Writing a good job description will help you gather your thoughts about what qualities and experience you want to find in an assistant teacher.
Here is an example of a job description. Use this as inspiration or edit it to make your own.
Title: Seeking Early Childhood Educator with Toddler Experience
A Waldorf-inspired preschool is looking for one qualified early childhood co-teacher to begin work on _____. Given the right applicant, we will consider another start date if needed. ECE credentials are preferred, but not required. We are interested in your experience in early childhood education, particularly holistic pedagogy and toddler experience, as well as any prior teacher training. Our teacher-student ratio is 1:4. We currently have 12 students.
The mission of our school is to provide a loving and educational environment, implementing an ancient approach based on the pedagogy of listening. Our community and families are committed to collaborating and sharing in our school's mission. In essence, we are founded and constantly being fed by these three principles: To nurture with compassion, to encourage wonder, and to hold space for each child's unique and individual exquisiteness.
OUR CALENDAR AND HOURS:
Our program is year-round with paid holidays and a two week Summer break. School hours are 8:30-3:30. Our Teacher shifts are 8:15 - 3:15 or 1:30 - 5:30 with potential to change.
- Acts as primary caregiver to group of four children of mixed ages (at times, specifically toddlers), acts as main point of contact for the families of these toddlers.
- Setting up, facilitating, and clean up for playtime and projects
- Provides caregiving including diapering and napping
- Participates in classroom housekeeping and play yard maintenance as part of the curriculum
- Works in partnership with co-teacher and parents to provide best care for each child
- Records observations and communicates developmental information to parents and other teachers
- Maintains clean and safe classroom environment (including cleaning, sterilizing toys, dishes, changing areas, kitchen areas, outdoors, etc)
- Comfortably provides care and teaching in the spirit of a Waldorf-based program
- Enthusiastic about team teaching
- Communicates well with teachers and parents
- Is flexible and takes initiative
- Loving, warm, energetic, responsible, and punctual
- Loves working with young children, particularly toddlers (18 months - 24 months)
- Knowledgeable about child development and early childhood education
- Committed to lifelong learning and continuing professional development
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S. (we cannot sponsor a visa)
- Ideal candidate loves working with infants and toddlers and is open to following them through their preschool years
- At least 3 years work or volunteer (or other) experience with children ages 18 months to 3 years
- Negative TB Test and Fingerprint Clearance
- $16 - $17 / hour (based on experience)
- A performance mid-year for a considerable pay raise
- We offer paid vacations, sick days, and potential for health insurance