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Child Care Teacher, Assistant (Full-Time)

The Goddard School Bala Cynwyd Bala-Cynwyd, PA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


An Assistant Child Care Teacher (full-time) at The Goddard School is responsible for helping to establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment. Additionally, an assistant teacher is responsible for working with a lead teacher and in conjunction with the entire faculty.

We have 3 shifts available:

7:00am - 4:00pm

8:00am - 5:00pm

9:00am - 6:00pm

Benefits: health insurance and 401K plan. 

Paid time off: up to 3 weeks every year and numerous US holidays (with applicable time served).  


An assistant teacher must meet the qualifications of his or her state and the following qualifications:

  • the ability to understand and support the education program using “learning through play” philosophy;

  • the ability to interact closely with children at their level;

  • the ability to keep children within sight and sound supervision at all times;

  • the ability to change children’s diapers and/or assist in toileting (where necessary);

  • the ability to understand and comply with the franchisee’s employment policies;

  • the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with school personnel, children and parents;

  • the ability to handle crisis situations, including assisting in evacuating the building during emergencies; and

  • the ability to comply in all respects with all applicable laws and regulations relating to childcare.

An offer of employment may be made contingent on the following:

  • [A current physical examination by a physician, including a current tuberculin test or chest x-ray;] [may or may not be required by state regulations and/or by franchisee]

  • An approved criminal record check as required by state regulations.

An assistant teacher must meet one of the following educational requirements: 

  • a private academic teaching certificate for nursery school through kindergarten or early childhood education;

  • proof of the teacher's current enrollment in a CDA credentialing program;

  • proof of the teacher's current enrollment in an accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in early childhood education or a related field.


The assistant teacher’s responsibilities include assisting the lead teacher in implementing the lead teacher’s responsibilities.  The lead teacher’s responsibilities include the following:

Establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment

·         Design an appropriate room arrangement to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom

·         Develop an appropriate classroom management system to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom

·         Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair

·         Understand and implement The Goddard School® emergency procedures

·         Promote healthy eating practices at lunch and snack times

·         Ensure that children are always within state ratio requirements

·         Perform minor cleaning responsibilities (e.g., spills) immediately

·         Perform major cleaning during times when children are not present

·         Post a classroom schedule that meets the needs of the children and includes a routine and learning opportunities

·         Post and adhere to all GSI Health and Safety policies and procedures

Advance children’s physical and intellectual competence

·         Adapt program to meet the individual needs of each child

·         Create a multi-cultural learning environment

·         Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities to engage children in learning

·         Interact with the children to support play, exploration and learning

·         Encourage children to talk with each other and with the faculty

·         Present age- and developmentally-appropriate expectations for all children

·         Create a print-rich environment in order for children to learn about books, literature and writing

·         Encourage creativity through art, music, dramatic play and blocks

·         Provide a reasonable balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities

·         Provide opportunities for both active and quiet play

·         Integrate GSI-approved resources (including Enrichment Programs) into lesson plans

Support each child’s social and emotional development and provide positive guidance

·         Understand and adhere to the GSI Behavior Policy

·         Plan and implement activities to develop children’s self-esteem and social skills

·         Plan and implement activities to enable children’s feeling of security

·         Encourage empathetic and respectful feelings for others, as well as the environment, through positive modeling

·         Respect cultural and ethnic diversity

Establish positive and effective family relations

·         Communicate, in a professional manner, with families and faculty

·         Encourage families to become an integral part of their children’s learning experiences

·         Provide opportunities (e.g., conferences) in which families are made to feel a part of their children’s learning experiences

·         Prepare a Daily Activity Report for each child

·         Maintain a portfolio for each child

·         Maintain the classroom Parent Board

Ensure an effective program, responsive to children’s needs

·         Assess supplies and materials needed to implement activities

·         Build teamwork

·         Develop lesson plans

·         Manage classrooms according to GSI QA Standards

·         Perform child observations and document in their portfolios

·         Use assessment tools (e.g., Progress Reports, Children’s Progress)

Maintain professional commitment

·         Promote “learning through play” philosophy and educational objectives

·         Support a code of ethical conduct

·         Pursue professional development/continuing education

·         Attend faculty meetings, in-service days, conferences and professional growth opportunities

The Goddard School Bala Cynwyd


Bala-Cynwyd, PA



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