Bus Aide (Head Start)
- - Head Start/Early Head Start
- Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
- Full Time
The Bus Aide, under the direction of the Education and Disabilities Supervisor, is responsible for assisting the Bus Driver in all aspects of providing children safe and secure transportation to and from school and on field trips, in accordance with Federal, State, and Tribal regulations. The position assists the Instructors with day-to-day classroom operations including performing a variety of support and supervision services to assist in the instruction and development of young children.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
- Assists in all phases of classroom operations including but not limited to: setting up and preparing classroom activities, working with groups of children while Instructor(s) is at another task.
- Rides the bus on each route transporting children to and from the program.
- Ensures that each child is properly seat belted and assists children on and off the bus.
- Ensures that no child is left behind on the bus and that each child is released to an authorized adult.
- Assists the bus driver in the completion of the pre and post trip inspections.
- Implements quality early childhood education experiences that incorporate reading, writing, math, science, language, culture, computers (when available), and other curriculum related areas.
- Provides activities daily for large groups, small groups, and individualized teaching that promotes learning through a variety of methods.
- Conducts and records daily on-going observations and anecdotal notes used in the development of individualized teaching activities and maintaining Individual Child Portfolios.
- Monitors and carries out behavior plans and interventions as determined by classroom staff, on-site consultants, and child's parents.
- Assumes responsibility of the classroom operations in the absence of the Instructor(s).
- Maintains record keeping functions such as daily signing in and out of children and meal attendance.
- Works with special needs children in order to ensure that IEP/IFSP needs are being met.
ADITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
- Evacuates children during emergency and monthly drills.
- Cleans and sanitizes as assigned and needed.
- Promotes everyday hygiene opportunities for children (tooth brushing, toileting, hand washing, etc) each day by modeling.
- Changes diapers as needed.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings and trainings.
- Communicates daily with families in a positive manner through personal contact, notes, telephone, etc about their child's daily activities, social emotional well-being, and health needs in order to foster a positive home school connection.
- All other job related duties as assigned.
Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, customers, outside vendors/service providers and Tribal community.
Position heavy with lifting of 100 pounds maximum and frequent lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds. Physical factors include constant standing, walking, stooping, kneeling and crawling, use of hearing, smell, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, color and field of vision and bending; frequent sitting, carrying/lifting/handling children; and occasional pulling/pushing, climbing, reaching and typing. Working conditions include constant exposure to noise, frequent exposure to weather and vibration and occasional exposure to wet/humidity and air quality. Potential hazards include constant client contact, frequent exposure to moving mechanical parts and chemicals and occasional exposure to insecticides/pesticides/infectious exposure, needles/syringes, computer and equipment use. Must be in good physical health as determined by physician. Must obtain an annual TB Testing.
Education: High School Diploma or G.E.D. required.
Experience: One year experience working with children preferred.
Certification/License: Must obtain Child Development Associate Certification (CDA) within 2 years of hire. Must be able to obtain First Aid and CPR Certification within 1 year of hire. Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must be able to learn State, Tribal and Federal laws pertaining to transportation. Must be able to learn, practice and implement required elements of transporting preschool children and, pedestrian safety. Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisory personnel. Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings. Must have working knowledge and be able to use word processing and spreadsheet and data base software. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate clearly in person, in writing, and by telephone and email. Must have a high degree of patience and tolerance. Knowledge and understanding of the educational, social, nutrition, health, and overall basic needs of children 0-5 years old preferred. Understanding of Ojibwa Culture and Language preferred. Knowledge of State, Tribal and Federal laws pertaining to the transportation preferred. Must have the ability to be flexible and adaptable to meet the children's needs on a daily basis. Must have excellent public relation/customer service skills and be able to exhibit friendly and positive attitude and establish and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supervisors and guests. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred.
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