Job Title: Infant-Toddler Caregiver
Reports To: Program Manager
Location: Reno, Nevada
The Infant-Toddler Caregiver is responsible for all aspects of care to infants and toddlers while at the Truckee River Child Development Center. Such responsibilities will include: physical caregiving, developmental assessments, development of age appropriate/individually appropriate curriculum and facilitating supportive relationships with parents.
Essential Job Functions:
The responsibilities of this position will include, but not be limited to the following:
Early Childhood Programming
- Ensure the safety of the children within the inside and outside environments at all times.
- Establish partnerships with families that are respectful of individual differences, family styles and cultural/socio-economic diversity.
- Ensure that all meals and rest break for staff are done in a timely matter and be minimally disruptive to the children’s daily routines.
- Plan, supervise and implement a Developmentally Appropriate Infant/Toddler program in accordance with the policies and philosophy of TRCDC and the curriculum objectives.
- Conduct regular developmental screenings of each child using the tool provided.
- Conduct Parent/Teacher conferences after screening and whenever necessary.
- Create an instructional plan that meets the needs of each child using the screening results, anecdotal observations, children individual interests and style of learning.
- Observe children on a regular basis and record observations.
- Offer guidance and direction to support staff.
- Impact the lives of children and families every day.
Interactions with Children
- Communicate with children and families in a positive manner.
- 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 infants and toddlers.
- Encourage children to be responsible for their actions.
Interactions with Parents
- Establish regular communication with parents regarding their child’s progress in the program or on specific issues arise.
- Partner with parents to create an easy transition in to the program.
- Create an environment that embraces open communication with families.
- Facilitate quarterly parent meetings and other parent involvement activities.
- Provide Early Childhood/community resources as needed.
Interactions with Staff
- Attend and participate in all staff meetings.
- Attend In-Service trainings and workshops.
- Be courteous and respectful of peers.
- Direct issues to the appropriate persons in a timely manner.
- Supervise support staff.
- Complete all pertinent classroom paperwork (daily reports, attendance, shopping lists, staff-child ratios, etc.) in a timely matter.
- Assist the Program Director in conducting tours of classrooms.
- Assist in the education and supervision of fieldwork students.
- Able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day.
- Able to supervise children outside being out in the sun, snow and changing temperatures.
- Able to lift up to 40 pounds from the floor to waist high table.
- Able to push a cart/buggy/stroller weighing up to 100 pounds for up to 3 miles.
- Able to walk or run as job dictates.
- Able to kneel down to children eye level.
- Able to sit on the floor to work with children.
- Able to react to a child that is up to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
- Able to carry a child up to 40 pounds, up to 100 feet.
- Able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside or outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/body fluids.
- Able to do fine and medium hand manipulations.
- Able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working daily with children, staff and parents.
Minimum Job Qualifications:
- High School graduate
- Two years of experience working with children
- Twelve (12) units in Early Childhood Education
- Successful completion of Work Permit Process
- Successful completion of hiring packet
- Successful completion of Washoe County Department of Social Services core classes (Child Abuse and Neglect, SIDS, CPR/First Aid, Communicable Diseases, Nutrition, Child Development) within 90 days of hire
- Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of Word, Excel and Outlook
- Able to work in collaboration with classroom team
- Ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job
- Demonstrate initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility
- Other duties as assigned
Preferred Job Qualifications:
- Successful completion of RIE I.
- AA/BA in Child Development/Early Childhood Education.
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperation and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.