The Teacher Aide works collectively and cooperatively with the classroom team to perform the daily learning activities necessary for a functional classroom environment that enhances learning and achievement, while meeting the individual needs of children as mandated by Head Start, state and local standards; and assist in ensuring the overall safety for all children involved.
Be a part of our mission.
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our teachers and other team members to help us achieve our mission one child, one family, and one team member at a time.
Our early learning programs create a child-centered environment that promotes learning, character development, healthy living and positive, nurturing relationships. With a commitment to meeting accreditation standards and extensive training and development in research-based practices,
you’ll also learn and grow and positively impact our children, families and communities.
Scope of Responsibilities:
- Assist the classroom team with the full implementation of Head Start, NAEYC, policies and procedures, regulations and guidelines in the day-to-day operation of children 3 -5 years, including developmentally appropriate practices.
- Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with children.
- Maintain awareness of children’s and their health and physical safety at all times and communicates to the teacher any unusual situations or needs of children.
- Assist with routines such as toileting/training, tooth brushing, hand washing, and meals promptly and consistently;
- Participate in planning and implementation of developmentally age appropriate indoor/outdoor activities.
- Positively interacts with and guides children while at play.
- Assist with preparation and set-up of the materials required to implement the daily lesson plan, indoor/outdoor.
- Support children and teachers with cleanup from activities and transitions among activities.
- Assist with documenting and gathering observations, photos and children’s work samples for child assessments, as assigned.
- Help with classroom management, arrangement, organization, and labeling materials.
- Actively participate in the upkeep and maintenance of a healthy, safe, and clean environment; regularly sanitize classroom surfaces, equipment, toys and laundry.
- Assist classroom team in meeting timelines for completing necessary paperwork, including entering data.
- Engage in continuing education and complete at least thirty clock hours of professional development annually, through participation in offered trainings, workshops, in-service days, all staff conferences and maintain log of professional development requirements.
- Serve as a role model for children demonstrating positive attitudes, appropriate language, proper grammar and interactions.
- Demonstrate appropriate attire, grooming and an effective work ethic.
- Assist with preparations for classroom/center activities and events.
- Perform other duties as required or assigned
Child Absue Prevention:
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
Commitment to Inclusion:
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations. Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities.
- High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) with up more than 12 college credit hours in Child Development or the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential specific to age group (3-5 year olds)
- Commitment to, and a passion for, the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s mission
- Continuous learner who leverages opportunities for learning and applies new knowledge and skills.
- Experience working with a collaborative, constructive peer group
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely present ideas and concepts and tailor communication to multiple audiences including team, families, and other constituents.
- Basic to intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and email; ability to learn and adapt to new technology
- Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Y Team competencies in previous experience or practice
- Meets physical qualifications required as outlined in job description and annual physical exam requirements. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
- Ability to obtain DCFS background check clearance and provide pre-employment medical screening documentation