

Location:            Ventura, California

General Summary  

The Preschool Primary Teacher in a 2-year-old classroom is responsible for all aspects of teaching for children ages 24 to 42 months. Responsibilities include: physical caregiving; child development assessments; implementation of age appropriate, individualized curriculum; facilitating supportive relationships with children, parents and colleagues; and assisting in classroom parent communications such as newsletters and activity calendars and classroom organization.

Essential Job Functions

The responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to the following:

Create a High-Quality Classroom

  • Infuse the classroom with rich language and facilitated learning through intentional teaching, multi-sensory learning provocations, songs, games and activities throughout the day.
  • Co-create and organize a stimulating and developmentally appropriate learning environment suitable for all of the children enrolled in the mixed aged classroom which is typically 2-3.5 years.
  • Ensure visual supervision and child safety at all times.
  • Create an instructional curriculum that meets the needs of each child with concern for his/her interests, individual learning style and pace of learning and allows for plenty of child directed learning and “free” play.
  • Form relationships with parents, children, and co-teachers that are respectful of individual differences, family styles and cultural/socioeconomic diversity. 
  • Plan and implement the Infant-toddler program in accordance with the policies, philosophy, and cornerstones of the Patagonia.
  • Offer guidance and direction to support staff.
  • Observe children on a regular basis and record observations.
  • Complete routine assessments of children’s development and share the information during regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences.
  • Create the highest quality program for Patagonia children, employees and teachers.  
  • Ensure a structured routine that allows for scheduled meal and rest breaks for the teaching team and maintains a flexible yet consistent daily schedule and routine for the children and parents.

Interact Positively with Children

  • Communicate with children, families and teachers in a positive manner.
  • Create a language rich environment to foster language skills.
  • Treat each child with dignity and respect.
  • Guide children in becoming responsible integral members of the group and community.
  • Facilitate for children to become actively involved in problem solving in the environment.
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate guidance practices for preschoolers in a multi-age program.
  • Encourage children to be responsible for their actions.

Work with Parents

  • Establish regular communication with parents about the child’s progress in the program, the child’s development, special moments that happen throughout the day, or specific issues as they occur on a day-to-day basis. 
  • Partner with parents to create an easy transition into the classroom.
  • Create an environment that embraces open communication with parents.
  • Coordinate and prepare for parent teacher conferences in a timely manner.
  • Provide Early Childhood/community resources and share information through a variety of mediums: bulletin boards, newsletters, emails.

Support Positive Staff Relationships and Administrative Functions

  • Be courteous and respectful of peers.
  • Create an environment that embraces open communication between staff to ensure a quality environment for children and families.
  • Contribute to classroom administrative tasks as requested such as newsletters, activity calendars, daily information sheets, daily attendance, shopping lists, daily staff-child ratios, etc.) in a timely manner.
  • Assist in providing appropriate support and fostering skill development in substitute and support teachers as well as field work students.
  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings and in-service trainings.
  • Direct issues to the appropriate persons in a timely manner.

Physical Requirements

  • Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
  • Continually able to lift 1-40 pounds from the floor to a waist high table.
  • Continually able to kneel down to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
  •  Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
  •  Continually be able to react to a child that is 20 to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
  •  Continually able to carry a child (1 to 40 pounds), up to 50-100 feet.
  •  Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
  • Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents and co-workers.
  • Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents and co-workers.
  • Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulation.    

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • High school graduate.
  • Two years’ experience working with young children.
  • Twelve (12) units in Early Childhood Education (Growth and Development, Child-Family & Community, Infant Development and one other program class).
  • Successful completion of the fingerprinting process and or successful transfer of fingerprints from another program.
  • Successful completion of the hiring packet.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of such programs as Word, Excel and Outlook.
  •  Excellent customer service skills in person and on the phone.
  • Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
  •  Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • AA or BA in ECE or related field
  • Understanding of RIE, CLASS and the Pyramid Model
  • Spanish speaking

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.