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Head teacher Care-a-lot Child Care Rochester, United States



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Education, Childcare

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Thu Jan 21, 2021
Posted Date


Thu Jan 07, 2021

Job Summary

To be responsible for the general supervision (of children and classroom staff) and management of one classroom by performing the duties necessary to provide a safe, nurturing, stimulating and educational environment for children. This includes allowing the children to grow at their own pace and gain in social, physical, emotional and cognitive development.

Job Description


Works as a Team with: 

Head Teacher in adjoining or designated classroom(s)

  1. Jointly develops lesson plans and classroom activities with Head Teacher.

  2. Manages classroom in cooperation and conjunction with Head Teacher.


  1. Able to observe, see, hear and respond to children's needs, emergencies and conflicts that might occur in a classroom, on the playground, other Center areas, or on field trips.

  2. Able to lift approximately 30 pounds from the floor to a waist high table 25 - 30 times daily.

  3. Able to reach a child 20 - 30 feet away within 30 seconds.

  4. Able to crouch to a child's height, maintain eye contact at the child's level, and sit on the floor for extended periods of time on a regular basis.

  5. Good health as confirmed by a physician's statement and proof of being free of tuberculosis.

  6. New York State Registry clearance.

  7. Criminal History Fingerprint clearance.


  1. Adhering to all policies and procedures of Care-a-lot Child Care and the childcare licensing regulations of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

  2. The care, safety and well-being of all children in the classroom, including attending to children's personal needs, e.g., diapering, toileting, feeding, washing, clothing, comforting, preparing for rest.

  3. Planning and implementing an age-appropriate, open-ended program which coincides with the philosophy of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

  4. Preparing an inviting, clean and organized classroom environment with learning centers and hands-on activities which coincides with the philosophy of NAEYC.

  5. Delegating program responsibilities to an appropriate person in his/her absence.

  6. Interacting frequently with children in a positive, respectful, responsive and encouraging manner which follows the guidelines of NAEYC.

  7. Orienting and actively supervising children by overseeing both small and large groups of children.

  8. Developing parent relationships and communicating directly with parents on a regular basis, including classroom orientation, daily child activity reports, and at least biannual progress reports.

  9. Maintaining classroom records and keeping necessary written documentation.

  10. Maintaining knowledge of classroom children's allergies, advising all staff and acting accordingly.

  11. Maintaining a positive work climate, meeting deadlines and organizing classroom procedures.

  12. Communicating effectively and directly with other staff.

  13. Providing timely supervisor reports outlining needs, problems, suggestions for improvement, etc.

  14. Supervising, training, coaching and developing staff assigned to the classroom.

  15. Measuring progress of children and staff and creating systems to improve, modify and remediate.

  16. Assisting supervisor and rendering staff support to all other classrooms and employees as necessary.

  17. Supervising and maintaining general housekeeping and repair of assigned areas and common space.

  18. Performing administrative duties as necessary for the classroom and Center operations.

  19. Maintaining current Aspire account to record education and training with QualitystarsNY.

  20. Completing 15 hours of early childhood training within the first 6 months and every year thereafter.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of NYS childcare regulations

  2. Knowledge of and ability to implement developmentally appropriate practices and age-appropriate activities which correspond with NAEYC guidelines.

  3. Effective and tactful oral and written communication skills.

  4. Effective supervisory skills and role modeling practices.

  5. Ability to maintain positive relationships with children, co-workers, and parents.

  6. Ability to use constructive methods for maintaining group control and individual behaviors.

  7. Ability to use sound judgment and tact.

  8. Ability to work on a team as a team leader.

  9. Ability to organize and problem solve effectively.

  10. Flexibility (especially in scheduling and practice to respond to the needs of the program).

  11. Creativity and patience.

Training and Experience:

Preschool Head Teacher

  1. Associate degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or related field, OR

  2. Child Development Associate (CDA) or 9 college credits in Early Childhood, Child Development or a related field AND two years’ experience related to caring for children.

Infant / Toddler Head Teacher

  1. In addition to the above, 1 year of specific training and/or experience in infant or toddler care OR

  2. Infant / Toddler Child Care Credential

School-Age Head Teacher

  1. Associate degree in Child Development, recreation, or related field OR

  2. High School Diploma AND two years’ experience working with children under 13 years of age.


  1. Demonstrated commitment to and interest in professional growth through education, work experience and involvement with the early childhood community.

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