Assistant Caregiver, Caregiver, Primary Caregiver & Lead Caregiver
Assistant Caregiver ‘General Description’
Provide quality care and supervision to children in a classroom setting. Work on a team-teaching basis, provide daily communication to parents and assist in the maintenance of the classroom environment.
- Be responsible regarding work hours, staff meetings and absences from the Center (be prompt, call in event of absence, make substitute arrangements for known absences).
- Keep updated on important information (read daily room notes, check mailbox, read staff meeting notes, and follow through on information).
- Announce breaks/departures from room and gauge appropriate times for breaks.
- Punch in and out accurately.
- Complete paperwork accurately and on time (inservice forms, availability forms, etc.)
- Record bathrooming, snack, nap and other daily activities.
Working with Others
- Communicate openly with coworkers (e.g. share information, be willing to accept feedback).
- Maintain a sense of calm and perspective during stressful times in the classroom.
- Approach problems with coworkers in a positive, solution-oriented manner.
- Complete daily tasks with direction.
- Know when to ask for help or a break is needed.
- Share responsibility for children and the environment when in shared areas (gym, playground, etc.) or when otherwise combined with another room.
- Help out in other classrooms when needed.
Working with Children
- Physical caregiving includes napping, feeding, bathrooming, etc. Requires lifting children, equipment and/or supplies up to 40 pounds, getting down to child level, and sitting on the floor. Requires constant visual and auditory monitoring of children.
- Prepare bottles, snacks, and lunches for children as needed.
- Move around with children at their pace and be actively involved with children rather than just watching them.
- Encourage children to explore their environment.
- Participate in individual, small group, and large group activities with children (e.g. art, flannel board stories, reading, singing, water play, cooking).
- Know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Prevent, circumvent, and deal with problem behaviors appropriately and effectively.
- Help children make a smooth transition between home and Center (at arrival and departure).
- Respect each child as an individual (e.g. be sensitive to individual needs and routines; avoid discussing an individual child’s behavior with anyone in front of children; laugh with children, not at them).
- Promote children’s growth by engaging in activities in the following categories:
- Physical/Gross Motor – indoor and outdoor (e.g. swinging, hopping, bending, turning, movement games)
- Fine Motor (e.g. manipulatives, playdough, writing, drawing)
- Social (e.g. dramatic play, water, sand, blocks, positive group interactions)
- Emotional (e.g. help children identify feelings, promote dialogue)
- Cognitive (e.g. science, math, reading, games, understanding and thinking skills)
- Self-help (e.g. dressing, eating)
- Language Development – verbal and non-verbal (e.g. talking, singing, describing, questioning, listening, reading, storytelling, signing, facial expressions)
- Creative Arts (e.g. music, poetry, fingerplay, art drama)
- Greet families (children and adults) and make an effort to know them and their names.
- Gather and share information with families at arrival and departure to help ensure a smooth transition between home and Center.
- Relay to other staff any important information gained from families.
- Relate information to families about their child’s day.
- Refer family information, questions, or concerns to the Lead Teacher or in-charge person when appropriate.
Health and Safety
- Supervise children, keeping them in sight and sound at all times. Conduct regular name checks so that all children are accounted for.
- Wash hands upon arrival to work in the classroom, before and after diaper changes/toileting, wiping noses, after cleaning/handling chemicals, before bottles/mealtimes, before and after applying a bandage, after assisting an ill child, before giving medications, etc.
- Know proper procedures for handling an emergency (accident, fire drill).
- Be alert to and help to prevent accidents (e.g. stop a child from injuring another child, respond to environmental safety concerns such as unsafe items at child reach, slippery floors, or broken toys/equipment). Help to maintain a clean and healthy environment (e.g. clean thoroughly after meals/snacks, help children and other staff to clean up as needed, remove mouthed toys from another child’s reach, wash and disinfect toys).
- Be aware of children’s health and physical condition when they arrive and throughout the day. Complete an accident report for any injuries a child arrives with and/or that occur during the day. Convey information about children’s health and/or injuries to other staff.
- Administer simple first aid (e.g. ice on bump, wash cut).
Caregiver ‘General Description’
Provide quality care and supervision to children in a classroom setting. Work on a team-teaching basis, provide daily communication to parents and assist in the maintenance of the classroom environment. In addition, the Caregiver is able to perform job responsibilities with minimal guidance and may be requested to be in charge of the classroom for one to two hours per day in the absence of the Lead Teacher.
See Responsibilities for Assistant Caregiver.
Primary Caregiver ‘General Description’
Provide quality care and supervision to children in a classroom setting. Work on a team-teaching basis, provide daily communication to parents and assist in the maintenance of the classroom environment. In addition, the Primary Caregiver is a leader and role model in the classroom and may be requested to be in charge of a classroom in the absence of the Lead Teacher.
- Fulfill all responsibilities listed for Assistant Caregiver/Caregiver with minimal to no direction.
- Give direction and/or suggestions to coworkers about the provision of care for children, working with others, work with families, and health and safety.
- Communicate with Lead Teacher as needed regarding direction given to other staff.
- Be aware of the room ratio and staff schedule at all times (have all staff scheduled for the hour arrived; do breaks need to be given; is the room overstaffed; are there subbing needs in other classrooms; could cleaning duties get done?).
- Use knowledge of childhood development to initiate activities with children that are age appropriate and safe.
Lead Caregiver ‘General Description’
Provide quality care and supervision to children in a classroom setting. Work on a team-teaching basis, provide daily communication to parents and assist in the maintenance of the classroom environment. In addition, the Lead Caregiver is in charge of the classroom for significant periods of time because the Lead Teacher role is vacant, and works with the Program Coordinator to perform Lead Teacher job duties.
- Fulfill all responsibilities listed for Assistant Caregiver/Caregiver/Primary Caregiver with minimal to no direction.
- Complete documentation of children’s work in the classroom, both for individual portfolios and class/hall displays
- Co-lead staff meetings & determine areas of need for extra staff training.
- Collaborate with Program Coordinator on staff evaluations as needed.
- Participate in new family intakes and conversations with families about challenging issues.
- Complete group plan forms.
- Collaborate with Program Coordinator on finalizing Developmental Checklists on children.
- Ensure regular classroom forms (Monthly Safety Checklist, Supply Order Form, etc.) are completed and submitted on time.