Early Childhood Community Assistant
Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 - 4:00 (hours subject to change depending on needs of the school)
Job Assignment: The Early Childhood Community Assistant Teacher works within our early childhood community with Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers to ensure classrooms are fully staffed and supported. A high level of flexibility is needed as the Community Assistant may work in multiple classrooms, depending on what is needed that day. This person may assist during the work cycle, redirect children to work and aide children who need support.
Essential Characteristics: As a Community Assistant Teacher, one has to be especially patient and compassionate. Under the guidance of the Lead Teacher, it is the Community Assistant Teacher’s job to meet the child’s needs physically, socially and emotionally. Maintaining an open, loving and cooperative environment for children is all part of the job of the Community Assistant Teacher. The Community Assistant Teacher has to have an inherent love for young children. The Community Assistant Teacher must possess the ability to support the Lead Teacher in implementing lessons to meet the varying needs of the students. Candidates who have a degree and experience working in Early Childhood Education are most often considered for this position.
Consistent attendance is important to the students and the functioning of the classroom. The Community Assistant Teacher is expected to follow MAC’s policies regarding absences and to schedule optional activities so as to minimize disruption to the classroom.
Responsibilities that are required in a Community Assistant Teacher role:
- Maintain the prepared environment by implementing the Montessori ECE curriculum according to the specifics provided by the school and lead teacher.
- Follow lesson plans created by the lead teacher; engage with the students during the work cycle to meet the needs of each child enrolled in the classroom.
- Give lessons as directed by lead teacher on a one-on-one or group basis and assist children who may have trouble grasping concepts.
- Communicate with the children using language and tone of voice that is authentic, natural and, most importantly, kind.
- Promote feelings of security and trust in toddlers by encouraging and supporting them when necessary through activities and practical life skills.
- Seek balance when supporting the children: avoid over-assisting or abandonment while children are practicing new skills (dressing, putting on shoes, face washing, nose wiping, etc.). Remember the credo should be “help me help myself to learn to do it well.”
- Follow the children and the energy of the classroom to determine the needs of the students.
- Oversee and engage children during recess time; ensure that activities are stimulating, age-appropriate, and safe.
- Be available, present, and focused on the children during daily transitions (i.e., work cycle, walks, recess, lunch, and naps).
- Perform cleaning and maintenance necessary to keep the classroom and common spaces clean, beautiful, and safe.
- Maintain a positive work environment among all staff that is professional, kind, and inclusive.
- Uphold the MAC Characteristics of Excellence daily.
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