Head Teacher - Nursery School
The Nursery Head Teacher is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of their room, and for compliance with state regulations and YMCA policies/procedures.
Provides a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on the YMCA values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.
- Design and evaluating a progressive, age-appropriate curriculum. Implement that program with comprehensive lesson plans and necessary materials to ensure premier quality and innovation.
- Manage classroom, maintain control, and serve as a role model with clear rules for safety and mutual respect, age-appropriate discipline methods and a program that demonstrates knowledge of child development. Monitors ratios.
- Attend the minimum number of training hours per year as required by State law and/or accrediting agencies, as approved by supervisor.
- Support and contribute to a safe, clean environment for staff and customers, ensuring a healthy environment in which a child can develop mentally, socially and emotionally.
- Consistently provide friendly, courteous assistance, exceeding customers’ expectations every day, which includes building and maintaining healthy professional relationships with parents, children, host agencies, and staff.
- Maintain accurate classroom records and emergency contact information, maintaining confidentiality of information provided by parents, staff and administration.
- Actively participate with children in activities and during play times.
- Report immediately to supervisor any evidence of child abuse including physical, mental, emotional and/or neglect.
- Comply with all state, accreditation, and YMCA regulations and procedures.
- Keep parents apprised daily of room activities and/or child(ren)'s progress.
- Perform other related duties, as assigned.
The incumbent must:
- A minimum of an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field AND two years direct experience working with children ages 3 to 5 years, including two years in a supervisory capacity.
- Bachelor's degree in child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation or related field preferred.
- Experience using the Connecticut Preschool Frameworks, lesson planning, and observing and assessing children.
- Possess a general knowledge and understanding of the YMCA, its goals, and its mission.
- Bring to this position maturity, responsibility, and a sincere interest in working with children.
- Have very strong interpersonal and organization skills.
- Knowledge of various resources for programming ideas and the skills to utilize that information in directing daily activities.
- Computer literacy in the use of Windows-based programs including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook preferred.