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The Teacher Associate I is responsible for maintaining a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment in accordance with all curriculum and program established standards.
A day in the life of a Teacher Associate 1 at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
- Provides support to the Teacher/Teacher Associate II in implementing both long and short range activities in accordance with educational component plans, curriculum objectives, developmentally appropriate practices and program philosophy.
- Participates and conducts one-on-one activities with small groups of children during instruction and lesson review.
- Actively participates in all activities with the children throughout the day.
- Guide children who need extra support to complete tasks.
- Willingness to follow instructions and work in a supporting role.
- Exercises open and respectful communication with families, team members, supervisors and other center staff.
- Work collaboratively with families, team members, supervisors and other center staff.
- Devoted to building a nurturing learning environment that fosters appropriate skills and social attitudes in the children.
- Helps to maintain a safe and healthy environment within the guidelines established by the Office of Licensing.
- Maintains and meets educational requirements as it relates to the NAEYC Accreditation Standards and Criteria.
- Maintains and meets all required licensing requirements for the Department of Children and Families-Office of Licensing.
- Encompasses knowledge and understanding of Grow NJ Kids Rating System, Criteria and Applications.
- Contributes information to the children¿s anecdotal records and child’s developmental needs.
- Participates in lesson plan review, team meetings and learning environment communication sessions.
- Attends and participates in professional development, meetings and conferences.
- Other duties and/or projects as assigned.
- Adheres to HMH Organizational competencies, job competencies and standards of behavior.
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in a child care setting or related field. Advanced degree also accepted in lieu of experience requirement.
- A talent for fostering children’s appetite for learning.
- Creative and resourceful, combined with strong planning and organizational skills.
- Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills, as well as comprehensive knowledge of classroom activities and teaching methods.
- Genuine interest in children and respect for their individuality.
- The ability to establish positive relationships with families and other professionals.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
- Must maintain Pediatric First Aid/CPR AED certifications and active NJCCIS registry within 30 days of hire (NJCCIS-New Jersey Child Care Information System for early childhood professionals serving children birth through age thirteen).
Licenses and Certifications Preferred:
- Child Development Associate Certification(CDA)/Child Care Professional Certificate (CCP) in early childhood or related field (or pursuing), and two or more years of experience working in an early childhood setting; or continuing education to receive an Associate Degree in early childhood or related field.