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Full and part time positions available

Responsible to: Director

Location:  Little Cavaliers Early Learning Center, University of Virginia at Wise

Job Purpose: The Educational Assistant is responsible for assisting in the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being and the supervision of his/her assigned group of children.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Director, the Educational Assistant performs all of the following:

Child Development and Supervision

  • Supervises and implements the childcare program in accordance with policies and the philosophy of the center.
  • Treats each child with dignity and respect.
  • Helps children become aware of their roles as integral members of a group.
  • Physically supervises all activities of children in their care; supervision standards and processes must be maintained at all times both inside and outside of the center.
  • Provides consistent care of children’s needs throughout the day, including but not limited to:
    • Feeding
    • Diapering
    • Toilet Training
    • Comforting
    • Guidance
    • Nap
    • Play
    • Learning
  • Maintains confidentiality in dealing with parents, children, and families.
  • Tailors the program to the needs of individual children with concern for their interests, abilities, special talents, and individual style and pace of learning.
  • Considers individual children in relation to their cultural and socioeconomic background.
  • Leads developmentally appropriate activities and lessons that include dramatic play, block/manipulative, gross/fine motor, arts/crafts, music/movement, language, math/science, indoor/outdoor activities, etc.
  • Communicates daily with parents regarding child’s day/activities.
  • Educational Assistant must be willing to actively participate in child development and care to include: play, picking up children, reading to children, helping with meal time, and all other duties.
  • Assists the Lead Educator in identifying behavioral problems and ensuring development plans are followed.
  • Responsible for performing Lead Educator responsibilities in their absence including, but not limited to: lesson planning, completing daily paperwork, documentation, parent communications, etc.

 Classroom and Program Management

  • Assists the Lead Educator in carrying out all scheduled activities and lesson plans for the assigned group of children.
  • Collaborates with the Lead Educator in the arrangement, appearance, decor, and learning environment of the classroom.
  • Responsible for ensuring the cleanliness of, and reporting any maintenance/repair for, the classroom.
  • Assumes an equal share of housekeeping responsibilities (indoor and outdoor).
  • Assists as necessary to ensure the classroom is adequately stocked with any necessary forms or supplies each day before the first child arrives.
  • Assists Lead Educator as necessary in maintaining accurate records or attendance, accidents, activity sheets, medications, etc.
  • Carries out standards of the Virginia Department of Education licensure rules; responsible to read, review, and understand all regulations.
  • Responsible for reporting in an appropriate and timely manner any noncompliance with UVA Wise policies and procedures, VDOE licensure rules, and local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Attends all required staff meetings.
  • Participates in recommended training programs, conferences, CPR and First Aid courses, and other aspects of professional development (Minimum hours required: 16 per year)
  • Represents the Educational Assistant position, YWCA, and UVA Wise in a hospitable manner to guests and in contact outside the center.
  • Maintains a positive, flexible, and cooperative relationship with all staff and volunteers of the agency.

General Requirements

  • Works in a safety-conscious manner, which ensures that safe work practices are used in order not to pose a risk to self or others in the workplace. Reports any safety violations or hazards to the supervisor.
  • Complies with UVA Wise policies and procedures and local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Adheres to a drug-free workplace.
  • Interacts in a professional, compassionate manner with children, families, visitors, volunteers, and co-workers to provide a safe and caring environment that ensures self-respect, personal dignity, rights, and physical safety of each person.
  • Maintains a dependable attendance record and adheres to standards of cleanliness, grooming hygiene, and dress code.
  • Ensures equal opportunity in the conduct of all business activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender, age, national origin, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or any other legally protected category.

Physical Demands

  • Walking, standing, talking, and hearing. The employee must be able to hear children at all times, must be able to see the children with a quick glance, and must be able to physically respond immediately.
  • Ability to routinely lift children, move furniture in an early childhood classroom, and sustain long hours of active work for 8 hours or more.
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.
  • Agility to move quickly and keep pace with young children.

Mental Demands

  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written).
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress.
  • Ability to remain alert and energetic for 8 hours or more.


  • Minimal travel required. Some travel may be required for trainings.

Email cover letter and resume to: careers@ywcatnva.org


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