- Entry level
- No Education
- Salary to negotiate
Knowledge Universe (KU) Assistant Teachers bring warmth, patience, and understanding to the classroom every day, encouraging children to learn and grow. They inspire children to be lifelong learners using our nationally recognized curriculum that promotes social, physical, language, and cognitive development.
They are committed to making their center successful and know that meaningful relationships with children, families, and their team are important to success. They are fully engaged and passionate about their work.
Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions
These are the basic expectations for Assistant Teachers. Of course, creative and new ways to meet or exceed expectations are encouraged, so long as the required essential functions are also met.
Keep Children Safe
- Supervision Supervise children closely by keeping all children in sight and using Child Supervision Records properly.
- Health and Safety Keep your classroom clean and tidy. Be aware of your surroundings and take responsibility to report or fix unsafe conditions if you find them.
- Positive Child Guidance Use only positive child guidance techniques to instruct children.
- Licensing Familiarize yourself with and work within licensing regulations related to childcare in your location.
Create an Unrivaled Education Experience
- Teaching Help implement KU's curriculum in a way that is consistent to meet each child's unique needs.
- Assessments Share classroom observations with Teachers and Lead Teachers to help complete assessments.
Support Your Center's Success
- Commitment Come to work on time and ready to give 100% every day.
- Cooperation Work encouragingly with your team to achieve the center's goals.
- Accreditation Be aware of accreditation standards and actively demonstrate the Observable Criteria needed to gain or maintain accreditation.
- Center Tours Welcome and engage prospective families who come for a tour. Be ready to speak to the features and benefits of our programs.
- Mandatory Meetings Attend Professional Development Days, center staff meetings, and any other meetings outside of your regular schedule that are required by your Center Director.
Embrace Ongoing Learning
- Service Values Learn KU's Service Values and seek ways to integrate them into your daily work habits.
- Curriculum Continue to deepen your knowledge of KU's curriculum and implement it in the classroom.
- Best Practices Incorporate early childhood education best practices learned through training and experience, and by working closely with Teachers and Lead Teachers.
- Technology Learn to use the technology and systems needed for your job, and be willing to learn new programs, applications, systems, or devices as things change.
Be Responsive to Changing Needs
- Work Hours Work hours may vary to meet the needs of the children in our care and the center. You may need to work more or fewer hours than originally scheduled.
- Initiative After learning the job, you should be able to keep up on all your responsibilities without direct guidance. Anticipate classroom needs and follow through without prompting.
- Classroom Assignment You may need to float between classrooms to cover lunches, breaks, or ratio changes, or your classroom assignment may change.
- Other Duties Take on other center duties as needed to care for children, support your co-workers, and contribute to the center's success.
Qualification: Skills, Education, and Experience
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Must meet state's education criteria
- Speak, read, and write English fluently
- CPR and 1st Aid Certifications, or willing to obtain
- Basic technology skills (eg email)
- Early childhood education experience
- Have or willing to obtain Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Work Environment/Physical Demands
- Assistant Teachers must be able to adapt and excel in a continuously changing, fast-paced environment, and make the children's needs their primary focus.
- Assistant Teachers must be able to fully engage in physical activity. They must be able to kneel, stoop, sit on the floor, stand for a long time, and demonstrate and engage in activities like jumping, dancing, walking, and running.
- The ability to lift up to 40 pounds is strongly desired and may be required to work in some classrooms or in the kitchen.
- Work is primarily performed at the center. Daily outdoor work is required but work is otherwise indoors. Work is sometimes performed off site for field trips.
- Assistant Teachers must be able to see and hear well enough to monitor classrooms and playgrounds to keep children safe at all times.
- Assistant Teachers generally play a support role in the classroom, but may be alone in the classroom for short periods if state guidelines allow.
Knowledge Universe - US is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.