Our mission is to inspire children to become creative and independent problem solvers. We are committed to creating a nurturing environment where every child’s needs are respected and opportunities that encourage self-discovery through play and project-based learning are provided.
At the Lagoon Playgroup, we believe that multi layered, rich, and complex environments support the children’s learning. Every space, indoors and outdoors, is created with intention. Experiences are set up to encourage children to interact with each other and make meaningful connections with the natural environment. We strive to develop a collaborative community among children and their families. Parent participation is valued and adds richness to the program. It is our belief that a supportive community is a vital part of the journey through childhood for children and parents alike.
Job Title: Preschool Teacher/Director
● Responsible for daily management of the school, while providing direct supervision of children following licensing Title 22 requirements.
● Demonstrate respect and acceptance for children and understanding of their needs (cognitive, physical, social-emotional, medications, allergies, etc.).
● Implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on observations and children’s interests.
● Plan and prepare a balance of open-ended, readily available, and long-term activities and projects that support cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth.
● Remain current in best practices of early childhood development and design creative ways of supporting children’s development through meaningful teaching practices.
● Set-up an appropriate environment both indoors and outdoors. Regularly replenish and refresh these environments to support children’s growing interests and skills as well as nurture best health and safety practices.
● Provide a safe social and emotional environment that fosters close and trusting
relationships with children, families, and other staff members.
● Address concerns and challenges of parents or children while working collaboratively to create well-balanced solutions that meet both individual needs and the needs and requirements of the program.
● Develop a collaborative team atmosphere and provide guidance and support for working parents and other staff.
● Arrange for a substitute teacher when necessary.
● Schedule and lead monthly parent meetings, which include educational workshops and/or speaking about Reggio inspired, early childhood education programming.
● Options to extend programming, including but not limited to parent toddler class.
● Check and maintain the school email account daily. Maintain regular and open communication with parents and board members.
● Ensure that the cooperative location meets all State and Federal Requirements.
● Efficiently run all school operations, including coordination with facility maintenance and working with state/local agencies to enable the cooperative to operate.
● Oversee annual set-up and clean-up of the school. Ensure the facility is safe and well stocked.
● Collect and maintain membership registration, tuition, contracts, and licensing forms.
● Assist in creating, approving, and working within the cooperative’s budget.
● Execute all preparation, training, and drills related to emergency preparedness including earthquake, fire, lock down, first aid, and CPR.
● Implement procedures and protocols recommended by local and state governing agencies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
● Promote awareness of the school and its services to the communities we serve.
● Recruit new members and ensure member eligibility. Lead tours to prospective families.
● Serve as an ex-officio member of the board.
● Minimum of one of the following:
○ High School / GED graduate with 12 early childhood units in the area of early childhood development, child/family/community, programs, and curriculum (core courses).
○ AA in Early Childhood Education
○ BS in Early Childhood Education
○ Child Development Site Supervisor Permit
● 3 administrative units
● 4 years teaching and/or supervisory experience in a licensed early childhood program
● Knowledge and experience with Reggio-inspired curriculum is preferred
● A year-by-year contracted commitment
● Available to work Monday-Friday within the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The school follows the LBUSD calendar and holidays.
● Commitment to attend occasional school events outside of regular scheduled hours as well as all monthly board meetings and general parent meetings
● Current on all vaccinations, including COVID-19. Requires a negative TB test.
Physical and Mental requirements:
The employee works in an outdoor space as well as a classroom setting. The noise level can be moderately loud. An employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, or crawl, climb or balance and lift up to 50 pounds. An employee is required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret information; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret people and situations; learn and apply new information; work with constant interruptions and interact with parents and children.