Job Code: Day1

Daycare Assistant Teacher

Category: Archive

Job Type: Part-Time
Rate: Range $9.00 - $10.00
Keywords: daycare, childcare, teacher



  • Possess a High School Diploma, or a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED), and display strong language and professional skills, or be a parent, and display strong language and professional skills.
  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • Must be able to lift a child, stoop to a child's level, and move quickly in response to children's unexpected actions when necessary.
  • Must be able to work well with young children, parents, staff and the general public. Must display strong member service skills.   Must be able to work closely and cooperatively with Center Directors, classroom teachers and support staff.


To Apply:  Send resume to  fax to: 201-955-2055 attn: Daycare Director


HOURS:   Part Time approximately 6-15 hours a week depending on scheduling



All YMCA Child Care positions follow the required qualifications requirements as outlined by the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers - State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, Division of Youth and Family Services. Must complete background check, fingerprinting, and obtain all required certification courses & training required and provided by the Meadowlands YMCA.


The Assistant Teacher assists the Director/Head Teacher/Group Teacher to plan, develop, implement, supervise and evaluate the Center's child development program, and maintains classroom and joint-use space.


  • Provides a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries.
  • Promotes good health and nutrition and provides an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness.
  • Uses space, relationships, materials and routines as resources for constructing an interesting, secure, and     enjoyable environment that encourages play, exploration and learning.
  • Provides a variety of equipment, activities, and opportunities to promote the physical development of children.
  • Provides activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem solving appropriate to the development levels and learning styles of children.
  • Actively communicates with children; provides opportunities and support for children to understand, acquire and use verbal and nonverbal means of communicating.
  • Provides opportunities that stimulate children to play with sound, rhythm, language, materials, space, and ideas in individual ways and to express their creative abilities.
  • Provides physical and emotional security for each child and helps each child to know, accept, and take pride in himself or herself and to develop a sense of independence.
  • Helps each child feel accepted in the group, helps children learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors as individuals and as a group.
  • Provides a supportive environment in which children can begin to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors as individuals and as a group.
  • Maintains an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child's family; encourages involvement in the program; supports the child's relationship with his or her family. Greets parents who are entering or leaving the room.
  • Uses all available resources to ensure an effective operation; is a competent organizer, planner, record keeper, communicator, and a cooperative co-worker.
  • Makes decisions based on knowledge of early childhood theories and practices, promotes quality childcare serves, and takes advantage of opportunities to improve competence.
  • Willing to work with all age groups, willing to change classrooms as needed to meet staffing requirements.


  •  Work closely with the Teacher in developing, planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating a developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities.
  • Plan and supervise small-group activities under the supervision and guidance of the Lead Teacher.
  • Respond to individual children and small groups while keeping in mind the needs of the larger group.
  • Attend to children's physical and emotional needs, including maintenance of proper staff-child ratios, adequate supervision of children, and maintenance of classroom health and safety standards.
  • Provide a positive role model for children in the proper use, care and maintenance of classroom space, equipment and materials, and joint-use areas.
  • Provide a positive role model for children by cleaning up before and after meals and snacks.
  • Observe, evaluate and help keep anecdotal records on each child's development.
  • Maintain a positive and supportive relationship with parents of children in his/her classroom.
  • Keep information about children and families confidential.
  • Relay all relevant information about program activities and children to the Lead Teacher, office and parents in a timely, positive, professional manner.
  • Welcome visitors to the classroom and interpret the Center's program and philosophy to them.
  • Participate actively in staff meetings, training sessions and fundraisers. Attend at least 2 early childhood development programs per year.
  • Set and actively pursue professional growth objectives.
  • Perform routine housekeeping duties in the classroom as requested by the Head Teacher.
  • Fulfill the general responsibilities of employment with the Meadowlands Area YMCA.