Child Development Floater Teacher (CARE) at University of Florida

Posted in Other 12 days ago.

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Job Description:

Child Development Floater Teacher (CARE)

Job No: 526108

Work Type:

Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)

Categories: RealCat

Department: 62060000 - HR-BABY GATOR

Job Description

Classification Title:

Child Development Floater Teacher (CARE)

Job Description:

Create a Lifelong Love of Learning with Baby Gator!

UF's Early Childhood Collaboratory at Baby Gator is nationally recognized in early childhood education field and is a NAEYC accredited program. Distinguished for their best-in-class curriculum and practices, UF ECC's team of professional teachers provide superior care and early education, support the advancement of early childhood research, and promote the University's rise to a No. 6 best public university.

Position Description:

UF's Early Childhood Collaboratory at Baby Gator is seeking engaging, passionate, and professional early childhood teachers. At UF ECC our teachers provide quality care and early education to our children through play-based experiences, and real-life, hands-on learning opportunities, fostering a life-long love of learning!

Child Development Floater Teachers at UF ECC work and collaborate with a diverse, family-oriented team within our program as well as across the broader University of Florida community.

In this role, floater teachers are assigned to a particular age group, but may cover a variety of age group classrooms throughout the day, if needed. Floaters also assist with various tasks around the center. Floater teachers are able to learn and grow in their careers through tailored professional development opportunities including individualized Practice Based Coaching, training and development through the University, and access to the TEACH scholarships to further their education or credentials.

The roles and responsibilities of a Child Development Floater Teacher are as follows:

  • Maintaining a safe, healthy, and hygienic environment for all children (ages infant to 5 years).
  • Maintaining a learning environment that is supportive of children's growth, development and learning through age and developmentally appropriate lessons and activities.
  • Implementing lesson plans and activities that address social, emotional, physical, and cognitive areas and demonstrate respect and support of diversity in language, culture, and learning styles.
  • Supervising safety and educational learning while on field trips around UF campus and the Gainesville community.
  • Communicating and supporting parents to ensure the needs of children and families are met.
    • Demonstrating a high level of professionalism by maintaining confidentiality of child and family information, adhering to policies and regulations, and maintaining professional communication with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Other duties as assigned such as light cleaning and providing coverage in classrooms during planning and breaks.
  • Child Development Floater Teachers must be physically able to perform all duties related to the care and teaching of young children with reasonable accommodations, including repeated bending, kneeling, sitting on the floor, lifting children up to 40 lbs, and frequent hand washing.
  • It is recommended that child care personnel are current with all immunizations routinely recommended for adults by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • UF's Early Childhood Collaboratory at Baby Gator

    UF ECC serves as the early childhood education center, for the University of Florida and has three centers on campus - Lake Alice, Newell Drive and Diamond Village. With a mission to provide quality care and early education, foster a life-long love of learning, advance research across disciplines, and support professional development in all fields related to children and families. UF ECC has a team of over 60 teachers and administrators who work collaboratively to achieve this mission.

    The UF ECC team fosters a positive work environment where diversity is valued and supported while providing a high-quality service to the children & families of the University and to the field of early childhood education.

    Advertised Salary:

    $13.00 to $15.00 per hour based on education and experience.

    This is a CARE position offering specialized benefits such as 15 days of paid time off, paid holidays, health insurance, continuing education scholarships and tailored professional development.

    Minimum Requirements:

    • 2 years of childcare experience in a public school or childcare facility setting
    • High School Diploma
    • Successful completion of 40 hours Child Care Training and exams required by the Department of Children and Families Services (DCF)
    • Ability to pass Child Care Background Screening as required by DCF
    • 40 hour per week availability

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Current Infant/Toddler CPR Training
    • Associate's + 1 year of experience OR Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) or Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), or an equivalent combination of education and experience

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please submit a resume, list of references, and DCF transcript.

    Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

    This position is eligible for veteran's preference. If you are claiming veteran's preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

    Multiple positions will be hired from this posting.

    Health Assessment Required:


    Applications Close: Open until filled

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