Toddler Teacher

Job Summary

East Tenth United Methodist Children & Youth Center is now hiring a Full-Time Early Childhood Educator to work in our Toddler Rooms! We are an Early Head Start Child Care Partnerand a Level 3 Paths to Quality Provider on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis seeking passionate and energetic educators with strong communication skills to join our team.

Applicants will be responsible for providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences for the children and planning creative and engaging activities that promote the development of the whole child. Applicant will be responsible for providing a nurturing, clean and organized classroom environment. Experience with ISTAR-KR and the Reggio Emilia Approach are helpful.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of an Infant Toddler CDA or an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.Classroom experience preferred. Applicant must have strong written and oral communication skills. Strong relationship building skills with both parents and children required.

Responsibilities and Duties

Position Summary:

The Toddler Teacher is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of children and with assisting with the academic, physical, and social-emotional development of all children in their care, which may include infant, toddler and/or preschool aged children in a teamwork-based setting. The Toddler Teacher is responsible for assuring compliance with codes of all state and local governing agencies, as well as Paths to Quality, NAEYC, Early Head Start, and all East Tenth UMCYC policies and procedures.


High School Diploma required. CDA, Associates or Bachelors of Early Childhood Education required. Continued education is required. Team members must complete a minimum of 20 approved continuing education hours of training annually.

Minimum Requirements:

Ability to provide a quality, caring, and supportive child care services to all families which includes addressing unique child care needs. Strong communication skills with children, parents, coworkers and supervisors to build trust and a strong relationship. Ability to comply with all relevant regulatory codes. Able to change diapers, assist with meals and aid in toileting as needed. Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible at all times and to all those you have contact with.

Physical Demands include:

Diapering and toileting children, spending long periods of time on the floor playing with children, standing on the playground, engaging in active play with children, spending extended periods of time outdoors in all seasons

Engagement and Interactions

  • Supervise children by sight and sound at all times
  • Maintain proper staff to child ratio and group size at all times
  • Ensure all children feel safe, accepted, and supported
  • Communicate with and listen to children with lots of one-on-one attention, at eye level
  • Acknowledge children’s feelings, ideas and questions
  • Join into play with the children, often sitting on the floor or at the table with them
  • Engage with children in a meaningful way, scaffold concepts using open ended questions

Family Engagement

  • Log daily care events and daily activities through Life Cubby
  • Proactively build trust and positive relationships with children and families regardless of their background, culture, family structure or ability
  • Warmly greet families each day at arrival and departure
  • Share positive feedback with families daily
  • Encourage family participation in classroom activities, fieldtrips, and family nights
  • Conduct progress focused family conferences bi-annually or as needed

Create focused, weekly lesson plans

  • All lesson plans should coincide with children’s interests and follow the project approach
  • All lesson plans must include developmentally appropriate activities for all children
  • All plans must be focused on your topic of interest
  • The classroom environment is shaped intentionally through weekly planning
  • Plans must reference the Foundations to Indiana Academic Standards

Implement lesson plans and center based activities and investigations

  • Provide a meeting time daily for students to discuss plans for the day and new concepts (excludes infants)
  • Use small groups in the classroom for individualized attention
  • Using lesson plan, support your co-teacher in the implementation of all activities
  • Activities must be developmentally appropriate for all children
  • Set-up activities by preparing the classroom and supplies ahead of time s for easy transitions

Classroom/Behavior Management

  • Review Disciplinary Actions found in the Employee and Parent Handbooks
  • Work to build a positive relationship with all students
  • Provide redirection and positive discipline to students, use a problem solving approach
  • If a child needs to be removed from the situation, ensure that time spent away from the classroom remains productive
  • In coordination with administrators, schedule meetings with parents as necessary to create behavior plans and collaborate on student needs

Observation and Assessment

  • Identify areas or students that need more teaching time or adjustments to the environment
  • Identify behavioral issues with or between students, create an action plan to address issues
  • Observe children’s development/time at play to help guide lesson planning
  • Complete ISTAR-KR Assessments on all children bi-annually
  • Complete monthly portfolio work for each student, including but not limited to observations, writing samples and developmental checklists

Paths to Quality, Accreditation, Early Head Start (PTQ, NAEYC & EHS)

  • Uphold standards of both the Paths to Quality Level 3 Standards, the NAEYC Standards, and Early Head Start Requirements
  • Complete all responsibilities required by PTQ, NAEYC, & EHS
  • Complete classroom portfolios documenting the work that takes place in your classroom
  • Attend all trainings and meetings pertinent to your work at East Tenth UMCYC

Facilities Use

  • Prepared your classroom for students each day
  • Ensure classroom is cleaned, organized, swept, sanitized and all trash is out at end of day
  • Ensure children conduct themselves in a respectful manner while using facilities; including but not limited to hallways, bathroom, gymnasium, and cafeteria

Please note that as a Team Member of the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center, you may be asked to perform small tasks other than those listed here. We hope that you are able to remain flexible to the constantly changing needs of the children and Center.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $10.00 to $13.00 /hour


  • teaching: 1 year (Preferred)

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Hours M-F: 7:00AM-5:30PM
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