Early Childhood Education Infant Teacher

The Santa Monica Family YMCA is seeking a qualified and dynamic person to join our team!  
Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Child Development Director, Master Lead Infant Teacher and the Lead Infant Teacher. This position is responsible for supervision and care of children in the Infant program and aiding the team of teachers in general supervision and management of a class of Infant-aged children. Provides direction for the program and classroom, assists in planning and implements age-appropriate program curriculum. This position is also responsible for helping with recordkeeping, inventory of supplies in the classroom and any safety issues. Provides a quality experience to children and parents that is in accordance with the association’s policies and procedures that focus on the YMCA values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

  • A minimum of 12 ECE units from an accredited college and a commitment to continue education to obtain an AA or BA in Early Childhood Education or a related field.
  • Infant Toddler ECE units are required.  Completed of infant and toddler courses from an accredited college with a “C” grade or better.
  • Must have current Infant/Child/Adult CPR, First Aid, AED certifications.
  • Complete in-house and online Safety, Sexual Harassment, Child Abuse Prevention, Mandated Reporter and other assigned trainings within the first 30 days of hire.
  • Up-to-date TB test every 2 years. If you have a chest x-ray on file a TB test is no longer required.
  • Must have a current Live scan active on file.
  • One year previous experience working with infants and/or toddlers in a developmental setting preferred.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations. Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
  • Candidates must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • If hired, employee must present a negative COVID-19 test prior to first day of employment.


  • This position is not considered light duty.  Employee must be able to lift 50 pounds;  be able stand, walk, sit, bend, squat, kneel, and be in good physical health.   
  • Employee must be able to be on their feet for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to safely withstand exposure to the elements which include sun, wind, and any weather while on duty.
  • Ability to see at normal distance and hear normal conversations and sounds.
  • Use hands and fingers to fill out required forms on regular basis.
Essential Functions

Administration / Management Responsibilities:

  • Conduct classroom programs in compliance with department policies and procedures following all state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Makes ongoing, systematic observations and evaluations of each child.
  • Maintain all children’s classroom records in an up-to-date accurate and appropriate manner.
  • Advise supervisor of all incidents, problems and occurrences with staff, children, parents, and program.
  • Complete assignments in a timely, organized, neat and accurate manner.
  • Attend and participate in regular in-service trainings for staff.
  • Advise Lead Teacher and/or Child Development Director of necessary equipment repair and general maintenance needs
  • Follow daily opening and / or closing procedures.
  • Insure the work, classroom and program activity areas are kept in an organized and tidy manner.
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment for all program participants.
  • Employ consistent methods of child behavior management and work with all staff in maintaining consistent and fair techniques.
  • Give attention to and solve day-to-day “crisis” that occur in the program.
  • Address parent and program participant concerns in a timely and professional manner.
  • Supervise and assist children with meals and snack time.
  • Insure children have regular diaper changes and their personal needs are met.
  • Supervise nap/quiet time for children.
  • Keep the Lead Teacher, Co-Teachers and Child Development Director are informed of all parent concerns and issues.
  • Follow YMCA work rules and procedures to complete all assigned tasks and duties in an efficient, timely and positive manner.
  • Model non-sexist and non-racist behavior.
  • Be cooperative, accessible and an active member of the YMCA staff.
  • Be punctual and responsible to assigned schedule and not abuse staff privileges.
  • Follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines and precautions.
  • Maintain State Licensing and staff/child ratios requirements at all times.
  • Orient new parents and children to the program, assist with tours as needed. 


  • CPR, First Aid and AED certifications must be current.
  • Staff must adhere to safety protocols related to COVID-19 in a child care setting.  All employees and participants have daily health checks, wear face masks, and practice social distancing
  • Absolutely no contact with students or program participants outside of the YMCA either in person, via social media, text, online, etc.  Babysitting or caring for children who are enrolled or were enrolled in the program is prohibited.  Any outside contact with current or former enrollees of the program will result in immediate termination.
  • Employees should be aware that all information published on a blog or public website is public accessible. You are advised to be mindful that the information you post on the internet will likely be seen by members of the Santa Monica Family YMCA community and could reflect poorly on your character. Therefore, information posted on public websites that reflects poor character values is putting your job at risk.
  • Employees may not wear headphones or earbuds while on duty.
  • Employees may only use their cell phone when off duty or for emergencies.
  • Employees may not take pictures or post pictures of students or program participants on any form of social media without the consent of the parent/guardian and the YMCA Administration.
  • Employees may not accept financial or cash gifts or payments from parents or guardians.  
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


  • Relationships

  • Communication

  • Developing Others

  • Inclusion

  • Innovation

  • Quality Results

Required Certifications
  • Must have current Infant/Child/Adult CPR, First Aid, AED certifications.
  • Up-to-date TB test every 2 years. If you have a chest x-ray on file a TB test is no longer required.
  • Must have a current Live scan active on file.
  • Candidates must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19