Westbay Children’s Center is seeking a passionate, team member to provide an engaging environment for our school-age participants. The qualified candidate will have an associate’s degree in education or a related field, be at least 21 years old, and have experience working with diverse populations. Westbay Children’s Center is committed to provide the highest quality care and education to children from 18 months to 12 years old. Our philosophy includes the integration of several great theorists.
Jean Piaget – “…children actively explore and interpret the world…thus teachers should devise approaches to teaching that capture children’s spontaneous activity and interest through play, experimentation and cooperation in adult-child and child-child relationships. … Children construct their own understanding of concepts as they manipulate real, concrete objects and participate in firsthand experiences”
Lev Vygotsky – “Children grow cognitively not by acting on objects but also by interacting with knowledgeable peers and adults”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau – “Education should occur in a natural environment that is based on the children’s experiences as they develop…Children’s innate curiosity is a motivating source for learning”
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi – “…children engage in active learning using their senses. Children should find answers for themselves while engaging in spontaneous activities”
Erik Erikson – “Social/emotional learning is a lifelong process that begins at birth. When adults respond to children’s needs, children learn to trust, develop independence and take initiative to assert themselves in socially acceptable ways”
If you share this philosophy, please send us your resume today!
The School-age Coordinator position is 17.5 hours weekly, except during school vacation and summer, when it is 40 hours weekly. Opportunities for additional hours is available during the school year. The rate of pay for this position is $12.00/hour and benefits include sick, vacation, and personal time, with the additional benefit of joining a professional team that is dedicated to providing the best early care and education to all children.
- Must be atleast 21 years of age
- AA Degree in Elementary Education or related field
- 1 year supervisor experience and prior experience teaching young children required
- 2 years supervised experience working with school-aged children in a group setting
- Has updated Practitioner Portfolio
- Must meet DCYF & BCI criminal background check requirements
- Must have a physical examination and required immunizations
- Must complete 20 hours of Continuing Education per year
- Must be energetic and convey a positive attitude
- Must have a solid work ethic
- Must attend staff meetings after hours as scheduled
- Must have good oral and written communication skills
- Must be knowledgeable of the RIDE Core Competencies for ECE Teachers (Health/Safety & Wellness, Family Engagement, Child Development and Learning, Curriculum, Observation & Assessment, Professionalism)
- Must be well organized and detailed oriented
- Must be able to make decisions and take initiative
- Must be extremely flexible and able to multi-task
- Must be able to work independently – and be a cohesive member of a team
- Must be able to model professional behavior and appearance
- Must have experience working with low income families and youth
- Must be able to work with people of various cultures and lifestyles
- Must make a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in all aspects of work
- Must be computer literate
- Must have access to reliable transportation
- Must have a valid driver’s license, document car insurance and safe driving record upon request
- Must respect and adhere to confidentiality policies for the agency and clients
Knowledge of: (Candidate should have some awareness of the following):
- DCYF Regulations for school age licensure
- RI Quality and Improvement Rating Scale (Bright Stars)
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Young Children
- Environmental Safety Scale (SACERS)
- Positive Behavioral Strategies for young children
- RI Kids Connect
Physical Effort / Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to talk to hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands, fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and / or move objects and/or children up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The environment includes a school classroom and occasional field trips to community venues. Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens, respiratory diseases and other infectious diseases, and other biohazardous material requires universal standard precautions. This position requires the individual to have their own transportation, a current unrestricted license to drive, documented auto insurance and the individual must be willing to work in schools and the community.
The duties listed below are primary functions of the job, and are not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be called upon to perform other duties comparable to those cited.
- Plan and implement daily activities according to approved curricula and developmentally appropriate practices (prepares Plan Book in advance) for full and part time programs.
- Devise strategies to engage parents as a partner in the educational goal setting for their child and in participating in center activities
- Supervise children in all activities, environments, and settings at all times
- Document daily progress for each child
- Complete child assessment, behavioral assessment and daily progress reports in a timely manner and share observations with Education Manager/Senior Manager and parents
- Identify special needs of children and alert your supervisor of those needs.
- Organize and maintain space and equipment providing an inviting, safe and nurturing environment – following health, safety and wellness guidelines
- Supervise, train and evaluate classroom staff
- Maintain accurate records of attendance, progress, behavior and other required information
- Communicate with parents regularly.
- Participate in annual Open House
- Coordinate, plan and attend all School Age field trips; drive agency vehicle as needed.