- Work directly with children in classrooms while being accountable for them, under the supervision of the full-time Teacher and other full-time staff.
- Model appropriate practices and assist children with direct care needs
- Greet families upon arrival and at pick-up time
- Help children get engaged in activities
- Interact with children one-on-one and in small groups
- Assist teaching staff in various projects
- Be prepared for general cleaning responsibilities and providing bathroom assistance for children. Take part in documenting children’s learning (checklists, taking photos, anecdotal notes, observations, etc.)
- Assist in a classroom by maintaining consistency and having high expectations for children while keeping a global vision
- Provide a safe, healthy learning environment for children birth to twelve years
- Communicate and promote family involvement within classroom
- Assist in the planning and facilitate a developmentally appropriate curriculum guided by the Reggio Emilia Approach or Montessori which promotes physical, social & cognitive development
- Be willing to collaborate with teachers in order to provide quality care for children & families, as well as establish a quality program
- Represent the quality of programs offered at UM-Flint or Cummings Great Expectations
- Participate in training activities by continuing education in areas of development, curriculum & classroom methods
- Provoke ideas and scaffold children’s knowledge through problem solving, representational work and conflict resolution
- Observe, document & evaluate children on an on-going basis through the use of Ages and Stages Questionnaires, assessments and portfolios for family/teacher conferences
- Conduct meaningful & engaging small/large group activities/projects
- Ability to work with a tolerant classroom which promotes diversity, thus enhancing social-emotional development of children
- Perform every aspect necessary to insure excellent child care
- Exhibit a commitment to the mission & philosophy of the Center
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
- Excellent attendance, strong work ethic, dependable
- Flexible (able to adapt to variety of situations)
- Previous early childhood experience is not required but the willingness to learn and grow.
- Enjoys interacting with young children (infant through third grade)
- Continued employment is based on whether you are attending college courses.
- Adhere to the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers
- Be willing to work off site from the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint
It is preferred that individuals have education related to early childhood, nursing, psychology, social work or related fields
Experience working with young children
If hired an out-of-pocket TB Test along with a criminal record check through LARA Fingerprinting system PRIOR to working with children are expected. Each semester employees are asked to complete 12 paid professional development hours through in-service trainings, conferences and workshops suggested on a regular basis. Early childhood classes count toward these required training hours.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.