The Seasonal Preschool Teacher is responsible for the general supervision and management of a class of preschool (3-5 yr) children, planning and executing the Early Childhood education program in accordance with the goals, objectives and standards set forth by the Orlando Science Center Preschool in alliance with Early Childhood developmentally appropriate practices, FL Department of Children and Families licensing requirements, Teaching Strategies “Creative Curriculum”, NAEYC standards and guidelines. The Preschool Teacher is also responsible for instructing children (3-5 yr) in activities designed to promote social/emotional, physical and intellectual growth needed to be successful individuals related to their peer group, environment, and community.
- Embraces STEM education and informal teaching methodologies and strategies as essential functions of the Science Center Preschool and curriculum approach.
- Establishes clear objectives for lessons, units, themes, activities and projects and communicate (written and verbal) to children Demonstrate commitment to OSC’s vision, mission, guiding principles and values.
- Organizes and directs activities/materials to promote physical, mental, social development such as games, art, music/movement, storytelling.
- Arranges indoor and outdoor environment to facilitate creative play, motor development and safety.
- Maintains the safety and health standards of the classroom and outdoor environment through cleaning, visual and personal inspection.
- Provides a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning and imaginative play.
- Prepares materials and classroom for activities. Organizes and labels materials and a child’s work that is age appropriate and perceptual skills.
- Uses literacy, science, technology, engineering, math and motor development for individual, small and large group activities to provide children opportunities to observe, question and investigate.
- Establishes and maintains rules of behavior and procedures in regards to class control. Greets all arriving and departing children and parents/guardian. Open communication (verbal and written) with children, families, Director and Preschool staff.
- Observes and evaluates a child’s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health to be discussed with Director, parents/guardian and other childhood resources to help in providing the best methods of learning for the child
- Follows and adheres to all administrative policies and rules governing the Preschool and its employees as OSC employees, DCF license and accreditation requirements.
- Works collaboratively with Preschool staff, Director and OSC Education staff to provide appropriate programs, activities, and projects.
- Participate in online professional development, early childhood practices, STEM activities or OSC Education department training to maintain and improve professional competence. A required number of in-service hours and/or CEUs will be provided according to licensing and accreditation requirements.
- Maintains a professional attitude at all times.
- Demonstrates commitment to OSC’s vision, mission, guiding principles and values.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Must be at least 21 years old and meet requirements of the licensing agencies.
- Education: A degree (Associate or above) in Child Development, Early Childhood, PreKindergarten – Primary, or Elementary education, Exceptional Student Education, Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), Florida Department of Education Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate (CCAC), certified National CDA is required.
- Experience: Experience working with children 0 – 8 years old.
- Certifications: FL DCF staff credential, CR and Basic First Aid Certification
- 45 hours DCF mandated child care courses (provide a current DCF transcript).
- Clear Level 2 Background screening. May not be on site until this is established.
- Three to Kindergarten standards (DCF and Department of Education).
- Communication skills-presentation, public speaking and written.
- Reliable, organized, self-starter. Ability to work with little supervision.
- Active listening, instructing, speaking, reading comprehension, learning strategies, writing, monitoring, and time management skills.
- Must be able to stand for extended periods.
- Ability to life up to 45 lbs.
- Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work involving stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.
- Sensory requirements are visual perceptions and discrimination, oral communication and ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.
Expected Hours of Work:
- This position primarily works Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Maximum 40 hours.