Primary Purpose: Provide a safe and nurturing environment for each child which encourages their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum according to Creative Curriculum guidelines and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Review important decisions with his or her supervisor, and maintain positive relationships with parents, children, and co-workers. Ensure safety and supervision of children at all times by meeting the physical demands of the position.
INTERACTION BETWEEN FACULTY AND CHILDREN
Interact frequently, affectionately, and respectfully by smiling, touching, and holding children. Speak in a friendly, calm, soft, courteous manner within close proximity of the child
Respect and observe children’s interests. Intervene when needed to maintain safety. Enhance children’s play with language, toys, and activities.
Communicate directly with each child at the child’s level.
Engage and communicate constructively with individual children during activities and routines. Take every opportunity to positively extend children’s thinking and actions.
Be available and responsive to children’s needs, questions, and requests.
Encourage and model social behavior and expectations that are developmentally appropriate.
Acknowledge feelings with sensitivity and demonstrate appropriate expression of emotions.
Practice positive discipline techniques in guiding children’s behavior according to the SECCC and NAEYC guidelines.
Be attentive, flexible, and supportive of children and their families during transitions to and from classrooms.
Implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that reflects observations and assessments of individual children and goals jointly developed with parents.
Design an environment that responds to children’s individual developmental levels, physical and emotional needs, and current interests by consulting Creative Curriculum resources (i.e., Developmental Checklist).
Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities that foster social skills and encourage children to think, problem solve, question, and experiment.Foster positive self-concept by supporting individuality, independence, and the ability to make choices.
Encourage creative expression.
Demonstrate respect for diversity by providing anti-bias, non-sexist language, images, and experiences that reflect both the SECCC and global communities.
Plan a daily schedule that provides a balance of activities: quiet/active, indoor/outdoor, fine/gross motor, etc.
Plan and implement child-oriented, self-initiated activities while limiting large group, faculty-initiated activities.
Provide more than one option for group activity and maintain flexibility in changing planned activities, according to children’s interests.
Create documentation of children’s accomplishments through anecdotal notes, documentation panels, and/or portfolios and assist in the maintenance of a classroom portfolio in accordance with NAEYC guidelines.
Acknowledge parents and all classroom visitors. Demonstrate a friendly, courteous, and professional demeanor.
Respond to parents’ comments and concerns with sensitivity, interest, and respect. Maintain confidentiality.
Establish and maintain a primary care-giving relationship with individual children and their families that includes initial meeting with families during orientation period.
Invite input from parents regarding their child’s development and care.
Communicate verbally and in writing with parents daily regarding the development and specific activities of the children in their primary care.
Assist in planning and facilitating regular parent conferences to discuss orientation, transitions, and developmental goals for their child based on appropriate assessment tools (i.e., Developmental Profiles).
Assist in planning and attend Center/classroom events and meetings.
Share resources with parents through discussions, articles, parent boards, newsletters, and community contacts.
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION
Maintain and follow all safety and health rules of the Center
Supervise children at all times. Demonstrate awareness of entire group while working with a small group or individuals.
Supervises infants and toddlers/twos by sight and sound at all times. (Infant and Toddler Teachers only)
Assures Infants are placed on their backs when sleeping.
Know the number of children in your group and maintain ratios at all times.
Maintain accurate attendance records throughout the day.
Complete appropriate paperwork (i.e., incidents, medication, and allergies).
Encourage children to utilize appropriate health, safety, and nutritional practices.
Keep environment and equipment safe, clean, and attractive. Encourage respect for classroom materials. Notify designated individual in advance when supplies are needed.
Arrange space in clearly defined, well-organized activity areas.
Organize a variety of materials on low, open shelves for children to use independently.
Maintain confidentiality about issues concerning other faculty members, children and families, or the SECCC management and operations. Must not involve parents in Center concerns.
Demonstrate knowledge of ages and stages of development. Understand the general areas of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development for this age group.
Support the SECCC organizational mission, philosophies, values, goals, and policies to parents, co-workers, and community.
Ensure continuity of care for children by reporting to work on time and maintaining consistent attendance, and arranging and communicating leave requests in advance.
Respect and adhere to staffing schedules that may be adjusted as program needs change and may include working in another classroom.
Demonstrate flexibility and openness to new ideas in child care practices.
Attend faculty meetings, training sessions, and other SECCC events.
