Blytheville Primary School is accepting applications for the position of ABC Preschool Paraprofessional.
Applicant must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or GED, a CDA or an Associate's degree in Early Childhood. Applicant must take and be able to pass a Child Maltreatment Check, Arkansas State Police background check, and fingerprinting through the FBI. These criminal record checks will be renewed every 5 years.
If hired, the paraprofessional will register with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education Professional Development Registry within 30 days of employment.
All new staff shall have a probationary period of at least 30 days, but not more than six months, during which they are closely supervised, mentored and evaluated. Evaluations will be documented and maintained in the employee file.
All new staff members who provide direct care to children shall receive a basic orientation to facility management policies, center schedules and emergency procedures prior to providing care. This will be documented in the employee file.
All new staff shall receive the following orientation (unless the staff has prior documented training in the required areas).
1. Introduction (8 clock hours) to be completed before being left alone with children:
a. Proper supervision of children
b. Behavioral guidance practices
c. Safe sleep practices for infants
d. Shaken baby syndrome; which includes prevention (Carter’s Law, Act 1208)
e. Appropriately responding to a crying/fussy infant/child
f. Emergency procedures in the event of severe weather, or fire, including
evacuation procedures and routes, and location and use of fire extinguishers.
g. Mandated reporter training
h. Administering medication
i. Caring for children with special needs / care plans
j. Transportation and car seat safety
k. Policies regarding release of children to authorized individuals
All staff shall have 15 hours of job specific training each year for the ages of children they work with. This shall be training focused on their job responsibilities, such as “Hands on Routine Care”, or “Basics of Assessment” for preschool staff.
Paraprofessional may need to receive a certificate of successful completion of first aid and CPR from an approved organization.
All staff members caring for children shall be able to perform necessary job functions, work positively with children, and be able to work collaboratively with other teachers.