Teaching Assistant, Cummings Great Expectations

Michigan, United States
$9.25 – $11.00
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job Summary

  • 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.)

This is a temporary position that may be active until 12/31/2018


  • 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 r 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

Required Qualifications*

  • 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

Desired Qualifications*

  • It is preferred that individuals have education related to early childhood, nursing, psychology, social work or related fields
  • Experience working with young children

Additional Information

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.