THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF SCHENECTADY

CHILD CARE PROVIDER

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: Child Care Provider

POSITION TYPE: Part-time, hourly, 12 months/year

EXEMPTION STATUS:  Non-exempt

POSITION PURPOSE: Provide a safe, welcoming, developmentally appropriate care for infants and toddlers (up to age 4) during Sunday morning services, and supervision/care for children of various ages during other church activities including but not limited to meetings, classes, and special all-church events during day, evening, or weekend hours. Ensure a safe environment for children and allow parents to participate fully in church life.

REPORTS TO: Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE)

HOURS, COMPENSATION, BENEFITS:

  • This position requires two hours a week on Sunday morning (10am-12pm) all year round, plus longer hours on some Sundays and other times as arranged with supervisor, sometimes in consultation with Staff, Committees or Teams who require child care to support a church event.
  • This position is non-exempt.
  • Pay and benefits are determined on a yearly basis according to church personnel policies.
  • In support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this job description lists only those responsibilities and qualifications deemed essential to the position.

DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES: The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. However, these statements are not exhaustive and cannot anticipate all possible duties and requirements which may arise.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Infant/Toddler Care and Various Age Child Care

  • Provide care for infants and toddlers in the church nursery during Sunday morning services
  • Take attendance and ensure that parents sign children in and out of the nursery and complete visitor forms or (after three visits) Religious Education registration forms. Consult with parents regarding the child’s health history, allergies, and any other concerns regarding the child’s well-being while in the care of the nursery.
  • With regard to safety and discipline, caregivers will:
    • Use positive language to direct or redirect children.
    • Refrain from physical discipline or punishment.
    • Maintain a space that is physically and emotionally safe for all children and caregivers.
    • Ensure that children in diapers or in process of potty-training remain clean and dry through the use of frequent diaper checks and potty breaks.
    • Communicate concerns, if any, to parents upon pick-up.
    • Report concerns, problems, accidents, or suggestions to the DLRE immediately.
    • Pick-up toys and clean nursery space prior to departing; report any concerns to the DLRE
    • Conduct classroom inventory checks and inform DLRE when supplies/equipment are needed or are in disrepair.
  • Provide supervision and care for children of various ages during church activities by arrangement
  • Ensure that parents sign children in and out of the provided child care
  • Ensure children have appropriate and safe toys and activities
    • Facilitate and participate in age-appropriate activities with the children, such as games, roleplaying, reading and storytelling, songs and finger plays, or simple crafts.
    • Assist children in attaining age-appropriate skills, such as self-care, care of belongings, manners, cooperation, and engaging in community.
  • Collaborate with church staff and volunteers in designing and implementing child care and activities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

  • High school diploma; some college preferred (child development, education, or a related field)
  • CPR and First Aid certification is recommended

Experience:

  • Experience caring for and leading activities with infants, toddlers, and children
  • Familiarity and comfort with Unitarian Universalism is recommended.

Skills:

  • Physical strength and agility to provide care for children
  • Understanding of child development and age appropriate activities
  • Knowledge of basics of child safety and welfare
  • Well organized and reliable
  • Ability to work effectively with other staff and volunteers
  • Tactful and mature with a good sense of humor
  • General understanding of and openness to Unitarian Universalist principles and philosophies

Other Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • This is a responsible position, requiring the ability and willingness to maintain a regular work schedule and notify your supervisor in a timely manner if unable to work as scheduled.
  • This position requires work on Sunday and occasional work at other times by arrangement.
  • The successful candidate will complete required background check which, if complete in conduction with this employment, will be covered financially by the church.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do the following; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Utilize hand and finger dexterity.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.  Employee must be able to see.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds independently; ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds with assistance

Supervisory Relationships:

  • The Child Care Provider is supervised by the Director of Lifespan Religious Education.
  • The Child Care Provider works closely with volunteers providing child care.