Job Title: Preschool Teacher’s Aid

FLSA Status: Part time

Reports to: Preschool Program Director 

Hours: Monday through Friday from 12:15-6pm

POSITION SUMMARY: Preschool team members create a safe, fun, and engaging learning environment. We foster learning through play, reading, crafts, and activities. Preschool Aids help implement lesson plans in a small group setting and assist lead teacher in all areas. We strive to give our preschool students the best first experience with school possible and prepare our Pre-K children to excel in Kindergarten. We look after the safety and well-being of all children in our care and strive to establish good rapport with both the child and their families.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Mission driven • Greet children and families during drop off and/or pick up. • Actively engage with children in the room by playing, teaching, talking, singing, reading, pretending, crafting, etc. • Assist lead teacher in all areas • Create a warm and positive atmosphere for the parents and children. • Assist in preparing, leading, and cleaning up craft activities, daily lessons, games, stories, or movement opportunities. • Understand and enforce safety protocols. • Attend all job-related meetings and mandatory trainings. • Promote a team concept through a positive approach to supervision, communication, and interactions with others. • Manage program resources responsibly. • Help with cleaning and sanitizing of the room, learning manipulates, and toys. • Keep the Preschool Program Director (Lead Teacher) informed of parental concerns and schedule changes. • Demonstrate responsibility by following the daily schedule, consistently arriving on time for shifts, and being anticipating things that need to be done. • Assist with swimming lessons once a week.

QUALIFICATIONS: • Age 18 or older • Experience with children (toddlers & preschoolers) and/or formal education in early childhood education. • Hours are Monday-Friday 12:15-6:00pm or 6:30am-12:15pm. • Exemplify and encourage the four character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, and a willingness to carry forward the mission of the Y. • Must take the following trainings: CPR, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Child Abuse Prevention. Must take these within 30 days of hire and then keep them updated. • Must possess and demonstrate the ability to engage in all activities associated with the daily care and routine of children of multiple ages, including but not limited to: interacting with children at floor level, movement activities, lifting children, reading stories, engaging with small or large groups of children, leading/directing activities for large or small groups, and helping with toileting as needed. • Must possess oral, auditory, and written communication skills appropriate for interacting with children, parents, and other staff members. • Able and willing to work as a team member. • Must be able to lift 30 pounds from floor to approximately four feet off ground. • Must be able to sit on the floor, get up from the floor, stoop or kneel at child’s level.

COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: The Barbara B Jordan YMCA, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental, and physical well-being. Through group exercise classes, youth programs, swim lessons, adult health programs, and more, we aim to build a healthier Morgan County. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. 

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