CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Plans and implements activities which are designed to develop a range of social, cognitive, and/or motor skills for individual and/or groups of children within a specified age range, working within a child care center, classroom, or field environment. Supervises and trains student employees and/or staff engaged in child care and development activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepares and implements learning and skills development plans for targetted population, on a weekly and/or monthly basis.
- Designs and implements developmentally appropriate individual and/or group activities and learning opportunities according to individual needs and learning styles.
- Provides individual and/or group direction, guidance and supervision of children in the performance of developmental activities.
- Prepares instructional, developmental, and recreational materials, facilities, and equipment in accordance with applicable regulations, policies, and standards; instructs, guides and/or supervises children in the proper and safe use of facilities and equipment.
- Instructs and monitors children in the development of proper health care and hygiene skills; as appropriate to position, performs nutrition and hygiene procedures as necessary for children too young or otherwise unable to provide for themselves.
- As appropriate to position, prepares and supervises meals and snacks for children participating in programs.
- Interacts with parents and community groups; maintains open and cooperative communication with parents and families, encouraging their involvement in the program and supporting the child's family relationships.
- Performs routine cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance of center facilities and equipment.
- May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
- Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis. High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
- Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Knowledge of child cognitive, social, and skills development methods and techniques.
- Ability to plan, develop, and implement development activities and programs for children.
- Ability to safely use cleaning equipment and supplies.
- Knowledge of child development theory and practice.
- Child supervision skills.
- Ability to lead, instruct, and successfully interact with children of various ages under 10 years.
- Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
- Ability to instruct and successfully interact with very young children and/or adolescents.
- Knowledge of the application, safe usage, and maintenance requirements of relevant facilities and equipment.
- Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children.
- Ability to manage and provide for the health, nutrition, and hygiene requirements of infants, young children, and/or adolescents.
- Knowledge of basic food preparation techniques and standards.
- Ability to persuade and influence others.
- Employment requires: A) planning and organizing cognitive, social, and motor skills development activities for children according to pre-established protocol; B) guidance and supervision of children in the performance of developmental activities; C) preparation and delivery of developmental and instructional materials; D) interaction with parents and community agencies; E) use of established health care, sanitation, and hygiene methods and techniques.
Typical Conditions of Employment
- Specialty licensure/certification may be required, as specified by the department.
- Successful candidate must pass a comprehensive post-offer, pre-employment criminal and fingerprinting background check.
Typical Working Conditions and Physical Effort
- Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
- Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
- Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.