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Childcare Assistants - Afternoons


The Support Staff Person assists the classroom teacher to provide instruction, supervision, and provision of appropriate learning activities for all enrolled children at a SEA.  Under the direction of the classroom teacher, delivers comprehensive educational services to all children, helping them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally.


  • Assists the teacher in the classroom
  • Assists with snack and lunch procedures according to the predetermined class schedule and as needed.
  • Under the direction of the teacher, provides learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children.
  • Provides special help and support to individual children as needed or assigned.
  • Demonstrates a genuine interest in children and treats each child with respect.
  • Uses positive guidance techniques while interacting with children.
  • Helps maintain child-adult ratios in the classroom while teacher and assistant teacher stagger their lunch breaks and make preparations for afternoon class.
  • Supervises lunch
  • Assists children in washing hands and/or preparing for lunch, as requested by teacher.
  • May assist in the following classroom duties as requested by the teacher:
  • Sanitizes tables and cleans chairs.
  • Sweeps floors, especially under tables and chairs.
  • Cleans general areas of the classroom and playground as assigned.
  • Helps supervise children in other interest areas of the classroom as directed by the teacher.
  • Assists teachers in encouraging parent participation:
  • Assists in welcoming and training volunteers in the classroom.
  • Promotes positive communication with parents.
  • Expected to assist in maintaining safe and healthy environments for children and staff by immediately reporting health and safety risks/concerns or potential concerns to a leadership staff member.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • All SEA staff share responsibility for the well-being of the school. Aspects of this responsibility are:
  • Maintaining and striving for an openness to understand and work with the goals and objectives of SEA and child development.
  • Attendance and participation in scheduled staff meetings, as well as work days throughout the academic year as scheduled. 
  • Make themselves available, as appropriate to support SEA.
  • Attendance/assistance at major all-school activities and open houses.


  • High school diploma or GED required and one year experience in general office practices
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload.
  • A deep love for children, respect for parents, enjoyment of working in collaboration with faculty and staff colleagues, joy and enthusiasm in their work, and a commitment to self-development in order to become a model worthy of imitation by the children. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


  • Infant/child CPR & First Aid
  • Annual completion of YMCA Blood Borne Pathogens training
  • Annual completion of YMCA Child Sexual Abuse Prevention class
  • Successfully complete DCF background screening requirements as well as meet the association policies on background screening.
  • Additional training classes as recommended by supervisor.


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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, kneel or stand extended periods of time. The employee frequently is required to reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. 
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Mission Advancement: VALUES-Consistently demonstrates Y’s values.  Shows a genuine concern for the needs, feelings, and well-being of others, even under stress.  Acts with integrity and credibility in all situations

Collaboration: COMMUNICATION- Listens actively by asking open-ended questions. Verifies understanding of others’ perspectives by reflecting and summarizing what is heard. Uses appropriate communication methods or styles to ensure the message is understood, especially by diverse audiences. Utilizes and interprets body language to effectively communicate intended message. Writes in a clear, concise, and logical fashion to ensure understanding.

Operational Effectiveness: QUALITY RESULTS- Partners with supervisors to set and clearly articulate goals. Focuses effort on high-value priorities.  Delivers a high-value experience to members and participants.  Monitors own performance against standards and takes quick and appropriate actions to stay on course.   Demonstrates pride in work by striving to meet or exceed supervisor or member expectations.

Personal Growth: EMOTIONAL MATURITY- Demonstrates the ability to accurately assess personal feelings, strengths, and limitations and how they impact relationships with others.  Recognizes the needs of others and responds appropriately to what they are feeling, based on their choice of words, tone of voice, expressions, and other non-verbal behavior. Accepts accountability for own behavior. Takes responsibility for own mistakes, and learns from them. Solicits and is open to performance feedback and coaching. Remains calm and objective when under pressure or when challenged by others. Is empathetic toward others. Inspires, motivates and touches the spirit of others by words, actions, and responses.


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