Head Teacher

JOB ID 106


Report To

Educational Director



Job Summary

The role of the Head Teacher is to provide opportunities for the development of self-esteem, social competence, physical skills, creative and intellectual growth through the development of age appropriate curriculum.


Ability to develop and execute a program of sound educational goals that are appropriate to the age and the development level of children.


All interactions between the Head Teacher and the children should be characterized by warmth personal respect, individuality, positive support, and responsiveness.


The Head Teacher is responsible for the overall health and safety of all the children and for the supervision of the Assistant Teacher and Teacher Aide.




        Overview of Job Responsibilities

  • Report directly to the Education Director;

  • Plan long and short range activities in accordance with curriculum objectives, developmentally appropriate practice and RCN philosophy;

  • Meet emotional, social, physical and cognitive needs of each child;

  • Encourage assistants to contribute to curriculum planning;

  • Coordinated field trips;

  • Prepare daily,  weekly, and monthly lesson plans;

  • Complete on going assessments of children’s development;

  • Report progress of children to parents through parent teacher conferences;

  • Maintain daily open communication with parents;

  • Keep accident/ incident reports;

  • Maintain confidentiality;

  • Report any suspected abuse or neglect to Education Director

  • Arrange a classroom environment in accordance to RCN goals and philosophy;

  • Responsible for overall cleanliness of the classroom;

  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment;

  • Inspect and replace damaged or lost materials;

  • Attend staff meetings and training workshops;

  • Supervise assistants, aides and volunteers in the classroom;

  • Keep all appropriate records such as attendance books, observations, assessments and anecdotal records;

  • Meet all applicable licensing regulations including New York State Certification;





Required Skills

  • Ability to communicate , inspire trust and confidence

  • Must be organized, dependable patient , flexible and creative

  • Must be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teaching staff, support staff, parents and other members of the community

  • Must be able to recognize and respond to individual differences

  • Must be a team player and have a “can do” attitude

  • Should have an understanding of child development stages of preschool children

  • Must have prior teaching experience with preschool children in an educational environment

  • Ability to develop and execute a program of sound educational goals that are appropriated to the age and developmental level of children.

  • Knowledge of the developmental stages for children ages 2 to 5.

  • Ability to act as a role model.






  • Master’s Degree /Bachelor’s degree form an accredited college or university preferably in Early Childhood Education or Child Development or CDA Credentials and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years teaching children in an educational environment or equivalent

  • New York State Certification (Birth – 2nd grade)

  • Knowledge and skills in areas of child growth and development, parent education, interpersonal skills and written and oral communication

  • Health and physical ability to stoop, lift, visually and audibly observe and interact with toddlers

  • Ability to manage job stresses – including performance and paper work expectations and unexpected situations

  • Must show evidence of ongoing professional commitment and development

  • Must provide Doctor’s note testifying to candidate’s good health, free from any communicable disease and physically, mentally and emotionally able to carry out the assigned duties in the daycare working environment.



Conditions of Employment

  • Completion of all required paperwork prior to reporting to work

  • Provide annual medical and required mandatory training

  • Satisfactory reference and background investigation checks

  • Attendance at all mandatory staff development and training

  • Successful completion of 90 day probationary period





Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed, to be exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job.

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