Early Childhood Guide (Full-Time)
Job Posting Date: April 25, 2019
Job Title: Early Childhood Guide (Full-Time)
Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2019
Start Date: August 2019
Location: Dallas, Texas
Supervisor: Reports to Early Childhood Coordinator (ages 3-6)
How to Apply: Submit to cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
BPCA is in our fourth year of operation, and our third year of student programming in our day school. We have playgroups, early childhood programs and Grades 1-3.
Our early childhood educators provide a nurturing, orderly and beautiful environment for young children to make their transition from home to school. Our educators lead children in gentle play, songs, stories, painting, baking, nature activities, and outdoor play.
BPCA offers educators a unique opportunity to showcase their teaching passion through holistic student-focused teaching. Our early childhood teachers work in a multi-age cohort of fun, eager students. This allows teachers to form meaningful relationships with students and their families over several years. Teachers are encouraged to create thoughtful curriculum that meets the needs of their students at each particular stage of development.
BPCA fosters a work environment where collaboration, creativity, and passion are paramount. Our teachers are encouraged to take on leadership roles and participate in the design and creation of the school’s future. BPCA creates a platform from which you as a teacher can truly make a difference in your students’ lives.
This position is part of our Early Childhood Multi-age Program. Our Early Childhood Education Team is comprised of a coordinator, two guides, and an assistant. The students are divided into cohorts, or families. The two guides will work with their designated families for the duration of the students’ time in the ECE program, which is typically three cycles (years) or until they are ready for First Grade.
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or related field
- At least three years working in an early childhood setting (ages 3.5-6)
- At least two years as a classroom lead
- Organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are required
- Ability to balance the needs of students, teammates, and self to create a healthy and supportive environment for all members of the community
- Our ideal candidate will possess a warm, loving personality with continuous awareness of the children’s social and emotional well-being
- Infant and Toddler CPR/First Aid and Food Handling License required (before start date)
- Training in Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, or other social constructivist pedagogy
- Experience working in the outdoors, especially in inclement weather
- Priority will be given for: performing arts background; bilingual; garden/nature knowledge; passion for art making; and caregivers with experience working with children 3.5 – 6 years old
- An open, warm, accessible, welcoming personal style, open to new ideas and willing to explore new approaches
We do not expect our teachers to join BPCA with all the tools, education, or experiences needed to successfully implement our teaching philosophy. We are looking for experienced educators that value continuing education and are willing to train in other disciplines in order to present a holistic experience to our students.
- Nurture and guide young children through their social, emotional, and physical development within a safe and loving nature-based learning environment.
- Create a simple, flexible curriculum based on seasonal rhythms, local ecosystems, community celebrations, and emergent interests of students that incorporates music, movement, oral literacy, and the arts.
- Design and present a specialty lesson or provocation weekly in an area of your expertise.
- For each four-week lesson block, rehearse and lead a new circle: a collection of verses and songs with an overarching narrative structure or theme paired with fine- and gross-motor movements.
- Encourage creative expression, scientific observation, and empathy through modeling and provocations during free play.
- Periodically reflect on each child’s growth through all major areas of development. Document with a qualitative assessment three times per academic year to share with parents during conferences.
- Assist children with self-care behaviors such as dressing, eating, toileting, and personal hygiene while promoting independence and celebrating small victories.
- Prepare and stock classroom and outdoor environments daily with necessary items for planned lessons, free-choice activities, mealtimes, and sanitation. Rotate/curate classroom materials and redesign learning environments monthly or seasonally to complement curriculum.
- Communicate with families as needed to serve as the bridge between home and school.