Overview: To plan and implement a high-quality Therapeutic Classroom program adhering to Oregon Association of Relief Nursery guidelines and Quality Assurance Standards, Oregon Office of Childcare regulations, and best practices in Early Childhood Education. A Toddler Teacher will value and help to achieve the mission, and philosophy of Pioneer Relief Nursery. The teacher meets Oregon Office of Childcare requirements and requirements for a teacher according to the Relief Nursery Quality Assurance Standards. A toddler teacher may act as Substitute Director in the absence of the designated Director. The Teacher acts as a leader in the classroom, coordinating and working effectively with Teacher Assistants.
•BA in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred; Associate degree in ECE or CDA with experience, or Step 7 on Oregon Registry required.
•Enrollment in Oregon Central Background Registry must be obtained prior to start date.
•Enroll in the Oregon Registry Online (ORO) to receive a Step Certificate (may be completed upon hire)
•Current CPR, First Aid and Food Handler’s cards (can be obtained upon hire)
•Experience with home visiting and case management preferred.
•Ability to complete provided training required by Pioneer Relief Nursery, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, and the Oregon Office of Childcare.
•Valid Oregon Driver’s License and Insurance
•Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for Therapeutic Classroom for children ranging in age from 24 through 36 months using Conscious Discipline, the Therapeutic Classroom Guidelines, and Creative Curriculum as foundation.
•Engage parents in curriculum planning, explicitly focusing on responsiveness to diversity and cultural inclusion.
•Implement Conscious Discipline evidence-based social and emotional practices.
•Engage in thoughtful interactions with children to create a safe and therapeutic environment.
•Complete ASQ and ASQ-SE questionnaires for children in class at appropriate intervals, engaging parents in the assessment process as appropriate.
•Ensure lesson plans reflect activities and accommodations that will meet the individual needs and goals of all children.
•Create SMART goals for children and update as accomplished.
•Complete child status summaries weekly, including documentation of child goals and progress in a manner consistent with agency requirements.
•Maintain complete and secure client files, ensuring up-to-date enrollment paperwork as required by the Oregon Office of Childcare.
•With a supervisor, plan developmentally appropriate, and curriculum specific field trips and presentations to enhance learning opportunities for children. Include hands-on learning opportunities as appropriate.
•Ensure classroom documentation and practices meet Therapeutic Classroom Guidelines and the Oregon Office of Childcare requirements (Training will be provided by agency)
•Document meal services as required by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (training will be provided)
•Ensure classroom meets health and safety requirements (training will be provided)
•Participate in training related to Mandatory Reporting of child abuse or neglect.
•Make child abuse or neglect reports as necessary, including appropriate documentation. Supervisors are available to assist in this process.
Family Engagement Duties:
•Engage parents in home visits as required based on child’s age, adhering to the dosage as described in the Quality Assurance Standards.
•Document home visits, family contact logs, and other applicable information in the client file.
•Coordinate with supervisor and staff to provide needed services to families.
•Facilitate necessary referrals and community connections with families.
•Attend necessary community meetings and appointments as needed to coordinate holistic support for class families.
•Remain responsive to family concerns and the impacts that these concerns may have on a child’s participation during class.
•Encourage families to participate in Parent Connection Events and parenting education.
•Participate in and facilitate (when assigned) parent connection events and parent education events provided by Pioneer Relief Nursery.
Professional Development, Agency, and Community Collaboration:
•Participate in training as assigned by supervisor to meet professional development requirements as well as personal, professional development goals. Travel to training maybe required. Reimbursement or advance payment for travel related expenses will be included.
•Participate in staff meetings with full agency staff.
•Coordinated with Relief Nursery support staff, including supervisor and Teacher Assistants to engage all participants in lesson planning, goal setting, and program implementation.
•Discuss concerns regarding families, children, or staff with a supervisor.
•Engage in Reflective Supervision
•Play an active role in the development of a personal Professional Development Plan
•Participate in agency fundraising and community outreach events as assigned bysupervisor.
•May act as a Substitute Director in the absence of the designated Director.
•Participate in training specific to Director duties and qualifications.
•Supervise Teacher Assistants during class time, ensuring compliance to all policies.
•Direct and guide Teacher Assistants in the successful implementation of lesson plan, and curricula.
•Guide staff and child interactions, ensuring appropriate practices and safety.
This job description does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by employee. At all times, employees will be required to follow instructions and to perform any other duties at the request of the Executive Director to meet the needs of Pioneer Relief Nursery. This position will require adjustment and adherence to changing guidelines and progress toward quality improvement and best practices.
Salary: $18/hr. – $22/hr. Based on Education/Experience
Schedule: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Schedule may vary based on assigned duties.
Reports to: Program Director
This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer.