It is expected that the Child Development Supervisor (lead teacher) will be present at the Child Development and Family Center (CDFC) for the majority of each day to ensure that licensing and NAEYC Accreditation requirements are met and oversee daily operations in the classroom.
Job responsibilities will be performed in consultation and collaboration with the CDFC Director, HDFS Faculty/the CDFC Coordinators, and the Advisory Board. The Child Development Supervisor is responsible for initiating and facilitating duties and tasks described in this document.
The CDFC Child Development Supervisor (head teacher) will be evaluated by the CDFC administration with consultation by HDFS Faculty, Families and peers.
Maintains frequent contact with CDFC administrative team.
a) Use developmentally appropriate practices to interact, guide, supervise, and educate young children.
b) Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
c) Provide appropriate guidance and ongoing supervision of student workers.
d) Maintain daily communication and develop professional relationships with a diverse population of parents and staff.
e) Complete and maintain all appropriate paperwork for children’s files.
f) Meet all requirements set by CCC to maintain DCFS licensing, Quality Rating and Improvement System, and NAEYC Accreditation (i.e. First Aid and CPR certification; professional development hours).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
A. As Lead teacher of a classroom of children at the CDFC:
Assures and maintains at all times the health and safety of all children in the classroom by maintaining a safe environment and implementing healthy practices (e.g., having all children wash their hands immediately before and after eating and washing after toileting, etc.)
Uses observations of children’s play to construct an emergent curriculum
Facilitates children’s play and uses scaffolding to promote children’s growth and development
Implements activities and maintains a classroom environment that supports and values diversity in the program
Uses a variety of documentation methods to show children’s progress and communicates to families learning occurring in the classroom
Arranges a safe classroom floor plan and provides materials and activities which promote independence and hands on exploration.
Includes weekly cooking activities into curriculum.
Maintains effective oral and written communication with families.
Maintains current classroom portfolio.
Assists in kitchen duties as needed.
B. As supervisor of HDFS 490 Practicum students assigned to your classroom:
Plans and facilitates orientation activities related to the operations of the classroom.
Mentors undergraduate and graduate practicum students and graduate assistants who are serving as child care professionals.
Models primary care giving roles, lead teaching by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate practices and appropriate guidance techniques.
Assists in the evaluation of practicum students’ interactions with children, families, staff, and peers. Helps conduct written and oral performance and quarterly reviews of students.
Evaluates 490 assignments as delegated by Instructor.
Conducts weekly observations of practicum students.
Communicates feedback respectfully to students and assists in establishing professional goals with practicum students.
Provides feedback to Instructor regarding rubrics and assignments.
C. As a staff member of the CDFC
Maintains classroom records.
Attends weekly staff meetings and monthly board meetings. Contributes in dialogue and discussion and presents solutions to problems
Exhibits discretion in dealing with parents, children, and the academic progress of practicum students
Cooperates with students doing observations and faculty conducting research
Documents own performance and classroom supervision abilities to supervisor
Participates in evening workshops and CDL events with practicum students and/or parents
Continues professional development through classes and conferences
Assists with NAEYC accreditation process and maintenance of DCFS license renewal
Supports collegial relationships by engaging in reflection with colleagues and works to resolve conflicts with colleagues in a direct and respectful way
Follows and uses NAEYC Code of Ethics as a guide to making decisions involving ethical dilemmas
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER
1. Possession of credentials required by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for employment as a Child Care Worker in a licensed child care facility . The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services required credentials can be reviewed at:
Section 407 (ilga.gov)
PART 407 LICENSING STANDARDS FOR DAY CARE CENTERS : Sections Listing (ilga.gov)
2. (A) Bachelor’s degree in child development, education, or related fields, including 18 semester hours of credit for course work directly related to child development and/or child care, 6 of them for the period from birth to age six
(B) Two years of experience comparable to that gained at the lower level of this series and 18 additional semester hours of credit for college course work directly related to child development and/or child care
**Note: Courses that cover the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young children and/or courses relating specifically to the group care and education of young children; e.g., curriculum, programming, pre-school teaching methods, discipline and child management, observation of children, working with parents, health, nutrition and safety, and supervised teaching experience for which credit is earned (such as student teaching, clinical experience, or practicum).
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES NEEDED TO UNDERTAKE JOB
1. physical examination as required by Illinois Child Care Act for employees in child care facilities
2. personal attributes required by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for all child care personnel
3. supervisory ability