Child Care Center Assistant (Lab School - 19.5 hours per week)

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Orange Coast College


Child Care Center Assistant (Lab School - 19.5 hours per week)

Job# O-006-20

Salary: 10/11/19

Deadline: $15,820.84 - $21,329.10 Annually


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Assists in providing care to infant-to-preschool aged children and assistance at a day care facility that also serves as an instructional lab.  Provides age appropriate child-centered development and functioning exercises, for preschool aged child care. While care is custodial in nature, incumbents are required to facilitate developmental exercises, parenting instruction, and may perform limited medical procedures.


Distinguishing Career Features 

The Child Care Assistant is responsible for accommodating the needs of children aged 0-4 in activities from training in proper eating, playing habits, socialization, to developing motor skills.  Advancement beyond this position is possible with additional coursework in early childhood education that satisfies requirements for the position and complies with the state's permit matrix.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs.  Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties: 

• Assists site leadership and teachers by caring for and providing positive play and developmental experiences for preschool aged children.  • Assists with supervision and training of student parents and in the activities connected with an infant care center.  

• Assists with organizing specific activities such as, but not limited to reading stories, basic arts and crafts, individual and group play and games.  Assists in maintaining order by observing and focusing the activities and behaviors of the children in group activities. 

• Assists teachers by instructing students in the care of children, in areas such as nutrition, hygiene, parenting skills, and age specific child development.  

• Instructs student parents in hygiene matters such as but not limited to cleaning and disinfecting cribs, furniture, and toys and other surfaces.  

• Gives each student and child individual and special attention each day.  Responds to each child's particular needs and characteristics.  

• Makes sure that children receive equal attention in play activities. 

• Oversees playground activities, accompanies classes on field trips, and may prepare and/or set out snacks and/or meals.  Sits with children on trips and eating, reinforcing proper behavior and hygiene. 

• Provides personal hygiene assistance to children.  Assists children for short periods of time to accommodate health or mobility needs, including exchange of medical devices or paraphernalia.   

• Reports any signs of illness or distress observed in the children and assists in dealing with the situation.  

• Performs light housekeeping to maintain rooms in a sanitary, safe, and orderly manner. 

• Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.


Qualifications and Physical Demands



Knowledge and Skills:

The position requires a basic knowledge of child guidance principles and practices and an understanding of the goals and objectives of a preschool-aged child care program in a school district environment.  Requires working knowledge of learning exercises and approaches that are appropriate for student parents.  Requires working knowledge of the needs and behavior of preschool-aged children.  Requires working knowledge of proper sanitization and sterilization methods, as well as cleaning materials and disinfectants.  Requires sufficient human relations skills to interact with student parents, children, and staff. 


Ability to perform the essential responsibilities and work tasks of the position.  Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret a teacher's instructions in order to assist in instruction-oriented recreation activities of infant children and learning exercises for student parents.  Ability to understand the needs and differences of children and to reach and engage them in play.  Requires the ability to balance emotional support and discipline to deal with behavior problems in student parents.  Requires sensitivity to the dynamics of teen parenting.


Education and Experience:

The position requires the equivalent of a high school diploma plus experience working with students in a classroom or equivalent environment and successful completion of minimum childcare licensing standards.  Incumbents assigned to infant and pre-school environments may be required to have 2 credit hours Basics of Child Care.  Or, any combination of education and experience which would provide the required equivalent qualifications for this position.


Licenses and Certificates:

May require a first-aid certificate.  May require a valid driver license.

Must present current tuberculosis (TB) clearance and immunity against influenza, pertussis, (DTAP) and measles (MMR).






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Posted: 9/20/2019
Application Due: 10/11/2019
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Salary: Orange Coast College