The Infant-Toddler Caregiver is responsible for all aspects of care to infants and toddlers while at the Great Pacific 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 children’s safety within the inside and outside environments at all times.
- Responsible for formulating relationships with parents and children that are respectful of individual differences, family styles and cultural/socioeconomic diversity.
- Responsible for ensuring that all meal and rest breaks for the staff and the changes in the daily schedule for the children [outside time, meals for the children, diaper changes, etc.] are done in an organized manner so as to create a sense of routine in the environment for the children.
- Plan, supervise and implement the Infant-toddler program in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the Center and the identified curriculum objectives.
- Strive to create an instructional Program that meets the needs of each child with concern for his/her interests, individual learning style and pace of learning.
- Provide appropriate guidance to Infant-Toddler support staff and actively facilitate their Program development skills.
- Design an organized, stimulating and developmentally appropriate learning environment suitable for all of the children enrolled in the classroom.
- Responsible for doing routine evaluations of each child’s development.
- Strive to create a state of the art childcare program.
Interactions With Children
- In an effort to develop each child’s language skills, responsible for communicating to parents, staff and the children in a positive manner. Strive to create a language-rich program.
- Treat each child with dignity and respect.
- Help each child to become aware of his/her role as an integral member of the group.
- Help each child to become comfortable with him/herself.
- Encourage active involvement in problem solving in the environment.
- In an effort to develop the children to be effective decision makers, encourage children to be responsible for their actions.
Working With Parents
- Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding the progress of their children in the program or specific issues as they occur on a day-to-day basis.
- Work with new parents to create an easy transition into the Program.
- Create an environment that embraces open communications between staff and parents.
- Attend all quarterly parent meetings.
- Provide Early Childhood/community resources as needed.
Supporting Positive Staff Relationships
- Attend and participate in all staff meetings.
- Attend all recommended in-service trainings.
- Direct and issues to the suitable person in a timely and appropriate manner.
- Complete all assigned paperwork (daily information sheets/daily attendance, shopping lists, daily staff-child ratios, etc.) in a timely manner.
- Assist the Program Director in conducting tours of the classrooms.
- Assist in the education and ongoing evaluation of fieldwork students.
- Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
- Continually able to lift 1-40 pounds from the floor to a waist high table.
- Continually able to kneel down to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
- Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
- Continually be able to react to a child that is 20 to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
- Continually able to carry a child (1 to 40 pounds), up to 50-100 feet.
- Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
- Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents and co-workers.
- Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents and co-workers.
- Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulation.
Minimum Job Qualifications
- High school graduate.
- Two year’s experience working with young children.
- Twelve (12) units in Early Childhood Education (Growth and Development, Child-Family & Community, Infant Development and one other program class).
- Successful completion of the fingerprinting process and or successful transfer of fingerprints from another program.
- Successful completion of the hiring packet.
- Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of such programs as Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Excellent customer service skills in person and on the phone.
- Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
- Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
- Preferred Job Qualifications
- Successful completion of RIE I.
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.