Nature Preschool Teacher

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5:00pm


Philadelphia, PA
United States

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Job Description:

Duties and Responsibilities Teaching (90%):
● Supervise children at all times. Awareness of the entire group of 3-5-year-olds while maintaining proper ratios.
● Conduct morning activities as children transition into their day.
● Provide mentorship and guidance to children, supporting their social-emotional, physical, and intellectual
development, healthy risk assessment, and community building
● Interact with children outdoors for extended periods of time
● Respect and observe children’s interests. Intervene when needed to maintain safety. Enhance children’s
play with language, materials, and activities
● Interact with children frequently, affectionately, and respectfully
● Attentive and responsive to children’s needs, questions, and requests
● Acknowledge feelings with sensitivity, and model appropriate social behavior
● Communicate with families on a daily basis to inform them of their child’s development, achievements,
and any concerns
● Organize indoor and outdoor spaces daily to keep the environment safe, clean, and accessible for
children to use independently
● Teaching and developing of an emergent curriculum with other members of the teaching team
● Complete the required training, professional development, and paperwork in a timely manner
● Collaborate with other projects in the education department as requested
● Support the Schuylkill Center’s mission, philosophies, values, goals, and policies to families, co-workers,
and community
Writing (10%)
● Assist in the writing of documentation to assess and record children’s learning and development throughout the year.
● Use PA Early Learning standards to connect learning in a visual, concrete, and meaningful way
Expected Competencies
● Desire and ability to engage youth in learning experiences using developmentally appropriate pedagogy and group management techniques, especially in early childhood
● Understanding of early childhood development, the different stages of growth, and an awareness of young children’s needs
● Interest in the natural sciences, local flora and fauna, and outdoor-based education
● Experience and knowledge of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and emergent curriculum
● Excellent customer service skills, with the ability to build relationships with constituents and partners
based on integrity and trust


This is an entry-level part-time position. $12-15 per hour; commensurate with experience

Start Date



● Desire and ability to employ redirection and positive behavior modification strategies when confronted
with challenging behaviors
● Strong work ethic and personal integrity displaying initiative and ownership
● Adapt and be flexible with quickly changing environments
● Team-oriented with strong interpersonal skills; work collaboratively with fellow staff and ability to
communication in a timely and respectful manner
● Ability to make decisions wisely based upon available and sometimes limited data

Education, Experience, and Qualifications
● An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred in one of the following: early childhood, social work, or related degrees. A minimum of 2 years of comparable experience. (Applicants enrolled and attending college/university will be considered if they have sufficient amount of credits in education)
● Must pass background checks and complete all requirements mandated by the state

How to Apply:

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume along with contact information for three references to Marilyn Tinari, Interim Director of Early Childhood Education,

The Schuylkill Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. ​We value a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse work community and we strongly encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. ​E.O.E