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Preschool Teacher Aide/Floater

Posted: 07/29/2022

Phelps Ingersoll Center for Children

PositionPreschool Teacher’s Aide

Reports To: Early Childhood Programs Director 

30 hours per week, Monday through Friday

Pay Range: $14-16.00 per hour


  1. COVID VACCINE - As a condition of employment, any employees beginning employment after October 1, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated. Employees beginning work after October 1, 2021 who wish to apply for a medical or religious exemption must make the request for exemption upon acceptance of the employment offer.
  2. Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Must be at least 20 years of age.
  4. Must have a minimum of one year of experience working with children.
  5. Must have course work in early childhood education or related field, CDA, or enroll in CDA program upon hire.
  6. Certification in Childcare First Aid including CPR.
  7. Administration of Medication Training.
  8. Ability to bend and lift 40 pounds.

General Function: Responsible for providing a high quality developmentally appropriate learning environment that fosters the positive growth and development of children.

Principal Activities

  1. To assist in the care of children, in the absence of the teaching staff and follow the lead of the regular onsite staff.
  2. Assist in the care of children, while providing a 15 minute and lunch breaks for the preschool teachers.
  3. To provide a nurturing well-organized environment that supports the intellectual, social-emotional, and individual needs of children while encouraging independence and decision making.
  4. To engage in positive discipline, setting clear expectations and appropriate consequences that support a child's ability to acquire the skills of self-discipline.   
  5. To develop a working understanding of various standards to ensure that the standards are being applied.
  6. Maintain program supplies and classroom equipment providing regular inventories, implementing a system for regular maintenance checks and disinfecting of toys and supplies.  Daily clean up, weekly cot spray, cleaning table and floor after meals, weekly  and monthly toy wash.
  7. To follow the established schedule and ensure follow through on daily classroom tasks such as basic cleaning, food preparation, room clean up, and disinfecting of food preparation areas.  Set up lunch area and cots, prepare toothbrushes.
  8. To maintain open communication with the Director and other staff members regarding issues that pertain to the well-being of children and families.
  9. Participate in family style meals, appropriately modeling to ensure a quality food service and nutritional experience according to the NAEYC and Child and Adult Care Food Program standards.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Attend regular staff meetings and professional development workshops.
  2. Participate in a minimum of 10 hours of ongoing professional development each year.
  3. Attendance at monthly parenting events.
  4. Conduct Bus duty when needed for any children who receive Special Education services by the Public School system.  

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

  The YMCA strives to deliver positive change in communities throughout Northern Middlesex County. Every day, our staff -- of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences -- works to bridge the gaps in community needs by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving individuals' health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors. 

The Northern Middlesex YMCA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. The Northern Middlesex YMCA makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.