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Variable Preschool Assistant II

at City of Lakewood

Pay: $11.02 to $16.61/hour
$11.02 - $16.61
Posted: 2/5/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2276023

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

City of Lakewood's Statement of Excellence
The City of Lakewood is dedicated to upholding City values to include: Performance Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Collaboration. Best fit candidates will demonstrate innovation, customer service, dedication, passion and engagement. All people, citizens and employees, will be treated with respect, relevance, and importance.
About Community Resources
Community Resources is committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural services and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.  We value leadership, integrity, communication and connection, diversity and adaptability.
This position will be involved in providing quality care for children enrolled in The City Of Lakewood Early Childhood Programs.  Assists in maintaining a safe, clean, nurturing and supportive environment.  Assists with implementing developmentally appropriate programming; interacts with parents as needed; assists supervisor with special projects as assigned and maintains the classroom in the absence of the pre-school teacher.

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities

Assist in maintaining a positive and nurturing physical and emotional environment in the classroom.
Helps with lesson planning and implementation into the classroom routine.
Participates in the classroom by planning and implementing small groups on a regular basis.
Actively participate in and reinforce children's play indoors and outdoors.
Promote and reinforce children's oral communication.  Communicate with children at their physical level.
Enforce established classroom rules and limits for behavior consistently and calmly.
Follow classroom procedures for health and safety.
Follow procedure for reporting suspected child abuse.
Follow site procedures for maintenance and security at the beginning and end of each day.
Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner.
Requires regular and prompt attendance.
Assist in preparing and maintaining an orderly classroom environment.
Attend required trainings, in-services, and meetings.
Wash classroom dishes to insure that they are ready for the next use in keeping with food program guidelines.
Maintain sanitation of food service areas in keeping with food program guidelines.
Assist assigned children with "helper jobs" relating to food service in keeping with food program guidelines.
Supervision Received
Receives general supervision from the ECE Supervisor and Lead Teacher/Site Director.
Supervision Given

Essential Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related degree
An unrelated Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with two college courses in ECE (ECE 101 and an additional three credit college ECE class) and 6 months (910 hours) of verified experience in the care and supervision of four or more children under six years of age who are not related to the individual
A two-year college degree in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college or university and 6 months (910 hours) of verified experience in the care and supervision of four or more children under six years of age who are not related to the individual
12 semester hours in college-level credits in Early Childhood Education (one of the 4 three-credit courses must be EITHER ECE 101 or Guidance Strategies) and 6 months (910 hours) of verified experience in the care and supervision of four or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual
Current certification as a Child Development Associate (CDA) or Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) or other Department approved credential
A Current Colorado Level I Early Childhood Professional Credential or
completion of two courses in Early Childhood Education (ECE 101 and an additional three credit college ECE class) from a regionally accredited college or university plus 24 months (3,640 hours) of verified experience.
Current certification in CPR/First Aid
Must meet State requirements for Early Childhood Teacher

KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of NAEYC's Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Knowledge of Department of Human Services Child Care Rules and Regulations for childcare centers
Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
Ability to work effectively with children
Ability to remain calm during crisis situations
Acceptance of diversity and ability to work comfortably with the public
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Current physical exam and tuberculosis test results required, per Colorado Licensing Rules and Regulations.
Background check and fingerprints required.
Lifting and Carrying
 Must be able to lift equipment used in child care facility and small children
Must be able to lift coolers and carriers delivered with food service items weighing up to 40 pounds on a daily basis.
Pushing and Pulling
Must be able to push or pull playground equipment, i.e., tricycles, wagons, swings, etc. each day.
Must be able to move tables and chairs when serving meals and cleaning; need to transport children in a wagon in an emergency.
Body Positions
Moves about, bends, sits on floor, stands in activities with young children; must have good mobility in case of emergency evacuation of the facility.
Employee must be able to hear children in the classroom and on the playground or be able to communicate effectively with all children and families in the program.

Employee uses vision to read handwriting and other written communication including classroom lesson plans, memos, and policies and procedures.
Must have basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills for calculating data and teaching young children appropriate skills.
Must be able to remember children's names and abilities, classroom schedules and details of classroom management.  Must be able to retain information supplied by parents and staff and be able to transmit necessary information to co-workers and client families.  Must remember policies and procedures and apply them in daily work.
Language Ability
Must be an effective oral and written communicator with both children and adults.
Must be able to explain events on a child's level as well as understanding from an adult perspective; must be able to handle crisis situations appropriately.
Majority of the workday will be spent in a childcare setting.
Travel may be required locally to attend meetings or training sessions. 
Work involves continuous interruptions with the high need level of the children.
Noise level may be high at some parts of the day. 
May involve occasional weekend hours or evening training sessions.
Photocopying equipment
Personal computer
Fax machine
Sports equipment
Arts and Crafts supplies
Food Warmer/Microwave/Stove