Early Childhood Aftercare/Floater Teacher Position

Breakwater School | Portland, ME

Posted Date 11/22/2017

Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative aftercare/floater teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a part-time hourly school year position which changes to full-time hours in the summer months.  The position includes working four  evenings of P.D. Care Program and Feb and April vacation week care program during the school year.

About Breakwater
Breakwater School is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school serving 150 students from the age of eighteen months through eighth grade. Our school philosophy balances the best of the progressive movement with current research, innovation and proven traditional practices in a curriculum highly integrated among all subjects. Breakwater’s programs are housed in three separate buildings surrounded by large fields for outdoor play and supplemented by a 21 acre nature preserve. Breakwater School hires kind, personable, creative, committed and well organized faculty and staff who have a passion for learning and believe in the inherent abilities of each child.

About Position
We are seeking a loving, skilled and energetic teacher for our Early Childhood Aftercare program to provide a safe and welcoming play environment for children ages 18 months to 5. Must have experience teaching young children and communicate well with children, co-workers, and parents. This Teacher will float between toddler and preschool classrooms as scheduled in the summer and school year, work in preschool aftercare with children ages 3-5 during the summer and work in the toddler aftercare with children ages 18 months to 3 years during the school year.   

School Year Schedule: Mondays and Fridays 1-5:30 pm ;Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays hours 2:30-5:30 pm.
Weekly hours may fluctuate with enrollment and daily ratios.

Additional contracted hours include working aftercare programming during our professional development dates, Some evening events during the school year and vacation care during February and April vacation weeks.

The right candidate will be:

  • A loving and patient advocate for all children
  • Accountable for the short and long-term success of the preschool program regarding curriculum, learning environment, and relationships with children, parents, staff.
  • A spokesperson within and outside of Breakwater who embodies and articulates the preschool program's goals, curriculum, and benefits to children, to the school, and to the Portland area community.


  • Teaches and supports children ages 18 months - 3  and 3-5 in a play-based, emergent curriculum inspired by the best practices of Reggio Emilia and grounded in intentional, integrated and researched based teaching.  
  • Help to maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.
  • As Aftercare Teacher, plans and maintains daily schedule and routine. As Floater Teacher, helps maintain daily schedule and routine.
  • Works with the Academic Director,  Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to ensure optimum learning for each student and to cultivate a kind, welcoming, and vital classroom community.
  • Articulates a personal working early childhood education philosophy in alignment with Breakwater mission, principles and teaching model.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn and teach in response to individual children's needs and developmentally appropriate best practices.
  • Works with the Head of School,  Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, and faculty to communicate, support and model Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, principles and the Breakwater Way
  • Establishes work patterns and relationships within Breakwater that are sustainable, productive, mutually respectful and supportive, in service to children and families.


  • Passionate early childhood teacher-researcher fluent in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio and/or earth education or interest in training.
  • Loving, warm, playful, creative, inclusive, enthusiastic, calm.
  • Practiced observer of children with skill in varied methods of documentation.
  • Demonstrate trust in and respect for children's innate abilities.
  • Organized and attentive to detail and planning, prompt, meets deadlines, follows through.
  • Demonstrated classroom leadership ability, strong classroom management skills and skilled in positive guidance for individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrates lifelong learning, including continued research and implementation of best practices in early childhood education related to Reggio Emilia and earth education and multi-age early childhood education.
  • Initiator, inventive, adventurous.
  • Skilled in facilitation and conflict resolution.
  • Effective and caring communicator, skilled listener.
  • Collaborative, generous and positive co-worker and team member.
  • Resourceful, resilient, great sense of humor, and flexible.
  • Joyful, energetic, and welcoming regarding children

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching children between the ages of 18 months and 5 in a group setting
  • Must either be working toward a degree in early childhood education or related field, hold an associates degree in early childhood education, or have earned an early childhood certificate
  • Able to lift 40 pounds, haul or drag up to 25 pounds, sit, stand, squat, and otherwise get down on the level of children
  • Willing and able to change diapers and assist children with toileting and other self care
  • Toddler and Preschool teaching experience in at least one of the following settings preferred: Reggio Emilia inspired, Montessori, and/or nature based preschool program
  • Experience with one or more of the following is desired: school gardens, early childhood art, music, movement, nature studies, science, tinkering, woodworking


  • Hourly. Pay depends on experience and education.
  • Position begins January 2, 2018 in addition to orientation and some Training hours to be scheduled.
  • Resumes will be reviewed as they are submitted.


Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references electronically. No phone calls please.

Applications will be reviewed at the time they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled.


For more information about our work, please log onto the website at Breakwaterlearning.org

Breakwater is an equal opportunity employer (EOE), and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.


Job Type
Teacher - Pre K
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