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Children's Center Teacher

Job Details

Fessenden Children's Center - West Newton, MA
Non-exempt / Hourly



About Us

The Fessenden Children’s Center provides childcare for children 12 weeks to 5 years-old. We are located in West Newton, MA on the campus of the Fessenden School. We are committed to foster social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and developmental growth through thoughtful, integrated curriculum within a safe and nurturing environment. Through interpersonal relationships between teachers, children, and their families, we ensure that each child’s individual needs are met.


Position Summary

The Fessenden Children’s Center is seeking a Teacher for our team on a full-time basis, 40 hours a week from 8:00-4:30 pm for the full year. The person in this role must be able to demonstrate competency in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes child growth and development in the following areas: language self-help and interpersonal problem-solving, cognitive, creative expression, and social/emotional skills. A Teacher must be able to work cooperatively with others in both a team teaching setting and within the Center as a whole, be responsible, innovative, creative, and maintain a professional work environment.


Planning and Program Responsibilities

  •  Plan group and individual activities with other team members.

  •  Share in leadership and planning for classroom activities.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Assist in the integration of new children. 

  • Participate, in turn, in procuring equipment, resources, craft materials, snack items, and books.

  • Supervise children in their assigned classroom and bathroom/diapering areas.

  • Work with co-teachers to ensure the smooth running of the classroom schedule.

  • Take responsibility for the classroom cleanup including toys and flat surfaces.

  • Prepare materials in advance of the expected time of use.

  • Attend all meetings scheduled by the Director including, but not limited to, individual group and Center-wide meetings and on-site professional development sessions.

  • Attend family involvement events.

  • Attend 20 hours of professional development training per year.

  • Spend one hour per week with the other teaching team members, planning and scheduling weekly activities and preparing a monthly curriculum plan to be submitted to the Director by the last Monday of each month. 

  • Plan outdoor activities and supervise outdoor play.

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all the children in care by being aware of the following: 

    • Emergency evacuation and fire drill procedures.

    • first-aid responsibilities.

    • Location of emergency and permission forms.

  • Report on all medical needs, health problems, changes in schedule, phone number changes, etc. to the Director.

  • Shall follow all teaching and supervision procedures as outlined by the Director.

  • Write and maintain developmental reports for each child. Reports are to be done every three months for infants and every six months for toddlers and up.

  • Establish, together with other team members, educational goals for each child; plan and carry out curricular activities designed to meet such goals.

  • Be supportive of and communicate openly with parents, fellow colleagues, and the Director.

  • Be prepared and willing to help colleagues in other groups if there is a need.

  • Greet parents and tell them about their child's day.  Inform them about any illnesses or concerns related to their child.

  • Communicate to parents up-coming events, supplies needed for the Center such as diapers, wipes, party items, change of clothes, etc.

  • To develop warm, friendly, and trusting relationships with parents and extended family members, encouraging them to feel welcome and comfortable within the Center.


Staff Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director with training exercises when needed.



  • Must be 21 years of age.

  • Successfully completed 3 credits in Child Growth and Development.

  • Have at least 9 months of work experience working with different age groups.

  • Proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English.


Physical Responsibilities

  • Lift up to 40 lbs.

  • Sit for long periods on the floor.

  • Stand for long periods.

  • Push and maneuver a stroller with four children.

  • Comfortable with cleaning and disposing of bodily waste and fluids.