The Teacher Assistant supports a classroom under the supervision of the Head Teacher or Teacher Associate in implementing quality early childhood programs. The Teacher Assistant plays a valuable role to the Early Childhood Program by participating in the development and execution of curricular programs, establishing professional relationships with parents, enriching and nurturing the lives of the children and assisting in maintaining a neat and organized classroom.
Skills and Competencies
- Work with teachers to implement quality early childhood programs, reflecting the philosophy of the child care program.
- Assist with lesson planning and leading assigned activities.
- Assist in the supervision of all activities to ensure the safety of each child at all times.
- Work with the teachers to maintain a neat and organized classroom and assist in the maintenance of equipment and materials as needed.
- Assist teachers in activities outside the classroom, such as playground or field trips, as necessary.
- Communicate appropriate information to the classroom teachers and the director.
- Communicate child concerns with classroom teacher and/or director prior to notifying parents or guardians.
- Ensure professional communication and relationships with parents, families and guardians.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Supervise nap time with the teachers by helping children rest if necessary and/or accomplish work within the classroom if the children are resting comfortably.
- Assist in maintaining all relevant state Child Care Licensing requirements.
- Maintain prompt hours, notify the teacher/director in the event of illness, maintain a neat, clean, and appropriate appearance and work cooperatively with all staff.
Qualifications and Physical Requirements
- Must be 18 years of age with a High School Diploma or GED and meet at least one (1) of the following qualifications:
- A Vermont Early Childhood Career Ladder Level One (1) or Two (2) Certificate; or
- A current CDA (Child Development Associate); or
- A State Board of Education approved Human Services Program Certificate that emphasizes child development or early childhood education; or
- Completion of the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals course; or
- Successful completion of three (3) college credit course in child or human development or school age care and education.