Assistant preschool teachers help head preschool teachers in carrying out classroom activities. These assistants may teach some lessons and help the children to grasp the concepts, and some children may need one-on-one attention for the best comprehension. It's important to be able to teach children not only academic skills, but also their social, physical, and self care skills.
Assistant preschool teachers participate in classroom activities such as academic learning, arts and crafts, storytelling, music, circle time, meals, and outdoor activities, and lesson planning and creating or implementing the school's curriculum may also be part of the job. Some children may be in diapers while others are still potty training, so it may be necessary to help in these aspects, and CPR and first-aid training may also be necessary prior to being hired.
These assistants must always ensure that the classroom is arranged in a healthy and safe manner, and they may also have cleaning, tidying, and organizing duties. Some jobs require them to have credits or a degree in early childhood education, and strong customer service skills are also important in order to serve parents and resolve issues. In some positions, the assistant teacher may also provide tours for prospective families and carry out front-desk duties. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers require experience while others offer on-the-job training.
Assistant Preschool Teacher Tasks
Ensure supervision of children and enforce school policy.
Attend to children’s basic needs, such as toileting, feeding, and maintaining nap schedules.
Maintain cleanliness and organization of classroom.
Assist teacher with preparation and facilitation of daily activities, such as games, crafts, and field trips.
Asses children’s emotional and developmental needs through evaluation and parent-teacher conferences.