Knowledge Universe (KU) Teachers are confident in the classroom and knowledgeable about early childhood education. They find creative ways to help children learn and grow and bring warmth, patience, and understandingto the classroom every day. They inspire children to be lifelong learners using our nationally recognized curriculum that promotes social, physical, language, and cognitive development.
They are committedto making their center successful and know that meaningful relationships with children, families, and their team are important to success. They are fully engaged, passionate about their work, and take initiative to create the best KU experience possible.
Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions
These are the basic expectations for Teachers. Of course, creative and new ways to meet or exceed expectations are encouraged, so long as the required essential functions are also met.
Keep Children Safe
Supervision - Guide children to positive interactions, keep all children in sight, and use Child Supervision Records properly.
Health and Safety - Keep your classroom clean and tidy. Be aware of your surroundings and take responsibility to report or fix unsafe conditions if you find them.
Positive Child Guidance - Use only positive child guidance techniques to instruct children.
Licensing - Know and follow the licensing regulations related to child care in your location.
Create an Unrivaled Education Experience
Classroom - Create learning spaces that support and enhance curriculum activities.
Organization - Keep classroom supplies, daily records, child information, and more organized.
Teaching -Implement KU’s curriculum in a way that is consistent with the unique needs of each child. Use developmentally appropriate teaching methods. Adapt your teaching style as needed for each child.
Assessments - Complete student assessments using classroom observations. Actively participate in parent conferences with the Lead Teacher or Center Director.
Support Your Center’s Success
Community - Help build professional relationships with agencies and community organizations.
Commitment - Come to work on time and ready to give 100% every day.
Cooperation - Work encouragingly with your team to achieve the center’s goals.
Accreditation - Know which accreditation standards impact classroom activities. Consistently demonstrate all “Observable Criteria” needed to gain or maintain accreditation.
Center Tours - Welcome and engage prospective families who come for a tour. Speak to the features and benefits of our programs. Answer parent questions.
Mandatory Meetings - AttendProfessional Development Days, center staff meetings, and any meetings outside of your regular schedule that are required by your Center Director.
Embrace Ongoing Learning
Service Values - Integrate KU’s Service Values in your daily work habits and bring them to life through your actions.
Curriculum - Continue to deepen your knowledge of KU’s curriculum and implement it in the classroom.
Best Practices - Incorporate early childhood educational best practices learned through formal education, job training, and experience. Share your own knowledge with Assistant Teachers.
Technology - Learn to use the technology and systems needed for your job, and be willing to learn new programs, applications, systems, or devices as things change.
Be Responsive to Changing Needs
Work Hours - Work hours may vary to meet the needs of the children in our care and the center. You may need to work more or fewer hours than originally scheduled.
Initiative - Anticipate what the classroom, center, or your co-workers may need and follow through without prompting.
Classroom Assignment - Your classroom assignment may change from the one you started in.
Other Duties - Take on other duties as needed to contribute to the center’s success.