Continue professional growth by attending courses, asking for feedback, and reading professional literature.
Receive constructive criticism with an attitude that indicates a willingness to improve. Give feedback in a respectful manner.
Establish and maintain a relationship of cooperation and respect with co-workers
Assume a fair share of work. Look for ways to be helpful. Demonstrate initiative.
Assume additional classroom and SECCC responsibilities as needed: kitchen, pets, children’s files, etc.
Offer and share ideas and materials with co-workers.
Participate actively in teaching team through communication, collaboration, and curriculum planning.
Communicate directly, work to resolve conflicts quickly, and avoid gossip.
Exercise care in expressing views regarding the personal attributes or professional conduct of co?workers. Statements are based on firsthand knowledge and relevant to the interests of children and programs.
Follow state, federal, and the SECCC guidelines including immunizations, employment physical, and required health and safety training.
Ensure children’s safety while performing the following job functions:
Frequently lift, move, or hold children with a range of weight from 10 to 40 pounds. (Occasionally lift, move, or hold weight more than 40 pounds).
Supervise and interact daily with children outdoors for extended periods in varied weather conditions.
Demonstrate full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in activities.
Respond immediately and appropriately to multiple or unexpected situations or emergencies.
Maintain mental and physical alertness and an appropriate level of energy to perform essential job requirements.
Must be 18 years of age and have a high school degree or GED.
Meet federal as well as individual state requirements (i.e., TB test, physical, OSHA) and maintain credentials for the position (i.e., ongoing training).
A minimum of one college level early childhood course, unless state licensing credential, certificate, or required course work exceeds this requirement.
Preferred educational requirements:
Related Degree (Masters, Bachelors or Associates) in Child Development, Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child and Family Studies or related field, including Elementary Education, Special Education, or Psychology with relevant course work.
Child Development Associate (CDA).
Unrelated Degree (Masters, Bachelors or Associates).
Verify the following experience requirement:
One year child development work experience in a school, kindergarten, or licensed child care / family child care setting. (One supervised student teaching practicum is equal to one year child development work experience.)
Demonstrated knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum practice.
SCOPE OF AUTHORITY
Must have prior approval from supervisor to:
take time off from scheduled work hours/days or alter schedule
release a child to someone other than a known parent/guardian
discuss behavior or developmental concerns with a parent
purchase supplies or spend petty cash
contact a parent regarding a child’s temperature or illness
administer medication (in compliance with state requirements)
seek outside support services for individual children
schedule a field trip
transition a child into another classroom
May take action, but must inform Director when:
caring for a child with a significant injury
acknowledging and listening to a parent concern
filing a neglect and abuse complaint
recording an unusual incident
Additional Salary Information: strong Federal benefit package
paid time off
About Senate Employees' Child Care Center
The SECCC is a registered not for profit 501(c)(3) organization and is governed by a Board of Directors, primarily parents who work for the U.S. Senate. It serves as a model for parents and employers interested in working together to solve their childcare concerns. The Center maintains a cooperative relationship with the Senate. This relationship gives parents responsibility and control, and relies on the Senate to provide critical support to ensure the Center’s successful operation.Because the Center is nonprofit and parent-run, it is very much community oriented. The goal of this community of parents, professionals and children is to assure children daily exposure to a safe, nurturing, enriching, and age-appropriate environment. To assure we meet those goals, we use as our guidepost the guidelines provided by our accrediting body, the National Academy of Early Childhood Program, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The SECCC originally became accredited in 1989. We were the first center in Washington DC to receive accreditation and we have maintained continuous accreditation since that time. Because the SECCC occupies a United St...ates Senate building, we are an unlicensed program that voluntarily follows all District of Columbia licensing standards.Our program philosophy, curriculum, staff, structure, and governance are critical components in the quality of the program. However, that is not our only resource. We turn to each other– professionals with varying levels of experience and varied talents, and to the parents with their extensive array of experiences – to continually evaluate and enrich our program.FacultyOur carefully chosen staff makes our program a success. Professional standards are high, and the Center is fortunate to have staff so committed to their profession. Lead teachers typically have degrees in education with a focus on child development or early childhood education coupled with prior teaching experience. All associate teachers have a Child Development Associate credential or equivalent. Assistant teachers have formal child development training as well as field experience. The entire SECCC faculty receives a minimum of 15 in-service hours per year.