Description of Substitute responsibilities:
Substitutes come to the Center to support each program as an important set of hands when an educator is absent. We invite subs to come weekly in order to build relationships with one or two programs at the Center rather than float through all the age groups. When a sub builds a relationship with the children and the team, there is a sense of predictable and consistent support. Subs are asked to help with teacher-work activities, wash dishes, sit with playing children, and participate in the outside program. Because of the play-based and nature-based focus in our programs, subs will be outside and inside while they observe and attend to children’s play.
This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefit eligible position.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent required. Child development coursework or an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education is preferred. Acceptable Educational Equivalents: A combination of education with extensive experience is acceptable. Excellent oral and written communication skills and a genuine commitment to the field of early childhood education are expected.
Current CPR/First Aid certification required. A minimum of one-year experience working with young children preferred. Must sign Child Abuse Policy statement and complete Bowdoin College’s OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen training, and have proof of Hepatitis B vaccination or submit a written declination statement.
Approximately 19 hours per week or on an on-call, as needed basis. We are currently looking primarily for full day coverage 7:30 – 5:45 with Monday, Tuesday and Thursday availability.
About the Children’s Center
The Children’s Center at Bowdoin College strives to provide an excellent standard of care that intentionally nurtures and supports all children, families, and educators.
At the Bowdoin College Children’s Center, we understand that there are two interwoven paths that lead to children’s learning through play. One path is the creation of a rich, landscape that fosters a nurturing world where the healthy development of attachment and emotion can thrive. We strive to create a haven where children can trust, predict, and experience security. With this solid emotional foundation, they play and so they learn. We protect their play and learning from the circumstances and obstacles of group care that can be distracting; and thus, minimize the impact of group care on children’s learning.
The other path is the engaging environment where substantive and deep play offers cognitive growth and social development. When young children play, they refine motor skills, explore the physical properties of objects, learn cause and effect, and engage in means-end problem solving. We intentionally offer materials that deserve children’s attention, investigation, and exploration while we protect children’s play from interruption by offering a quiet adult-presence.
Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.