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Food Program Assistant

The Childcare Food Program Assistant is responsible for all preparation, set up and serving of food to the childcare center following all CACFP menus and regulations.  Responsible for keeping accurate records of all meals served and documenting children’s attendance at each meal.

Monday through Friday, with the hours ranging between 7:30am to 5:00pm
No weekends or major holidays!

specific duties and responsibilities:

  1. Preparation of food.
  2. Sets up and serves food.
  3. Prepares for each successive meal.
  4. Ensures proper inventory and storage supplies.
  5. Ensures cleanup of dining areas and kitchen.
  6. Keeps accurate food records and documentation

Follows all CACFP rules and regulations for documenting meals served.

  1. Assists in the monitoring and maintenance of equipment and kitchen.
  2. Collaborates with dietary department on needs

Communicates weekly with dietary staff about supplies and materials needed.

  1. Substituting in the classroom is expected if a teacher is absent or when necessary for meeting DHS ratio requirements.

Assists lead teacher and teacher assistant to implement lesson plans to nurture and stimulate appropriate development of the children in your care.

EDUCATION, Experience and TRAINING

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • One or more years of cooking or dining services experience preferred.
  • One year minimum experience in an early childhood setting is preferred, or a strong desire to work with young children may be considered.
  • Free from a conviction or prior employment history of child or resident abuse or dependent adult abuse.
  • Must complete CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions, Mandatory Reporting and Essentials Child Care Preservice Series in the first three months of employment and 10 contact hours of child related training annually.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive agency vehicles, as assigned.

If you are interested in working in a positively fun, team oriented, and fast paced environment, apply today!

Paid trainings and meals are provided!


Preschool Teacher

The Preschool Teacher is part of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program. The teacher is responsible for following guidelines and standards set by The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold. This position collaborates with the Dubuque Community School District to ensure quality preschool standards are met. Come join our team!

About the Job

The Licensed Preschool Teacher creates lesson plans and implements activities using Teaching Strategies Gold for the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program. This position collaborates with the Dubuque Community School District to provide high quality preschool to children ages 4 and 5 within the Hills & Dales Childcare Center. The teacher will help guide and instruct children to become independent, lifelong learners. This position is supported by a paraprofessional.

When You Join the Team as a Preschool Teacher You Will:

  • Implement Hills & Dales’ curriculum in a way that is consistent with the unique needs of each child
  • Create a safe, nurturing environment where children can play and learn.
  • Assist the children to become problem solvers, by guiding them through structured and unstructured play activity to prepare them for kindergarten. You will strive to create social skill building and small group instruction.
  • Partner and communicate with parents, with a shared desire to provide the best care and education for their children.
  • Support your center’s success; partner with center staff and leadership to achieve goals around enrollment, quality, and engagement.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with families, teachers, state licensing authorities, and community contacts.

 Required Skills and Experience:

  • A strong desire to work with children, and make a difference every day!
  • Ability to build relationships with families and coworkers to create a dynamic work environment
  • Active CPR/First Aid Certification, Universal Precautions, Mandatory Reporter certifications. Training is provided by employer if not currently certified.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
  • Current Iowa Teaching License for early childhood from the BOEE, or an Elementary Education Teaching License will be accepted with the understanding of completing early childhood classes to obtain early childhood education license.

Para Educator

The Para Educator is responsible for assisting the teacher in the education of children including management of student behavior, record keeping, instructional assistance, classroom safety, security and organization, and interaction and communication with students, support staff, parents/guardians, and agencies. Responsible for ensuring quality childcare by adhering to all state regulations, best practices, and Hills & Dales policies and procedures.

Duties & Responsibilities Include:

  1. Maintain daily communication with parents &/or guardians.
    2. Maintains strict confidentiality of records and information of staff and families.
  2. Encourages and facilitates children’s active participation in activities.
  3. Actively participates in activities with children.
  4. Ensure children follow the basic rules of the program.
  5. Instruct children in health and personal habits such as eating, resting and toilet habits.
  6. Actively participates in meal time expectations.  Assisting children in serving themselves meals and snacks.  Following all State CACFP regulations.
  7. Assist in diapering and dressing children.
  8. Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, daily attendance and medications administered.
  9. Assists the Lead Teacher to plan and implement lesson plans to nurture and stimulate appropriate development of the children in your care.
  10. Responsible for securing health, hygiene, safety and overall well-being of children at all times.
  11. Use positive guidance techniques rather than harsh discipline to support children through challenging behaviors.
  12. Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive concepts.
  13. Assists the Lead Teacher with both long and short range activities in accordance with curriculum objectives, developmentally appropriate practice and program philosophy.
  14. Follow strict cleaning and sanitizing procedures for toys, changing tables, meal preparation, etc.
  15. Assists in the implementation of programs, which encourages parent involvement and development.
  16. Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to supervisor or parents/guardians attention.
  17. Participates in professional development training that lead toward enhancing professional qualifications, at least 10 contact hours annually.
  18. Establishes and maintains a level of rapport with students that results in students being shown that all individuals are deserving of respectful and dignified treatment and promoting a healthy self-concept in all students.
  19. Protects the health and safety of children on the playground and in the building at all times, maintaining appropriate ratio at all times throughout the day.

Requirements

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED.
  2. An Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood is preferred, or one year minimum experience in an early childhood setting may be considered.
  3. Para-educator Certification through the BOEE in early childhood education.  If do not currently have this, must be willing to get certified within one year of hire.
  4. Free from a conviction or prior employment history of child or resident abuse or dependent adult abuse.
  5. Must complete CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting in the first three months of employment and 10 contact hours of child related training annually.
  6. Valid driver’s license and ability to drive agency vehicles, as assigned.

Childcare Assistant

Schedule:

Monday – Friday, Morning-Afternoon to Close

The Childcare Assistant is responsible for assisting the teacher in the education of children including management of student behavior; record keeping; instructional assistance; classroom safety, security and organization; and interaction and communication with students, support staff, parents/guardians, and agencies.

Position requires:

  • Free from a conviction or prior employment history of child, resident or dependent adult abuse.
  • Must complete CPR, First Aid in the first three months of employment and 10 contact hours of child related training annually.
  • Creative curriculum.

 

Apply Now

All positions at Hills & Dales require the ability to pass an extensive background check including checks of the Dependent Adult and Child abuse registries, Sex Offender registry and a criminal history check.

Benefits include paid vacation for Lead teachers; up to 3 paid holidays for Childcare Assistants who work an average of 30 hours per week.  

Hills & Dales is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Fill out an online application or send resume and cover letter to humanresources@hillsdales.org.