This job can be full or part-time. The Individual Aide will work one on one with a 4 yr-old child in a preschool classroom at Turtle Island Children's Center.
Turtle Island Children's Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is a year-round play and nature based early childhood program, serving infants through pre-Kindergarteners. We are located on magnificent grounds along the North Branch River in the Capital City of Montpelier, Vermont. Early childhood is a time of wondrous intellectual development as well as social and emotional learning. Children are explorers and investigators. As caring educators, we provide a diverse, natural environment for their pursuits.
We spend most of our days outdoors and on adventures in the woods surrounding our campus. Our operating hours are 8:00-3:30.
The Individual Aide will be embedded in a preschool classroom, working 1:1 with a child alongside a supportive team of teachers. The Aide will support the child's engagement in school and ensure they are safe and well cared-for, while proactively communicating effectively, professionally and respectfully with team members, administrators and families. The Aide will coordinate and collaborate with teachers to create and maintain a safe, responsive and healthy physical environment that fosters the physical, emotional and cognitive development of young children.
*High School Diploma required; credential and/or coursework in early childhood education, human development and/or special education strongly preferred
*Experience working in special education and/or with individuals with autism preferred
*Demonstrate basic understanding of the developmental needs of young children; responsiveness to the intellectual, emotional and social needs of children
*Show flexibility to work as a team member and a part of a learning community
*Love and respect for children, teachers and the labor of early childhood education
*Must be at least 18 yrs. of age
*Be able to kneel, bend, squat, lift, push, pull, and carry (children) up to 60lbs if necessary
*Energy, motivation and excellent communication skills
*Meet annual professional development requirements, per Vermont state regulations