Infant/Preschool Childcare Teachers

Rainbow Station Childcare at the New Canaan YMCA, is looking for enthusiastic, energetic, and nurturing candidates to join our team.
Job Description

If you love working with children, we want to hear more about YOU!

Our center is open 7:30am to 6pm Monday through Friday. 

Our classroom teachers work together to provide a program to foster children’s social, physical, emotional, and cognitive growth.  Our childcare classes participate in YMCA programming departments, including professional swim instruction, Bouncing Bears gymnastic time, music classes and more, all within the regular weekly schedule.

Full-time teachers typically work 35 hours per week, with flexibility for extra hours/overtime to meet scheduling needs. 

Tell us!  Do you prefer……

·         Morning Shift (7:15 am – 2:30 pm)

·         Afternoon Shift (11am – 6pm)

·         Rotating shifts – a combination of the above for those who like variety (and more freedom for work/life balance) 

Qualifications

Successful candidates will possess:

  • High school diploma
  • Knowledge of Early Childhood Development
  • A “Safety First” mindset
  • Excellent communication skills and an abundance of patience
  • Punctual and Reliable
  • A love of singing, storytelling, imaginative play, and crafts
  • Responsive and flexible to the needs of the program
  • Ability to work well with children in cooperation with other staff and parents of participants 

Why the Y? We are an inclusive, nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the potential of all kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. 

The New Canaan YMCA supports our staff with exceptional benefits such as:

  • 20 days of Paid Time off (PTO)
  • FREE YMCA memberships, program discounts, eligibility for free classes
  • Discounted child-care for staff
  • 9 paid Holidays
  • New Year’s Day,
  • Good Friday,
  • Memorial Day,
  • Independence Day,
  • Labor Day,
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day,
  • Christmas Eve Day,
  • Christmas Day
  • Medical/Dental/Vision insurance (YMCA pays 90% of monthly premium for employee AND dependents!)
  • Roll-over unused PTO into Banked Sick Leave (up to 90 days)
  • Long Term Disability Insurance (no cost to employee)
  • Life Insurance (no cost to employee)
  • Retirement funds (403b Savings Plan, and eligibility for YMCA Retirement Fund with employer contribution equal to 8% of annual earnings)
Essential Functions

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES & STAFF EXPECTATION

  • Work with co-teacher and director in providing a quality program and educational experiences. 
  • Work with co-teacher to create the monthly curriculum and lesson planning based upon current knowledge in the field of child development as well as the developmental levels and interests of the children.
  • Establish a professional level of rapport with each family in order to provide quality care 
  • Attend all staff meetings as required by the director.
  • Communicate pertinent information to the director obtained through contact with parents and children.
  • Continue training in practices and techniques for teachers and caregivers of young children to acquire new knowledge and gain new skills.
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment.
  • Initiate activities with the children to foster their relationships with their peers.
  • Give bottles and change diapers when necessary.
  • Be knowledgeable of authorized pickup people for each child and have access to that information readily available daily.  
  • Be aware of all child-related health issues (i.e. allergies, diabetes, etc.) and always follow protocol/
  • Assist children with activities of daily life (f applicable: restroom use, diapering, hand washing, feeding, cleaning,)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand for periods of time (on the playground, in Bouncing Bears, and in the gym) bend and reach, squat, push, pull, carry, lift, dance, and play with children, as well as walking indoors and outdoors, climbing stairs and participating in classes with children (PE, Music, and Bouncing Bears).