Early Childhood Teacher

Website Willow Grove Childcare

Willow Grove Childcare

Job Description

Job Summary:

Provide general care and education to children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. This position requires providing services to the assigned classroom in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the functional/developmental age of the individual served.




  • At least 19 years of age
  • Minimum of High School Diploma or GED
  • 60 semester hours of credits from an accredited college or university with 6 semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age 6


  • One year of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center AND 30 semester hours of credits from an accredited college or university with 6 semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.


  • Completion of Programs approved by the Department in accordance with Appendix G (Part 407 Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers)

The Department will use the following criteria to review and approve early childhood teacher credentialing programs.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Candidates must have at least a high school diploma or equivalency (GED)
  • The credentialing program must require a minimum of 640 clock hours of documented experience within the past 5 years working with children ages zero to 6 in a public or private school operated nursery school, kindergarten or licensed day care center.
  • Must obtain Food Handlers Certificate
  • Completion of Lead Safety Training, including mitigation plan strategies and impact of lead exposure.
  • Completed training and is currently certified in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver, Active CPR & First Aid certification for adult and pediatric ages and first aid for choking infants or ability to obtain.


Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Emotional maturity when working with children.
  • Listening skills, availability and responsiveness to children.
  • Thorough understanding of Daycare center operations.
  • Ensure selected curriculum is being appropriately taught.
  • Strong organizational, communication, public relations, computer and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to plan, direct, conduct and coordinate classroom functions.
  • Ability to implement policy and procedures.
  • Knowledge and implementation of Illinois child care guidelines and state licensing.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and proven success implementing programs for children based on developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Accepts and respects differences in children, parents and coworkers.
  • Desire to help children meet their developmental and emotional needs.




A Minimum of 1 year of experience in a preschool, kindergarten, or licensed Childcare Center.



Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Maintain, at all times, high quality child care standards based on developmentally appropriate practices.
  2. Supervise Early Childhood Assistants in the classroom.
  3. Performs quality care of children in accordance with expected standards.
  4. Provides nurturing interactions that promote and encourage positive self-esteem in each child.
  5. Utilizes developmentally appropriate educational practices to promote life skills.
  6. Facilitates a quality learning environment that promotes health and safety practices.
  7. Maintain open, consistent and effective communication with parents, providing parent education training, assistance and support as needed.
  8. Provide reliable, accurate and timely information about the Daycare center to interested parties.
  9. Attain and maintain membership in Gateways to Opportunity Registry.
  10. Follow all rules, regulations, and policies of Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Senior Services and follow directives from supervisors.
  11. Follow attendance policy as assigned by supervisor.
  12. Perform other functions that may be assigned by the Administration.
  13. Attend professional development seminars to maintain an understanding of the current best practices of curriculum and administrative functions of child development programs.
  14. Articulate the center’s mission to employees and other stakeholders and solicit support in realizing the mission.
  15. Use appropriate and effective techniques to encourage community and parent involvement.
  16. Represent the center in a professional, courteous and positive manner at all times.
  17. Promote a positive, caring climate for learning for staff, students, and parents.
  18. Deal sensitively and fairly with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  19. Communicate effectively staff, students and their families.
  20. Perform any and all duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervise Early Childhood Assistants assigned to the classroom.


Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

Maintain emotional control under stress. Work with frequent interruptions. Occasional prolonged and irregular hours, frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing and pulling; prolonged use of computer and repetitive hand motions; occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.