Under the direction of the Lead Teacher and/or the Site Supervisor or Education Manager, the Teacher Assistant helps to create and maintain an atmosphere in the classroom in which children feel welcome, valued, comfortable and secure. In addition, assists Teacher to involve parents in educational activities and participates in classroom activities.
EDUCATION: The Teacher Assistant cooperates with the teacher to plan a schedule of daily activities, to plan field trips and special projects. Prepares educational materials and classroom environment for daily activities. Acts as the Teacher in Teacher's absence.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: As directed by the Teacher, the Teacher Assistant will supervise play activities, participate in activities and direct small and large group activities. Will also observe, record and report children's behavior and play. They will help children with self-care routines and provide aid to children who experience difficulty or loss of control and intervene in situations where injury may result. May provide supervision in the classroom, at off-site experiences, field trips and on the Head Start bus (Bus Monitor).
CLASSROOM MAINTENANCE: The Teacher Assistant will maintain educational supplies and art materials, monitor equipment and supplies and cooperate with the teacher to maintain an orderly classroom environment. This includes assisting the Teacher and children with clean-up at mealtime and after playtime.
PARENT ENGAGEMENT: In addition, provides childcare during after-hour parent events at a minimum of two shifts per year. During events, completes intake forms with parents. Helps parents to feel comfortable in their role as classroom helpers and involves parents in activities and projects. Also, the Teacher Assistant refers parent's questions to the Teacher, as appropriate. To meet the changing needs of families, it may be necessary to schedule meetings and family events after regular hours.
Employee perks and benefits include:
United Children's Services of Bennington County/ Bennington County Head Start- Early Head Start operates 5STAR sites in North Bennington, Bennington, and Pownal VT, and serving children ages 6 weeks- 5 years and their families with comprehensive early childhood education. Our programs make up the Early Childhood Services Division of our grantee agency, United Counseling Services.
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An established leader and provider of health and human services in Southern Vermont, United Counseling Service provides nearly 3,000 people each year with a broad range of mental health, developmental and children's services along with early childhood education. Approximately 300 employees are making a positive difference at 16 facilities operating throughout Bennington County.
Our employees are creative, thoughtful, energetic, forward thinking and empowered. UCS is living its mission: Building a stronger community by empowering individuals to live healthy and meaningful lives. If you want to make a difference and help those who need it most, consider joining our team. UCS is a great place to work and a great place to get care.
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