Catholic Charities – Head Start
Teacher Aide Floater- The Floater works under the supervision of the Center Director. The employee may be assigned to perform duties to include classroom assisting, nutrition, custodial, and clerical. If in the classroom, the employee will manage the classroom in such a way so that all areas reflecting Early Childhood Development Practices are adequately met. The employee will encourage children to: initiate activities, solve problems, explore, experiment, question and learn by doing.If in the kitchen, the employee will prepare food as planned by the Nutrition Coordinator/Consultant and assist in the implementation of family style service of meals, as well as the modification of menus according to the special dietary needs of children. If acting as a custodian, the employee will follow the regular cleaning schedule/duties.
Required Knowledge & Abilities:
- Knowledge of early childhood growth and development, as well as Early Childhood Education and best practices.
- Ability to communicate proficiently in English with children, families, staff and community agencies and partners.
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction and make mathematical computations and tabulations.
- Ability to operate modern office equipment (computer, fax, scanner, copier).
- Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and the internet.
- Knowledge of special needs of families and aware of ways to effectively communicate and assist them.
- Ability to be a mandated reporter for suspected child abuse or neglect.
- Ability to work in another position and at another school when needed.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; stoop; bend; walk; talk; hear; use hands to grip, type; reach with hands and arms, occasionally required to stand or walk on uneven surfaces; climb stairs; run.
High School Diploma or CDA with three years Early Childhood experience and ability to work continuously toward an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Proven proficiency in verbal and written communication skills.
- Use the Creative Curriculum and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Teaching Strategies Gold to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment for all children
- Follow lesson plans already created by permanent classroom teacher. (For short-term substitutes.)
- Complete lesson plans that reflect planning for individuals, small and large groups including IEP/IFSP goals and objectives as needed. (For long-term Substitutes.)
- Collect anecdotal notes on students. (For long – term and short term Floaters)
- Complete Teaching Strategies Gold requirements (For long-term Floaters.)
Ensure playground interactions are age and developmentally appropriate, as well as aligned with the Head Start Philosophy/Licensing Regulations.Follow the balanced daily schedule of child initiated and adult directed activities.Continue any modifications that are made to include children with special needs.Provide experiences and learning materials that are representative of children’s cultures.Communicate effectively with families during daily contact at the center.Complete daily health inspections and follow-up documentation.Complete and submit accident reports in the required time frame.Monitor classroom and playground for health and safety concerns.Ensure that sanitation, hygiene procedures and health practices are strictly adhered to daily.
- Input anecdotal notes
- Complete quarterly checkpoints
- Conduct Parent Conferences using the Family Conference form in TSG
- Responsible for the preparation of foods in order that sufficient amounts are prepared, high quality is maintained, and CACFP standards are met.
- Prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and snack within designated time frame according to menus, utilizing child size utensils during mealtime.
- Prepare and serve special diets as prescribed by a physician or other certified personnel.
- Check and store all food and non-food items in an orderly manner and report any shortages, defective items and other discrepancies to direct supervisor.
- Store food to meet Environmental requirements.
- Keep entire kitchen area clean daily, including stove, refrigerator, cabinets and equipment.
- Keep trash cans cleaned, lined, emptied and trash removed daily in kitchen area.
- Sweep, mop and/or vacuum all floors.
- Clean restrooms and replenish paper products.
- Ensure implementation of State Licensing Regulations, Head Start Performance Standards and agency policies and procedures.
- Keep trash cans cleaned, lined, emptied and trash removed daily in all areas.
- Other duties, as assigned.
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Location/Region: New Orleans, LA (70118)