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23 Apr 2022

Full-Time Lead Child Care Teacher

ymcapkc Lakewood, Washington, United States

Job Description

The Y is a leading non-profit committed to strengthening our community by connecting others to their ultimate potential. We focus on empowering people in all forms, by improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across our neighborhoods. The Y ensures that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships, and resources necessary to learn, grow, and thrive. Ignite your Passion, Live the Y Cause, and Join our Team!

As the Lead Child Care Teacher, you will support the YMCA Child Care Program year-round to serve our community with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop interests and talents with a focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement so that children have fun, grow and thrive in our care. You will help in providing balanced recreation, education, and character development through enriched activities full of fun and friendship. In this position you will be able to use your skills for:

Promote a positive environment that fosters fun, safety, and our YMCA values which include the implementation of proximity praise, specific action compliments, and our 8 Points of Leadership.

  • Plan and develop a daily schedule of classroom routines and activities. Prepare and implement the curriculum. Provide an integrated, child-centered, comprehensive curriculum and multicultural environment, which meets the needs of every child, including those with disabilities.
  • Come alongside school personnel to support academic goals and plans for children and the school.
  • Directly supervise children at all times and maintain program/site in compliance with state licensing standards.
  • Maintain positive relationships and effective communication with students, parents, and peers.
  • Maintain accurate records of the children including their development, attendance, immunization, and general health
  • Train, encourage, and lead all staff members utilizing the Leadership Competency Development Guide.
  • Provide guidance, mentoring, and leadership to new site staff following training guidelines and create follow-up plans throughout the school year.
  • Dispense medication according to the Medication Authorization Form and maintain accurate records of such.

Are you a good fit?

  • I am at least 21 years old.
  • I want to have fun at work!
  • I have two years of full-time experience leading others.
  • I have 30 or more college quarter credits in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, and Elementary Education OR the equivalent educational background in courses relating to early learning or child development.
  • I have completed STARS training (i.e. Ongoing 10 hours, 20/30 Hour Basic) or commit to completing after hire.
  • I have previous experience working with children in a childcare setting and knowledge of school-aged child development.
  •  I enjoy working with school-aged children and diverse populations.
  •  I currently have (or commit to obtaining after hire) CPR, Basic First Aid, Food Handlers Card, and TB immunization card.
  • Able and willing to complete online Child Abuse Prevention training on the first day, and other online and in-person training as required.

Starting Wage: $18.50 per hour + per hour, depending on qualifications/experience

Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision benefits package, Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), Life and Long Term Disability benefits, Paid Time Off (PTO), Extended Leave Plan (ELP), a family membership to the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, training and professional education, YMCA program and merchandise discounts (up to 50%), employee referral bonus program, the opportunity to participate in a retirement savings plan and more!

Hours:  Full-Time, 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

Location:  Elementary school located within Pierce County (multiple locations available in Clover Park, Lakewood, Sumner, Puyallup)

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, individuals that work in an educational setting must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is received and approved. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. If you need to request a medical or religious exemption please contact

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

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