Center teaching staff support the planning and implementation of CDI’s program for children ranging in age from toddlers, pre-school, kinder, and school age, depending on the site. CDI Teachers must be able to facilitate a variety of age appropriate activities, support children’s’ social emotional development, and ensure all children are supervised at all times in a healthy and safe environment.
- Create and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum directly connected to the interests and development of children and youth, supported by learning frameworks and foundations that promote positive child/youth development
- Keep children/youth healthy and safe by connecting proper supervision, positive interactions, healthy habits, and compliance
- Create, implement and maintain intentional, enriched and supportive learning environments connected to curriculum and quality experiences that are appropriate for all children
- Provide excellent customer service by establishing and maintaining authentic connections and reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships with children, youth, families, schools, communities and center/classroom team
- Work collaboratively with each other connecting work place values, education and experience to provide the highest quality programs and creative workplaces
All teaching staff are expected to demonstrate behaviors that are essential for successful programs and environment including the following:
- Positive interactions with children and youth
- Maintain kind, respectful, and safe emotional and physical environments for children
- Be on time and present on regularly scheduled basis
- Be active in outdoor and indoor programs
- Be physically and mentally capable of interacting with children up to 13 years of age, meeting all their needs and ensuring their safety
- Be aware of and implement safety guidelines; report any health & safety issues or incidents to management, and remain calm if providing first aid (as needed) during emergency situations
Physical and Environmental conditions: Teaching staff are responsible for various program elements on a daily basis and will routinely be exposed to indoor and outdoor elements. Teaching staff may be required to:
- Visually inspect the environment for hazards to children; identify hazards and implement preventative actions (i.e., set up cones to limit the play area) to maintain a safe environment for children
- Be comfortable with occasional loud noise in or outside the classroom during active/loud activities
- Be comfortable with frequent bending, lifting, twisting, reaching, pushing and pulling
- Push, lift, carry, and hold various objects up to 15 lbs. - by individual or team effort - such as equipment carts, emergency back packs, food coolers, classroom furnishings, and other similar program materials
- Work inside the classroom or outside the room in all weather conditions which are safe for children.
- Traverse various terrains (grass, blacktop, dirt) and heights (ladders, playgrounds) depending on the school outdoor environment
- Adapt to the physical level of children (example, sitting on the floor, kneeling, squatting) for activities and problem-solving/interactions
- Supervise field trips to destinations such as aquatics parks, beaches, and trampoline parks
Teachers are the individuals with the highest educational qualifications assigned to a group of children/classroom/center/program. They may also direct/supervise other members of the teaching team.
Education and permit requirements may vary by center needs and/or require age group specific units depending on the program, such as Infant, Toddler, School-Age, Title 5 or Title 22 status.
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