Job Code: M01

Toddler Teacher

Category: Childcare
Location: Malta Branch

Job Type: Full-Time


Plans and implements daily program activities and curriculum for assigned classroom. Maintains program quality in accordance with Creative Curriculum philosophy, Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) guidelines and YMCA program policies. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and promotes safety in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.


  • Plans and implements quality curriculum for classroom and ensure child-centered age appropriate lessons are offered, in accordance with Creative Curriculum and YMCA philosophies. Submits weekly lesson plans to the Director before the first day of your scheduled work week begins.
  • Supervises classroom staff to ensure they are upholding all YMCA and/or OCFS guidelines for proper verbal interaction, proper learn and play techniques, as well as age appropriate redirection as a form of discipline. Ensures active participation in planning and implementing activities; and delegate responsibilities as needed.
  • Develops behavioral management plans, as necessary. Ensures classroom staff maintain sensitivity and patience with the children and parents and provide care to meet the individual needs of the child/families. Ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times, and staff are using appropriate verbal interactions with parents.
  • Maintains accurate and timely records of attendance, progress and behavioral reports, as well as complete registration packet and all other program reports by required date.
  • Informs families of weekly/monthly activities. Displays students’ work throughout classroom.
  • Supports and role models the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards while promoting child participation in activities and discussions about healthy living.
  • Enforces and leads all YMCA and/or OCFS policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. Completes incident and accident reports as necessary.
  • Enforces and leads all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies, procedures, completes related reports as required.
  • Builds effective, authentic relationships with members; helps them connect with each other and the Y. Identifies potential volunteers. Trains and supervises class volunteers as assigned.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of the YMCA and our three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
  • Ability to articulate and model the Y’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
  • Attends all staff meetings and in-service training.
  • Wear required and approved uniform items at all time.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum age of 18 years old.
  • Associate’s Degree or Child Development Associate (CDA) in Early Childhood Education or a related field.
  • 1+ years of childcare experience.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of OCFS regulations.
  • Current CPR PRO & First Aid certifications.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • This work is primarily performed indoors and may require any one or more of the following physical activities: Must have the ability to remain standing and moving for extended periods of time; bending, stooping, twisting, reaching, standing, walking, running, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, talking, hearing, and/or visual acuity.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • May handle human body fluids as part of the daily operational duties.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.