Job Description / Essential Elements:
SANTA CLARA UNIFIED HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
CLASS TITLE: PARAEDUCATOR - CHILD CARE
Under the direction of the Child Education/Care Center Specialist, provide quality child care and a safe and loving environment for infants and toddlers in the Child Education/Care Center (CECC); plan and implement variety of activities to meet the needs and interests of the children; participate in activities with assigned group of children; assist in providing proper role modeling and positive parenting skills to pregnant teens and teenage parents; provide information and assistance to teenage parents in the CECC.
Provide quality child care and a safe and loving environment for the infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers of students in the Child Education/Care Program; provide assistance to pregnant teens and to teenage parents in areas of toddler and infant hygiene, parenting skills, nutrition and child care. E
Plan and implement a variety of activities for the CECC to meet the needs and interests of the children, such as indoor and outdoor games, songs and music, arts and crafts, reading, sensory and manipulative and sensory play, and motor movement activities; supervise children in outdoor play activities; implement indoor play and activities during foul weather. E
Participate in activities for infants and toddlers; assure that children are interacting in age-appropriate activities; take and escort toddlers and infants outside for activities, play, rides, sunshine, and fresh air. E
Provide for the safety of the children as required; respond to a child's needs and problems in a patient, caring and sensitive manner. E
Provide a proper role model for children and parents; teach and encourage honesty and sportsmanship; attempt to develop appropriate or alternative actions and responses; acknowledge and praise positive behavior. E
Prepare and wash plates and utensils; deliver lunches to classrooms; wash children's hands and faces after play times and meals as needed. E
Provide for the physical needs of the children by changing and bagging diapers, preparing bottles and feeding babies, serving snacks and meals, stimulating motor responses, participating in and observing play time activities, and assisting in the learning of numbers, shapes, and color recognition. E
Provide guidance, assistance, and encouragement with various projects, including art projects; assist in promoting a healthy self-image and self-esteem. E
Check on sleeping infants; care for infants such as rocking to sleep, rubbing heads and backs, singing songs, and assuring proper coverage by blankets; observe babies to assure they are safe and properly cared for. E
Prepare and maintain daily logs and attendance charts related to daily activities such as diaper changing, feedings, naps, activities, attendance, cleaning and accidents. E
Observe behavior of children and monitor for signs of neglect or suspected abuse; report such concerns according to established guidelines. E
Maintain a clean, safe, sanitary and orderly child care environment; bleach and disinfect toys and work surfaces; assist children with illnesses and notify the supervisor of the need to notify the parent of an ill child; notify the supervisor of potentially dangerous or harmful conditions. E
Prepare infant and toddler areas for children and parents; clean, set up, and set out beds, play pens, mats, high chairs, toys and other materials; store equipment and toys in proper location after use. E
Perform related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Basic principles and practices of early child development including proper care and discipline.
Basic record-keeping techniques.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Safety and health practices and precautions.
Basic first aid.
Providing quality child care and a safe environment for infants and toddlers in the Child Education/Care Center.
Plan and implement a variety of monthly activities to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Provide a proper role model for program children.
Provide information and assistance to teenage parents in the CECC.
Participate in activities with assigned group of children.
Provide patient and sensitive care to infants and toddlers.
Learn, apply and explain rules, regulations and procedures of the CECC.
Use positive and proper methods of child control and behavior modification.
Determine appropriate action within clearly defined guidelines.
Establish and maintain patient, gentle, supportive and cooperative working
relationships with infants, toddlers, teens, and staff members.
Lift infants and toddlers and perform changing, feeding, and to provide general child care.
Understand and follow oral and written directions.
Play on the floor with children.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school, some experience in working with infants and toddlers, and sufficient training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities listed above.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Child Education/Care Center environment; possible exposure to childhood communicable diseases.
Lifting and carrying children and objects weighing up to 40 pounds, sitting or standing for extended periods of time, hearing and speaking to communicate with children and parents, seeing to observe children, dexterity of hands and fingers to hold children and manipulate objects used in play activities, pushing and pulling wagons, bending, kneeling, and crawling.