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Children's Center Lead Teacher

Job Details

Fessenden Childrens Center - West Newton, MA
Full Time
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 Lead Teacher for our team on a full-time basis, 40 hours a week 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 Lead 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.

  • Plan end of year activity for the families that attend the Center along with other colleagues. 

  • 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 as a mentor to teachers, assistant teachers, volunteers, substitutes, 

  • Take responsibility for clean-up as required.

  • Prepare materials in advance of 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 all 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.

  • Assume Director's responsibilities when not on-site.



  • Minimum of an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education; a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education is preferred.

  • Must be EEC Lead Teacher certified.


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.