The Lingenfelter Center
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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Confer with parents on a regular basis to discuss the development of their enrolled children.
- Assist with the presentation of early childhood programs and activities; when applicable assist with the organization and follow-up of special activities such as off-campus field trips.
- Assist with the completion of scheduled activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the enrolled children.
- Assist with the completion of scheduled activities to stimulate the children’s cognitive skills, abilities and development.
- Assist with the distribution of nutritious snacks and lunches.
- Assist with providing adequate equipment and activities.
- Ensure equipment and facility is clean, well maintained and safe at all times.
- Ensure children are supervised at all times.
- Provide various experiences and activities for children including songs, games and storytelling.
- Assist with providing opportunities for sleep and rest time.
- Build children’s esteem.
- Demonstrate genuine care for children through compassion, kindness and gentleness.
- Establish routines and provide positive guidance.
- Provide a safe and secure environment for children to feel comfortable.
- Initiate positive discipline when required under the supervision and direction of the Daycare Teacher.
- Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand.
- Keep parents informed of program expectations, program activities and their child’s progress.
- Assist with daily activity plans.
- Assist with transporting and escorting children as necessary.
- All other assigned duties.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Early childhood development theories and practices.
- Safe and appropriate activities for children.
- Federal, State and County rules that are applicable to a daycare facility.
- Facility emergency/disaster response and evacuation procedures.
- Safety rules, policies and procedures, infection prevention and control procedures.
- Abuse reporting procedures.
- Effective leadership.
- Use and care of equipment, tools and materials used in childcare activities.
- Following and maintaining safety standards.
- Following and effectively communicating verbal and written instructions.
- Communicating respectfully to the enrolled children and parents.
- Interact positively with children.
- Act as an appropriate adult role model.
- Give and follow written and oral instructions.
- Monitor for and recognize signs of child abuse.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.
- Identify when a situation cannot be handled and know when to ask for help.
- Be sensitive to children and their families and respond in a professional manner.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associate personnel, residents and children’s family members.
- Communicate orally; speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.
- Read and write clearly.
- Understand and follow, quickly and accurately, oral and written instructions.
- Maintain confidentiality and work under pressure in a dynamic environment with changing demands and priorities.
- Adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands and deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
- Comply with facility policies and procedures.
Regular contacts with associate personnel, children, children’s family members, residents and visitors.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Must be able to work with chemicals and cleaning agents
- Must be able to bear weight and lift 50 pounds or more unassisted.
- Must be able to work safely in an environment containing biological conditions which may be unhealthful or hazardous (such as bodily fluids and waste, germs, childhood diseases).
- Exposure to smells associated with toileting and children who are ill.
- Exposure to loud noises on a regular basis.
- Exposure to a variety of childhood conditions and elements common with a childcare facility.
- Must be able to wear protective equipment such as gloves.
- Requires constant physical activities including standing, walking, lifting, and bending, stooping, pulling, stretching, turning, grasping and reaching.
- Visual acuity to determine the accuracy, thoroughness and quality of work assigned.
- Aural acuity to receive detailed information through oral communication, often from small children with undeveloped pronunciation skills.
- Requires the ability to work with frequent interruptions with a workload that may be unpredictable and difficult to manage at times.
- Safety-sensitive position pursuant to A.R.S. 23-493.
REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRANING
- 16 years of age or older
- High school or high school equivalency diploma or current and continuous enrollment in high school or a high school equivalency class; or
- Enrollment in a vocational rehabilitation, as defined in A.R.S. 23-501; or
- Employment as a teacher-caregiver aide for 12 months; or
- Service as a volunteer in a child care facility for 12 months
SPECIAL JOB REQUIREMENT(S)
- Attend mandatory meetings and continuing education classes.
- Obtain/maintain Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Card at employee’s expense.
- Obtain/maintain CPR certification specific to infants and children.
- Obtain/maintain first aid certification specific to infants and children.
- Complete annual Tuberculosis Testing.
- Complete required 18 hours of annual training.
- Obtain/maintain valid Food Handlers Card.