Under supervision from the appropriate level manager or administrator, assists in the education, health, and safety of young children 0 to 83 months of age enrolled in the Child Development Center programs; participates in the implementation of developmentally appropriate programs for assigned children that promote learning of language, communication, emergent literacy, social, cognitive, play, and creative skills.
This is the entry-level class in the Child Development series providing child development services and activities at the Child Development Center. Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of program knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Child Development Specialist level and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Child Development Specialist in that the Child Development Specialist serves as the lead in an assigned classroom with full responsibility for education, health, and safety of young children in the assigned classroom while the Child Development Assistant serves in an assistant capacity.
The duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Please see Job Duties for details.
Applicable sections of the state education code and other applicable laws including privacy (FERPA), HIPAA, and ADA; confidentiality requirements when dealing with personal and sensitive student information.
Basic concepts in early childhood education.
Basic principles and applications of child development theory.
Basic socialization techniques.
Health and safety requirements of children.
Potential safety issues within a group care setting; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
Basic methods of observing, evaluating, and recording child behavior.
Principles of basic first aid and CPR.
Principles and procedures of record keeping.
Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds; providing services to a diverse population.
Effective written and oral communication skills including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
Human relations and interpersonal skills when working with children and families.