Title: Teacher Assistant Association: YMCA of Pawtucket
Classification: Full/Part-time, Hourly Branch: MacColl YMCA
Supervisor: Lead Teacher
Under the guidance of the Preschool Director, the TA shall have the responsibility to assist the Teacher Assistant in the operation of the assigned classroom. The TA supervises groups of children and follows specified classroom plans and activities that are developmentally appropriate. The TA shares in the vision of the center and supports the mission of the YMCA of the USA.
The Teacher Assistant shall a High School diploma or a GED from an approved program. The Teacher Assistant must meet the qualification for teacher assistant. RIELDS Foundations sand Curriculum or Classroom certifications must be obtained within two years of hire. The Teacher Assistant must have at least one year's experience in a center-based program, be at least 18 years of age and be able to obtain certification in First Aid and CPR. The Teacher Assistant must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing with staff and parents and be able to develop rapport with young children. The TA must meet DCYF and YMCA employment qualifications.
The TA has the responsibility for assisting in the smooth operation of the assigned classroom. The TA maintains a level of professional conduct that embraces good work ethics and punctuality. Included in the responsibility are the following functions:
a. Establish a warm and professional rapport with all children in the classroom
b. Maintain health and safety standards in the classroom and throughout the building
c. Assist with and follow the daily schedule
d. Follow the activities of the daily lesson plans
e. Along with the teacher, ensure that all children are supervised at all times
f. Support the children in age appropriate learning centers in the classroom
g. Follow detailed routines for cleanliness of all areas in the classroom including counter tops and sinks, as well as center-wide areas such as the cafeteria spaces, common areas and bathrooms
h. Maintain accurate attendance records and point of service documentation
i. Greet parents and their children as they enter or exit from the classroom
j. Support and participate in enrichment activities such as field trips that support child development
k. Follow through on the plan for the day in the absence of the teacher
l. Ensure that incident or behavioral reports are completed and appropriately signed by a supervisor or director
m. In a timely manner notify supervisor or administrator in charge of any health and safety issues that need attention
Recognizing that the TA is an integral member of the staff, the TA is encouraged to participate in center-wide activities as well as take responsibility for professional development as required by DCYF regulations.
a. Participate in special events such as Family Nights and other center-wide or program activities, such as entertainers, center decorations, etc.
b. Be familiar with the policies and procedures found in the Family Handbook
c. Actively participate in scheduled team, planning, and staff meetings
d. Greet visitors or prospective parents to the classroom and answer general questions about the classroom
e. Support collaboration activities such as student placements from local high schools and other special projects that support the mission of the center
f. Inform the Lead Teacher, a supervisor or one of the Directors of issues or problems that relate to the safe operation of the center
g. Maintain communications with parents of children assigned to your classroom
h. Develop and follow through on yearly plan for professional development which includes a minimum of 20 hours of training that are aligned to the RI Workforce Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood Teacher Assistants to children ages 3-7 years.
i. Complete other duties or provide coverage as assigned by your supervisor or the Director of Early Childhood Education.