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Early Childhood Educator

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
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O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

5 skill sets | 31 total skills
Establishes and maintains a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environment
Interacts with children according to their individual learning style and developmental period (from birth through age 8) with physical, cognitive, socio-emotional, and linguistic activities
Ensures that the learning environment is culturally responsive to children from a variety of different backgrounds
Makes evidence-based decisions to support each child based on their developmental needs
Takes cues from children when they are unwell or need help
Acclimates children to the school environment so the transition between home and school is smooth
Maintains a safe and enriching play environment
Complies with state licensing requirements and company policies with regard to safety (health, cleaning, sanitation)
Plans and implements intentional, developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences
Collaborates with other early childhood educators in the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of early learning activities
Confers with other staff members to incorporate reflective supervision of children and feedback, and plan and offer opportunities for children’s growth and development
Gives children an age-appropriate balance of individual, small group, and whole group activities
Reads, understands, and follows state early learning guidelines, guidance from Head Start, public pre-k, and elementary education, and privately-owned childcare
Plans and offers activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programs which include key learning development areas
Works towards planning learning activities that allow children of all backgrounds to feel included
Offers early symbolic language with underpinnings in reading and math that is age appropriate
Guides and assists children in the development of positive interpersonal relationships between peers, and models conversation, eating, dressing, sleeping, and toilet habits
Observes, documents, and assesses children’s learning and development
Assesses and celebrates each child’s unique variations to better design curriculum and instruction to support their development and learning needs
Observes and records work samples, including anecdotes, from children over time, including taking dictation of children’s reflections and ideas to show progress
Identifies and uses different types of assessment accurately and ethically
Tracks children’s developmental and academic progress to plan next steps and shape learning opportunities
Maintains accurate and coherent records and reports, and shares information only when appropriate
Complies with relevant federal, state, and local requirements around mandated reporting, child study, and supports for children with disabilities
Develops reciprocal, culturally responsive relationships with families and communities
Learns about each child’s cultural background and does relevant research to better relate to them
Works in partnership with parents and/or caregivers to help them advance, recognize, and value the contributions they make to the child’s health, well-being, learning, and development
Respects and values parents and/or caregivers as children’s first teachers
Discusses children’s progress and plans next stages in their learning with parents and/or caregivers
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with co-workers and community service providers working with children
Advances and advocates for an equitable, diverse, and effective early childhood education profession
Understands and complies with company policies about inclusivity and equity.
Promotes equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practices
Communicates effectively, sensitively, and confidentially with apprentices, families, and colleagues of all backgrounds
Serves as an informed advocate for the early childhood field
Advocates for the needs of children and their families

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