Childcare AssistantHills & Dales, Dubuque, IA
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Hills & Dales, a not-for-profit human services organization provides services to children and young adults with severe and profound mental and physical disabilities. It has always been the primary focus to serve people with significant medical needs. Hills & Dales values a quality of life that enhances dignity, upholds rights and encourages choices by the individual.
"It is our work, guided by our mission of building meaningful lives to serve our stakeholders; including residents and clients, their families, employees and society at large. We strive to make a positive difference in the quality of life of each individual we support."
Marilyn Althoff, Chief Executive Officer
specific duties and responsibilities
Essential Functions of the Job
- Maintain daily communication with parents &/or guardians.
- Maintains strict confidentiality of records and information of staff and families.
- Encourages and facilitates children’s active participation in activities.
- Actively participates in activities with children.
- Ensure children follow the basic rules of the program.
- Instruct children in health and personal habits such as eating, resting and toilet habits.
- Actively participates in mealtime expectations. Assisting children in serving themselves meals and snacks. Following all State CACFP regulations.
- Assist in diapering and dressing children.
- Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, daily attendance and medications administered.
- Assists the Lead Teacher and the Teacher Assistant to implement lesson plans to nurture and stimulate the appropriate development of the children in your care.
- Use positive guidance techniques rather than harsh discipline to support children through challenging behaviors.
- Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive concepts.
- Follow strict cleaning and sanitizing procedures for toys, changing tables, meal preparation, etc.
- Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to supervisor or parents/guardians attention.
- Participates in professional development training that leads toward enhancing professional qualifications, at least 10 contact hours annually.
- Establishes and maintains a level of rapport with students that results in students being shown that all individuals are deserving of respectful and dignified treatment and promoting a healthy self-concept in all students.
- Protects the health and safety of children on the playground and in the building at all times, maintaining appropriate ratio at all times throughout the day.
- Reports any suspected abuse to supervisor &/or the state.
- Maintains a clean, safe and healthy environment.
- Transports children to and from community schools &/or offsite activities as directed.
- Maintains communication with Director about questions, comments or concerns about the center.
- Maintains daily communication with Lead Teacher about what is going on in the classroom, also reports to the Lead Teacher about problems or concerns in the classroom.
- Assists Lead Teachers and Teacher Assistants with child assessments, by taking daily observation notes using Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment tools.
- Strict compliance with universal precautions in the classroom and/or when administering first aid.
- Attends in-services and staff meetings.
- Carries out the mission of the organization and is a role model operating with the highest standards of ethical practices.
- Implements the Organization’s policies and procedures in assigned areas.
- Assists other staff with all other duties.
- Perform housekeeping duties such as laundry, cleaning, dishwashing, and changing linens.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
knowledge, skills, and abilities
1. Ability and genuine interest in working with children.
2. Ability to take initiative, to maintain confidentiality, to meet deadlines, and to work in a team environment is essential as well as a self-starter and the ability to work independently when needed.
3. Ability to complete approved behavior intervention techniques
4. Demonstrates a positive image of the Hills & Dales childcare programs.
5. Demonstrates the Hills & Dales’ mission, and core values in their behavior and in the development of the children’s programs.
6. Operates equipment safely and correctly.
7. Have the ability to effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing.
8. Ability to become Infant, Child and Adult CPR and first aid certified and maintain certification.
9. Demonstration of written and oral communication skills, and good interpersonal skills.
10. Understanding of general safety requirements for the center.
11. Ability to implement and monitor the children’s care practices such that performance indicators meet federal and state regulations and the quality standards established by the Organization.
12. Demonstration of acceptable levels of attendance, punctuality, and work ethic such that the job performance meets or exceeds expectations and maintain a high level of professionalism.
13. Ability to work with others in the completion of department duties; ability to work in and to develop a team environment.
14. Handle the responsibilities and routine stress often associated with providing childcare services.
15. Ability to develop interpersonal relationships with coworkers, staff, consumers, families and the community such that job performance meets or exceeds expectations.
16. Ability to drive vehicles.
17. In all cases of physical requirements, appropriate reasonable accommodations will be considered whenever possible to allow position incumbent to accomplish essential functions in an alternative manner.
a) Physical demands:
· Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, grasp, push/pull, and move about the center. Standing may be necessary for up to 60% of the day.
· Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl throughout the day.
· Ability to talk, hear and see.
· Occasionally required to lift up to 50 lbs.
· Travel to various community locations.
· Ability to drive vehicles.
b) Work environment:
· Position can be stressful due to the level of responsibility and varying programs.
· Ability to work in a noisy environment.
· Ability to work in various temperature and weather conditions for indoor and outdoor activities.
EDUCATION, Experience, and TRAINING
- Must be 18 years of age or older. Person’s 16 years of age or older will be considered, based on hours available.
- One year minimum experience in an early childhood setting is preferred, or a strong desire to work with young children may be considered.
- Free from a conviction or prior employment history of child or resident abuse or dependent adult abuse.
- Must complete CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions, Mandatory Reporting, and Essentials Child Care Preservice Series in the first three months of employment and 10 contact hours of child-related training annually.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to drive agency vehicles, as assigned.