Pre-School Teacher

The RARITAN BAY AREA Y offers not just a job - but a Career with a future; and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community.
Job Description

We are currently accepting applications/resumes from outgoing, creative, committed, and certified Preschool Teachers for our Y's Learning Center. Under the direction of the Preschool Director, the Preschool Teacher is responsible for the delivery of a high-quality educational experience, using the Creative Curriculum, for the children and families under his/her care with the aid of a Teacher Assistant.

The Preschool Teacher will consistently strive to demonstrate cause-driven leadership through the following YMCA Leadership Competencies - Mission Advancement; Collaboration; Operational Effectiveness and Personal Growth. The Preschool Teacher engages in and promotes the YMCA mission through the core values: Honesty, Caring, Responsibility, Respect, and Faith.

  • Previous experience teaching Pre-K children ages 3 to 5 years old, preferably in a daycare setting, is a MUST.
  • The Teacher shall have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and State of NJ Teaching Certification (preschool through grade three).
  • We will only respond to candidates with a State of NJ Teaching Certification (P-3).
Essential Functions
  • Promote and incorporate the YMCA four core values: Caring-Honesty-Respect-Responsibility and Faith and character development model into all program activities.
  • Must maintain compliance with the Creative Curriculum.
  • Plan and conduct daily activities for children, with Preschool Director approval.
  • Supervise and guide teacher assistants ensuring that they are working towards the YMCA mission and have a clear understanding of and follow the four core values, leading by example.
  • Prepare developmentally appropriate educational material needed to implement the daily activities.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, pleasant physical environment conducive to optimal growth and development of children.
  • Observe, record, and evaluate children’s significant behavior.
  • Supervise indoor-outdoor activities and nap periods.
  • Attend staff and parent meetings and contribute to the meeting.
  • Meet with individual parents at least twice yearly to report on child’s progress, discuss concerns with parents and act on those concerns.
  • Administer first aid and supervise children’s personal hygiene.
  • Oversee the administration of medication after receiving written permission from the parents or medical provider.
  • Be responsible for all daily paperwork needed to maintain state code.
  • Oversee all bathroom procedures - diapering, potty training, hand washing, etc.
  • Show a professional enthusiasm for teaching.
  • Be responsible for attending all mandatory workshops/meetings as well as those recommended by YMCA and/or Preschool Director.
  • Learn to identify and report child abuse.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a child’s growth a development when working with children, recording activities, and talking with parents.
  • Demonstrate, verbally and by role-modeling, a sound knowledge of good teaching practices.
  • Assists in the marketing and distribution of program information.
  • Assists and participates in fundraising activities and special events.
Required Certifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and State of NJ Teaching Certification (preschool through grade three).
  • State of NJ Teaching Certification (P-3).