Position title: Early Childhood Teacher
Reports to: Centre Director/Nominated Supervisor and 2IC
- To achieve organisation standards in relation to the care, health, hygiene, safety and curriculum of the service.
REPORTING POSITION: The following positions will report to the Early Childhood Teacher:
- Plan for the long-term, short-term and spontaneous needs of the children using observations and knowledge in relation to interests, skills, abilities, background and culture;
- Treat each child equally with respect and dignity, taking into consideration any cultural, socio-economic and other diversity;
- Role model appropriate behaviour and language;
- Speak to the children in a friendly, courteous manner encouraging children to extend their vocabulary and use of language;
- Establish and maintain suitable developmental records and observations daily based on the centre’s philosophy;
- Implement effective behaviour management techniques and strategies, which are consistent with the Centre’s policies; and
- Ensure that a safe, clean hygienic environment exists at all times.
- Be accountable to the Director for planning and implementing an Early Years Learning Framework/curriculum program based on needs, interests and development and the EYLF learning outcomes. It will be appropriate and suitable to the children in your care;
- Be responsible for developing a plan with specific individual planning, responsive to the special needs of the parents and children in the group. Make specific use of observations and family background information in the planning process;
- Create a friendly, secure, stimulating and interactive learning environment for the children at all times;
- Display your professional philosophy, aims, objectives, goals and program outline in your room for viewing by colleagues, parents and other visitors;
- Have programming folders available for the Director’s perusal at any time;
- Provide an interactive program for the mornings and afternoons when there is a combined group; and
- Ensure that the room has all documented signs, toys and equipment as per centre expectations.
- Maintain the procedures, policies and practices in the centre;
- Communicate these documents to families, colleagues, casuals and volunteers;
- Regularly review and update documents in consultation with other staff and families; and
- Contribute to the updating of the policies and procedure documents.
- Attend all staff meetings held bi-monthly and as required;
- Participate in at least two professional development courses annually;
- Implement methods of effectively using the skills of the staff members working with the children;
- Where possible, provide professional support, input and resources for other staff members;
- Contribute positively to the philosophy, goals and activities of the centre;
- Share information, professional knowledge and experiences with other staff, families and interested visitors;
- Attend conscientiously to the HEALTH AND SAFETY of each of the children;
- Develop a co-operative relationship with all staff members to ensure a smoothly operated centre and a consistently caring, secure and active environment where quality care and education is provided for all children at all times;
- Learn the names of the family members who pick the child up and develop a positive relationship with them;
- Plan and implement, in conjunction with the Director, methods of establishing positive liaisons with families attending the service;
- Be available for discussions with family in the morning and afternoon regarding individual child needs;
- Inform families about the program and consult them about their child’s individual needs;
- Encourage effective use of Communication Books, verbally and physically explain room procedures; and
- Be aware of the daily medication requirements and administer as per centre policy.
- Communication & Development
- Establish and maintain effective communication systems with staff and parents; and
- Participate in formal and informal processes of communication and professional development by:
- Attending a minimum of two in-services per year.
- Attending staff meetings.
- Ensuring information is passed onto families.
- Keeping staff and family notice boards updated.
- Reading and acknowledge weekly memos.
- Actively participate in seeking and establishing networks within the community;
- Be aware of the diverse needs of the community using the centre;
- Assist the Director in establishing a system of referral for families; and
- Participate and initiate a two-way relationship with the community, such as excursions and visitors to the centre.
- Maintain centre records as required for child records, planning, programming and evaluating;
- Maintain centre records as required for room routines, licensing, accreditation, time sheets and other administrative tasks as set out by the Director;
- Maintain clear and precise records for all aspects of managing the service; and
- Take the responsibility for the safety of the centre’s environment and its equipment. Report any damage or losses immediately.
- Have a sound knowledge of Education and Care Services National Regulations;
- Implement and adhere to all Department Licensing and regulations within the service at all times; and
- Train and mentor staff on the Education and Care Services National Regulations.
- National Quality Framework (NQF)
- Ensure high quality service outcomes are consistently delivered within the service; and
- Implement the NQF process into the centre that is consistently addressing and reviewing the Service outcomes.