With squares like “had the jacket battle” and “ate to many sweets” this is a fun game to play before staff meetings or holiday parties.
Give teachers two or three days to play and cross out squares as they happen. It’s a great way to start a meeting with laughs and gives teachers a way to connect with each other.
Have ideas or would like to change a few boxes to personalize it for your center? Just email us and we would be happy to change it for you. We would also be happy email you the document for downloading and printing as is.
Parents are not the only ones looking for a high quality program. Teachers in the early childcare field look for high quality programs to work in. There are key features that teachers can look for to know that they are entering a program that supports staff and encourages growth.
The following are signs of a high quality childcare program for teachers new to the field.
1. How is the overall atmosphere of the center?
When you walk into a center take a moment to listen and look around. Are the kids and staff happy, relaxed, and engaged? Or do the teachers seem stressed and overworked? Teachers that are stressed and overworked is an indication that the administrative staff is not giving support. The administrative staff should have an organized schedule of the day and offer professional resources to assist teachers in their continuing education. During the interview process, the director should outline your daily schedule and discuss how a teacher maintains the required annual training hours.
2. How is the physical environment?
Throughout the day, the classroom environment will get messy when kids are working and playing, but overall centers should be clean and organized. It is common for teachers to be responsible for daily clean up. If the center is disorganized and dirty it could mean that teachers are overworked and do not have time to keep up with this part of the job.
Another indicator is what is hung on the walls. Do you see children’s work displayed? Do you see pictures of the children and their families? You should also see informational boards for parents and teachers that share important information about the center. These are all items that should be displayed and show that staff have a commitment to creating a high quality center.
3. Are teachers and parents are engaged?
From infant to Pre-k, teachers should use positive talk and be responsive to children and their needs. Interactions between teachers are courtesy and respectful. Parent engagement is also important. Do teachers seem comfortable talking to the parents? Do the parents look like they want to have conversations with the teachers? Positive interactions between these groups show that they enjoy being a part of this community.
4. Are children engaged?
Take a moment to observe the children. Are the children busy playing and interacting with each other and teachers. Are children given time to finish a puzzle or block tower. Are they given time to learn how to be independent. It is easier for a teacher to throw a plate away or wash a child’s hands for them, but a high quality center gives children the ability to be independent.
5. How is the daily communication?
High quality child care centers have open and clear communication between teachers and parents. Bulletin boards, notes home, progress reports and newsletters are all forms of open communication. Many schools use apps or digital communication. During the interview ask what type of communication is used to relay information to parents.
When looking for a high quality center always ask, “Is this a good fit for my teaching style and personality.” This is your job and you want to make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings. A comfortable environment will allow you to flourish in your teaching skills and maintain an organized classroom.
Wanting to get a job in the early childcare field, but unsure how to do this without experience? Here are a few tips.
Step one: Figure out what position you are looking for. For anyone starting out positions to look for are floater, substitute, or teacher assistance. These entry level positions are great for people who have not worked in the field before. You get a chance to teach with different age groups and learn how centers are run.
Step two: Prepare a resume. Preparing a resume without relevant experience that directors will not pass up can be difficult, but not impossible. When creating a cover letter explain how your past experience is adaptable to the childcare field. If you have any extracurricular activities or volunteer work where you learned relevant skills be sure to add them.
Step three: Post your resume on EcEdjobs.com. When you have your resume ready, put it on EcEdjobs.com for directors in the Austin area to view it. If you need help tailoring your resume to the Early Childhood field we can help! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step four: Get your food handlers card and CPR certification. Being proactive and showing initiative by getting these before the interview lets directors know that you are serious about wanting to be in the Early Childhood field.
Step five: Prepare for the interview. Begin by doing research on the center. General knowledge of their philosophy, curriculum and age groups that they teach can only be a plus. Be sure to have a few questions of your own. This can help you find out more information about the center and be sure that it is a good fit for you.
If you have any questions about being in the childcare field or would like to know specific questions to expect in the interview, email us for help.
Always remember, a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn goes a long way!
The hiring process in the early childcare field is often time consuming and tedious for directors. We wanted to eliminate having to search through multiple resumes on multiple job sites and find a better way to find the right teacher for your center.
Here are the 3 top reasons why the job you posted for a teacher, assistant teacher, floater, or any other role in your center does not get traction on the large job board.
It’s hard to make your job stand out
Exclamation points, using all caps, bold headlines; All the tricks directors use to ensure candidates stop scrolling and click on your job. There is also the issue of what the position in the headline should be. Pre-K or Pre-Kindergarten, Toddler teacher or 12-18 month old teacher. When candidates are doing a search for jobs we have to guess what wording they will use for our jobs to come up.
Your job post gets buried
Candidates have to search through unrelated jobs, from piano teacher to camp counselor to find jobs in the early childhood field. Because there is such a variety of jobs in the education tab your job gets buried. You post first thing in the morning and by the afternoon you have to go to page 5 to see it.
You post a job and within an hour a sales representative is contacting you wanting to help, but also see if you want to spend more money on boosting your post or downloading resumes. Most directors don’t have the time or money for this.
Bottom line, on Ecedjobs.com you don’t have to work to stand out and we will only contact you if we have a question about your job post.