To create and advance high quality, diverse educational communities that teach children the foundations of life-long learning and social responsibility.
The Early Learning Assistant Teacher plays a dynamic role at Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day in providing quality services in our ECE programs. The Early Learning Teacher is responsible for helping to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment that stimulates, nurtures and leads children’s’ social, emotional, physical and academic growth. The Early Learning Teacher, along with the Lead Teacher, is responsible for program spaces, and must ensure that the spaces are safe, interesting, engaging, and reflect the diversity of our society.
The Early Learning Teacher participates in planning learning activities that are balanced in all areas and include: active/quiet, long/short, group/individual, cognitive/physical, large group/small group and child initiated/teacher directed. Attention is given to the childrens ideas and curiosities in influencing the direction of daily activities. The Early Learning Teacher, as part of a team, implements Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day policies, procedures and practices in an organized and thorough manner. Teamwork is a critical component of the Early Learning Teacher position. Lead Teachers regularly meet with their team, other staff and Program Director to develop programs that follow the Wonders Early Childhood Curriculum and promote the Wonders philosophy and ideals.
Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day actively supports the career and professional advancement of Assistant Teachers through continuing education. A minimum of 24 hours of such training is required yearly.
This is a full time, 12 month position.
Meet with your team to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate
program based on Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day philosophy and
Participate in regular meetings with your Program Director, staff and team
Maintain open communication with Head Teacher regarding children, families
and team members
Assist in orienting and training new team members for classroom responsibilities.
Share teaching responsibilities with all team members
Plan and participate in special events for children and families
Ensure that all spaces used by the program:
o Are physically and emotionally safe
o Are interesting and engaging for children
o Are clean and organized
o Reflect and support the lives and work of the children present
Revised August 2016
- Introduce children to the diversity of our society
- Recognize and demonstrate understanding of typical and atypical development of infant to five year old children, help manage atypical or disruptive behaviors of children by collaborating with team
- Communicate with families on a regular basis to:
- Inform them of classroom curriculum and activities
- Solicit information about their child’s development and family events
- Assist Lead Teacher in preparing for conferences with families
- Participate in accreditation and re-accreditation processes for your site
- Maintain children’s classroom records as defined by your Program Director
- Attend a minimum of 24 hours of MSDE/OCC approved staff training yearly
- Maintain Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification
- Maintain a clean, sanitary, healthy and a friendly classroom environment following NAEYC guidelines
- Follow NAEYC Ethical Code of Conduct
- Recognize and report signs of illness, child abuse and safety hazard to appropriate authorities
- Help to develop behavior management strategies based on Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day policy in collaboration with team members, Program Director, parents and childcare professionals / therapists across disciplines
- Become familiar with and abide by all Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day policies, including those in the staff handbook, parent handbook and terms of employment
- Minimum of AA in Early Childhood Education, or 90 hour Preschool Course (if degree is not in ECE), or CDA credential
- 9 hour Communication course (if candidate does not have a college degree or college units)
- Must qualify as Maryland State Senior Staff
- A minimum of 1 year classroom experience with children
- Strong communication skills
- Creative, nurturing, dependable, and fun
Reports to Program Director
Commensurate with education and experience.
Our Mission is to create and advance high quality, diverse educational communities that teach children the foundations of life-long learning and social responsibility. Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day is a non profit organization that has been serving children and families for over 40 years. The Wonders staff come from diverse cultural backgrounds and varied work experiences and share a commitment of respect for all children. Wonders creates learning communities that value our partnership with families and understands the important role parents have in their children's learning and growth.