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Assistant Teacher

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description
An assistant teacher at The Goddard School is responsible for helping to establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment. Additionally, an assistant teacher is responsible for working with a lead teacher and in conjunction with the entire faculty.


An assistant teacher must meet the qualifications of his or her state and the following qualification
  • the ability to understand and support the education program using "learning through play" philosophy;
  • the ability to interact closely with children at their level;
  • the ability to keep children within sight and sound supervision at all times;
  • the ability to change children's diapers and/or assist in toileting (where necessary);
  • the ability to understand and comply with the franchisee's employment policies;
  • the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with school personnel, children and parents;
  • the ability to handle crisis situations, including assisting in evacuating the building during emergencies; and
  • the ability to comply in all respects with all applicable laws and regulations relating to childcare.

An offer of employment may be made contingent on the following:
  • [A current physical examination by a physician, including a current tuberculin test or chest x-ray;] [may or may not be required by state regulations and/or by franchisee]
  • An approved criminal record check as required by state regulations.

An assistant teacher must meet one of the following educational requirements:
  • a private academic teaching certificate for nursery school through kindergarten or early childhood education;
  • proof of the teacher's current enrollment in a CDA credentialing program;
  • proof of the teacher's current enrollment in an accredited associate's or bachelor's degree program in early childhood education or a related field.


The assistant teacher's responsibilities include assisting the lead teacher in implementing the lead teacher's responsibilities. The lead teacher's responsibilities include the following:

Establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment

· Design an appropriate room arrangement to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom

· Develop an appropriate classroom management system to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom

· Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair

· Understand and implement The Goddard School® emergency procedures

· Promote healthy eating practices at lunch and snack times

· Ensure that children are always within state ratio requirements

· Perform minor cleaning responsibilities (e.g., spills) immediately

· Perform major cleaning during times when children are not present

· Post a classroom schedule that meets the needs of the children and includes a routine and learning opportunities

· Post and adhere to all GSI Health and Safety policies and procedures

Advance children's physical and intellectual competence

· Adapt program to meet the individual needs of each child

· Create a multi-cultural learning environment

· Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities to engage children in learning

· Interact with the children to support play, exploration and learning

· Encourage children to talk with each other and with the faculty

· Present age- and developmentally-appropriate expectations for all children

· Create a print-rich environment in order for children to learn about books, literature and writing

· Encourage creativity through art, music, dramatic play and blocks

· Provide a reasonable balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities

· Provide opportunities for both active and quiet play

· Integrate GSI-approved resources (including Enrichment Programs) into lesson plans

Support each child's social and emotional development and provide positive guidance

· Understand and adhere to the GSI Behavior Policy

· Plan and implement activities to develop children's self-esteem and social skills

· Plan and implement activities to enable children's feeling of security

· Encourage empathetic and respectful feelings for others, as well as the environment, through positive modeling

· Respect cultural and ethnic diversity

Establish positive and effective family relations

· Communicate, in a professional manner, with families and faculty

· Encourage families to become an integral part of their children's learning experiences

· Provide opportunities (e.g., conferences) in which families are made to feel a part of their children's learning experiences

· Prepare a Daily Activity Report for each child

· Maintain a portfolio for each child

· Maintain the classroom Parent Board

Ensure an effective program, responsive to children's needs

· Assess supplies and materials needed to implement activities

· Build teamwork

· Develop lesson plans

· Manage classrooms according to GSI QA Standards

· Perform child observations and document in their portfolios

· Use assessment tools (e.g., Progress Reports, Children's Progress)

Maintain professional commitment

· Promote "learning through play" philosophy and educational objectives

· Support a code of ethical conduct

· Pursue professional development/continuing education

· Attend faculty meetings, in-service days, conferences and professional growth opportunities
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