The Preschool Instructor is responsible for the general supervision and management of a class of children. The instructor is responsible for the planning and execution of all the activities.
- Responsible for safety and health, giving first and foremost consideration to the wellbeing and safety of the children at both indoors and outdoors as well as assisting children with toileting and other personal matters. Comforts children who are hurt or distressed. Attends to sick children and those in need of first aide.
- Develops daily lesson plan that correspond to the High Scope curriculum and Reggio Emilia approach for weekly submission,
- Provides a daily schedule with a balance between quiet and active activities as well as between child-initiated and adult–initiated activities.
- Plans activities daily that are developmentally appropriate to each age and child thereby fostering exploration, investigation and creativity using a variety of materials and equipment as well as the galleries in the Miami Children’s Museum that develop self-expression and an interest in learning. Encourages children to question and explore the world in which they live.
- Monitors and Observes each child’s growth, development, and performance and notes behavioral changes. Maintains appropriate records and provides reports to the Early Childhood Director and families using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA). Detects signs of developmental disorders, ill health or emotional distress.
- Extends appropriate language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and conversations.
- Extends development of science, mathematics and social studies through experiments, problem-solving, exploration, classroom materials and museum gallery events that encourage children to think, reason and question.
- Portrays positive attitudes with children in resolving conflicts, identifying feelings, describing problems, negotiating differences and generating solutions. Teacher encourages cooperation and redirecting unacceptable behavior as well as using positive approaches to help children deal with anger and frustration.
- Committed to the concept of teamwork, sharing of ideas, materials and services. Works in a professional manner with peers, supervisors and assistants. Offers guidance in positive ways. Willing to share responsibilities and assume other tasks in emergencies.
- In-service course work, a minimum of 30 hours yearly, that reinforces the proponents of best practices for early care and education.
- Supports the goals, objectives and philosophy of the preschool. Adheres to policies and procedures in the Early Childhood Institute’s Staff Handbook and The Miami Children’s Museum’s Employee Handbook
- Other duties as assigned.
- 5+ years related experience.
- Sound verbal and writing skills. Strong organizational skills.
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Museum studies, or related field required.
- The Department of Children and Families 45 hours
- Pediatric First Aid and CPR certificate
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