Preschool teachers work with children aged between three and five. They plan and carry out activities in line with the requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the SUMHS Policies and Procedures.
This involves developing lessons plans to motivate children and imaginatively using Creative Curriculum and the Montessori Method to help them learn.
Teachers develop the social and communication skills of children and provide a safe and secure environment in which the child can learn. They build and maintain relationships with parents and guardians to further support children, as well as operate within the program to ensure the correct support is available.
Teachers record observations and summarize the children’s achievements. They focus on optimum child development and preparation for a successful transition to primary school education.
Teachers teach all areas of the foundation stage, which is focused on helping children to achieve early learning goals. Work carried out includes:
- motivating and stimulating children’s learning abilities, often encouraging learning through experience;
- providing care and support to children and providing them with a secure environment to learn;
- developing and producing visual aids and teaching resources;
- organizing learning materials and resources and making imaginative use of resources;
- assisting with the development of children’s personal, social and language abilities;
- supporting the development of children’s basic skills, including physical coordination, speech and communication;
- encouraging children’s mathematical and creative development through stories, songs, games, drawing and imaginative play;
- developing children’s curiosity and knowledge;
- working with others, including teaching assistants as well as volunteers, to plan and coordinate work both indoors and outdoors;
- sharing knowledge gained with other practitioners and parents;
- observing, assessing and recording each child’s progress;
- attending in-service training;
- ensuring the health and safety of children and staff is maintained during all activities, both inside and outside;
- keeping up to date with changes in the curriculum and developments in best practice;
- complete two home visits and parent/teacher conferences each school year.
What to expect
- Teachers work as part of a team with other staff including the Special Needs Coordinator, Family Health Coordinator, Family Advocates, Family & Community Coordinator and other program staff.
- You’ll be supporting children with a range of learning and/or behavioral difficulties from a variety of backgrounds, which can be challenging. However, it can be extremely rewarding watching the progress of the children that you work with.
- Dress code is casual but professional.
- The majority of your work will be in the classroom, gym or on the playground.
- The constant need for energy, ideas and creativity, as well as the necessary paperwork, can affect home life, as can activities out of work hours.
- Travel within the working day is rare, except to attend home visits.
For teaching roles you will need to show evidence of the following:
- a respect and fondness for children;
- excellent communication skills;
- good listening skills;
- the capacity to learn quickly;
- excellent organizational skills;
- the ability to inspire and enthuse young children;
- energy, resourcefulness, responsibility, patience and a caring nature;
- an understanding of the needs and feelings of children;
- ability to work independently, as well as being able to work in a team;
- a sense of humor and the ability to keep things in perspective.
The work is often active and you will need stamina to keep up with the needs of a large group of young, lively children. Creative skills such as music, dance, drama, arts and crafts are advantageous.
Apply online @ sucap.org or stop by the SUCAP office at 285 Lakin St, Ignacio, Co and pick up an application.
Questions? Call Melanie Brunson @ 970-563-4566.