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Co-Lead Teacher, Mixed Age Room (children age 17 months to 4 years)


Desnoyer Park Neighborhood
525 Pelham Blvd
Saint Paul, MN

Start Date: June 7, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Co-Lead Teacher responsibilities include:

1. Create a warm, welcoming and enriching environment with the co-lead teacher for 14 children and parent volunteers
2. Curate the classroom in creating a dynamic and developmentally appropriate environment, respectful of children’s interests
3. Honor the needs of the children to be curious and involved co-creators of the ongoing curriculum
3. Provide opportunities for children to grow their physical and cognitive capabilities
4. Support each child’s current social and emotional state and encourage growth in their abilities
5. Collaborate with families to create a community working to lift up children, their competencies and their rights
6. Invite parents and care givers to be meaningful classroom helpers
7. Contribute to creating a responsive, efficient and intentional program in which families seek our care and co-workers inspire and support each other
8. Seek opportunities to further their own professional development to: support children, families and co-workers; grow the KidsPark cooperative program; and contribute to the childcare profession

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Desired candidates must be:

1. Interested in children and their individual and collective curiosity and inspired to be curious along with the children
2. Comfortable working on a teaching team, sharing your ideas, listening to others and reflecting on what is incorporated into ongoing work
3. Able to create meaningful activity plans based on children’s interests, be flexible to reorient activity plans with the children, reflect alone and with others on how the activity plans were received by the children and incorporate reflective activities into ongoing work
4. Committed to continually learn, formally through training classes, informally from reflecting on your work and the work of others and networking with other professionals
5. Able to find enjoyment spending time outdoors year-round
6. Qualified as a Lead Teacher per Minnesota Rule 3 guidance

Preference given to job applicants who fit above characteristics also possess:
1. Demonstrated experience working in a way consistent Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education
2. Current First Aid and CPR certification, with infant/pediatric credentials

Salary & Benefits

Dependent on experience

-Accrued Paid Time Off for sick or vacation equal to 4 weeks;
-11 paid holidays;
-24 hours annual paid training (hours and fees);
-Weekly paid, dedicated, planning and documentation time;
-YMCA membership discount

Application Procedures

Please send:
1) a statement on your philosophy in working with children and why you are interested in this position at KidsPark;
2) a current resume including relevant experience;
3) a sample schedule of how you would spend a day with children 14 children ages 17 months to 4 years old, starting at 9:00am and ending at 3:00pm

Program Description

KidsPark, established in 1988, is a not-for-profit (501c3), professionally staffed, cooperatively operated, state-licensed drop-in child care facility inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. KidsPark is based in the Desnoyer Park neighborhood of St. Paul, MN. KidsPark staff provides care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The mission of KidsPark is to provide a safe, nurturing, developmentally appropriate learning and play environment, while providing families with professional, flexible, quality, hourly childcare.

Contact Info

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