Day Care Center Teacher I

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$41,253.89 - $68,755.86 Annually
Posted
Aug 13, 2022
Closes
Aug 27, 2022
Ref
22-02311
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides child care services to the Department on Neighborhood and Community Services, Employees' Child Care Center. The responsibilities include:

  • Plans and provides age-appropriate child care and educational programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years enrolled in the Fairfax County Employees' Child Care Center.
  • Develops experimental curriculum and enhances the environment according to children's individualized interests and needs.
  • Follows all program procedures to ensure the health, safety, and accountability of children.
  • Performs developmental screening and assessments.
  • Assists in the preparation of documentation for local agency, state licensing, and national early childhood accreditation standards.
  • Interacts with county staff, citizens and members of the child care community.

Duties are performed under the supervision of a Day Care Center Teacher II.

Note: This job announcement may be used to fill multiple full-time 30-hour per week Day Care Center Teacher I vacancies, all located in the Employees' Child Care Center in the Pennino Building in Fairfax, Virginia .

Schedule: Scheduling flexibility is preferred. Standard hours are Monday through Friday between 7am and 6pm.

Illustrative Duties

  • Plans, coordinates and presents a program of appropriate experiences for older school-age children or children with special needs;
  • Develops systems to safeguard the health and safety of the children;
  • Plans and prepares nutritious daily snacks;
  • Develops room arrangements to facilitate a variety of experiences to meet the needs and interests of the children;
  • Plans activities to involve parents in the center's program;
  • Participates in orientation, staff development sessions and teacher meetings;
  • Writes newsletter articles and prepares a calendar of activities involving a particular group of children;
  • Determines supply and equipment needs for their program.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of individual behavior and the growth and development of children and youth, and the impact of group relationships;
  • Knowledge of how cultural patterns, socioeconomic differences and/or physically and mentally handicapping conditions affect the behavior of children;
  • Knowledge of health, safety and first aid methods, and the ability to assume administrative responsibility for assigned areas of a health and safety program;
  • Knowledge of the factors which cause problems in children;
  • Ability to establish warm and supportive relationships with children, on a group and individual basis.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Completion of two years of study and training at an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in early childhood or elementary education, nursing, recreation, or a related field plus one year of related work experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Early Childhood Education degree
  • At least one year of experience teaching infants, toddlers or pre-school children in a childcare setting
  • Experience and/or knowledge of working with children with special needs
  • Child Development Credential
  • One-year early childhood certificate from a college or university
  • Certification of qualification from an internationally or nationally recognized Montessori organization, or other childcare related Virginia State license
  • Credentials and/or experience in Teaching Strategies/Creative Curriculum, Early Head Start or Head Start, and/or Virginia Licensing Guidelines.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete the following to the satisfaction of the employer:
    • Criminal Background Investigation
    • Child Protective Services
    • Tuberculosis Test

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • In conjunction with maintaining the room set-up, must be able to move quickly in order to respond to unsafe situations and have enough strength to separate children engaged in an altercation.
  • Must be able to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, kneel, crouch, reach, crawl, handle materials with manual dexterity, type on a keyboard and be able to lift up to 35 pounds.
  • Must be able to participate in all outdoor activities throughout the year; for example, field trips, pool excursions, hiking, etc.
  • All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.