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Care Giver

Company: Bright Horizons
Location: Reading
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

Primary Purpose
Provides care to children (ages infant - 17) in a safe and nurturing environment that encourages their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Implement developmentally appropriate caregiving methods and/or curriculum according to the guidelines established by Bright Horizons, NAEYC, and Licensing. In-Home Caregivers must be comfortable with caring for children of all ages which includes but is not limited to facilitating and engaging in age-appropriate activities and games; overseeing play; food preparation; behavior management and responsibility for the overall wellbeing of the children in their care. In-Home Caregivers are responsible to provide care in a home of a Bright Horizons client. In-Home Caregivers schedules can vary as based on client need and on-call basis. In-Home Caregiver may also be asked to substitute in a center within their agreed upon coverage area.
Major Functions/Responsibilities Communicate and interact frequently, affectionately and respectfully with the children in your care and their families. Encourage and model appropriate behavior and expectations. Be attentive, flexible and supportive of children and their families. Practice positive discipline techniques; demonstrate good judgment, time management, trustworthiness, and responsibility. Supervise children, following all safety and health rules. Keep environment safe, organized and accessible to children. Participate in tasks to ensure a clean, safe environment for children. Ensure children's safety at all times. Acknowledge and respond to all parents/guardians in a friendly, courteous and professional demeanor. Invite input on children's development and care. Follow instructions provided by the families to ensure child's needs are met. Share resources with parents/guardians. Provide appropriate feedback; develop and maintain effective relationships with the children in your care and their families. Maintain confidentiality. Ensure continuity of care and participate in all required meetings/trainings as assigned by your supervisor. Demonstrate knowledge of and flexibility in child care practices and techniques. Establish and maintain a relationship of cooperation and respect with your supervisor, coworkers, families and children in your care. Communicate directly and resolve conflicts that may arise quickly and professionally. Implement developmentally appropriate activities for the children in your care. Demonstrate respect for diversity, independence and creativity. Provide choice and maintain flexibility. Complete professional documentation of children's daily activities and accomplishments for parents/guardians. Participate in trainings and teaching staff team meetings, if applicable. Travel is an essential part of the job in the agreed upon coverage area; access to reliable transportation to get to assigned work location(s) is required. Such transportation may include a vehicle and a valid driver's license and/or access to public transportation. Responsible for prompt communication by either phone, text or e-mail before and during your assigned work availability. Ownership of a cell phone in good working order is required. Must maintain satisfactory attendance and promptly communicate any changes with your direct supervisor. Attendance is an important component of the in-home program and 90 day advance schedule availability is required.
Physical Demands: Demonstrate full range of motion. Be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Must be able to stand and sit on the floor with children for extensive periods of time. Supervise and interact with children outdoors. Respond immediately and appropriately to unexpected situations or emergencies. Maintain mental and physical alertness and an appropriate level of energy to perform essential job requirements. Demonstrate the qualities of patience, tolerance, commitment, perseverance, flexibility and optimism.
Decision Making Authority Must take action, and must inform supervisor when caring for a child with a significant injury, acknowledging and listening to a parent/guardian concern, filing a neglect and abuse complaint or recording an unusual incident Must follow state and federal law as well as Bright Horizons' policies and guidelines.
Education/Experience/Skills Must have a high school degree or equivalent. Must meet minimum age requirements of 18 years. AA or above in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred. Must meet federal, state, city and provincial requirements (candidates must pass a detailed company background check in order to be eligible). Experience working with young children. Flexibility to work in various age groups. Ownership of a cell phone in good working order. Reliable transportation required and employee is responsible for commute and expenses. Hours offered to work will vary (dependent on the needs of the In-Home care requests and centers) but may occur in the evening and on weekends.
Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed, not an exhaustive list of all essential functions and responsibilities. PandoLogic.Category: Personal Care, Keywords: Caregiver

Keywords: Bright Horizons, Somerville , Care Giver, Other , Reading, Massachusetts

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