As a temporary Early Childhood Associate in one ofour Child & Family Centers, you will assist in planning and implementingcurriculum and activities for the children that is developmentally appropriate.Maintaining a safe, clean, and orderly environment is also key and willcontribute to the children's growth (emotional, social and cognitive), whereplay and learning happens every day. You'll monitor the children's behavior anddevelopment, utilizing developmental profiles, and in turn evaluate activitiesbased on the needs of the children. Also, if you are interested in helpingothers start their career in child care you can by assisting with orientationand supervision of our practicum students and volunteers in the center. And ofcourse cultivate positive relationships with parents and answer questions whenneeded.
Assistin planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum andactivities according to NAEYC guidelines, DHS licensing standards, and center policy.
*Participatesin planning meeting with co-teachers.
*Collectsneeded materials and supplies in advance.
*Evaluatesactivities based on the needs of the children.
*Contributesto the preparation of the classroom newsletter.
*Assistsin maintaining records and submitting reports.
*Assistwith the planning and preparation of materials.
Maintainsa clean, safe, orderly classroom environment which contributes to the physical,emotional, social, and cognitive growth of children (per NAEYC, DHS, OSHA, RiskManagement, and Center policies).
*Monitorsclassroom and playground for cleanliness and safety.
*Cleansclassroom according to established policies.
*Complieswith center cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
*Limitstime out of the classroom and off of the playground when supervising children.
*Arrivespunctually for work in order to maintain appropriate adult-child ratios.
*Facilitatesdiscussions with children throughout the day in order to enhance languagedevelopment.
*Monitorstone and volume of own voice to ensure respectful interactions with children,parents, and coworkers.
*Assuresthat children are supervised at all times. Monitors clean-up and transitions inorder to assure the safety and security of all children.
*Positionsself in classroom and on playground in order to interact with and guidechildren.
Assistwith orientation and supervision of practicum students and volunteers.
*Discussesweekly and daily plans with co-workers.
*Communicatesnecessary information concerning schedules and activities.
*Offersclear directions to students, observers, and volunteers.
Assistwith maintaining children's records, such as daily report forms, anddevelopmental profiles.
*Monitorschildren's behavior and development.
*Reportsconcerns or unusual behaviors to lead teacher and supervisor.
Workswith supervisors to maintain inventory or supplies and materials; reportsneeded repairs immediately.
*Removesbroken toys and materials.
*Monitorsclassroom inventory of supplies and materials.
*Conductsnecessary repairs when possible.
Participatesin staff meetings, parent meetings/conferences, and opportunities forprofessional development.
*Reportsissues, concerns, or topics that need to be included in staff meetings.
*Attendworkshops and conferences as directed by supervisor.
*Demonstratesa knowledge and understanding of NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice,Department of Human Services Licensing Standards, Parent Handbook, and StaffHandbook.
Promotesand maintains confidentiality with respect to information related to children,parents, and co-workers.
*Avoidsconversations with parents concerning children (other than their own), parents,and co-workers.
*Limitsconversations with others when supervising and interacting with children.
*Answersparental questions appropriately and professionally.
*Modelsappropriate interactions and behaviors for children.
Profileof an Ideal Candidate
*Thisposition requires a High School Diploma or GED and 1 year of experience or theequivalent.
*Mustbe able to lift up to 40 lbs.
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is atop-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate,graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campusnear the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employingalmost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and facultyfrequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks ofbeing a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a placewhere your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and yourabilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought andcelebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best LargeEmployers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitanarea in 2018 (Forbes).
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About Vanderbilt University
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