Head Teacher - Nursery School


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Indian Valley YMCA
11 Pinney Street
Child Care
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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.   


  1. Design and evaluating a progressive, age-appropriate curriculum. Implement that program with comprehensive lesson plans and necessary materials to ensure premier quality and innovation.
  2. 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.
  3. Attend the minimum number of training hours per year as required by State law and/or accrediting agencies, as approved by supervisor.
  4. 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.  
  5. 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.
  6. Maintain accurate classroom records and emergency contact information, maintaining confidentiality of information provided by parents, staff and administration.
  7. Actively participate with children in activities and during play times.
  8. Report immediately to supervisor any evidence of child abuse including physical, mental, emotional and/or neglect.
  9. Comply with all state, accreditation, and YMCA regulations and procedures.
  10. Keep parents apprised daily of room activities and/or child(ren)'s progress.
  11. Perform other related duties, as assigned.


The incumbent must:

  1. 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.
  2. Bachelor's degree in child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation or related field preferred.  
  3. Experience using the Connecticut Preschool Frameworks, lesson planning, and observing and assessing children.
  4. Possess a general knowledge and understanding of the YMCA, its goals, and its mission.
  5. Bring to this position maturity, responsibility, and a sincere interest in working with children.
  6. Have very strong interpersonal and organization skills.
  7. Knowledge of various resources for programming ideas and the skills to utilize that information in directing daily activities.
  8. Computer literacy in the use of Windows-based programs including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook preferred.