III. EXPLORING POSITIONS
Description: An aid assists in the classroom under the direction of the Teacher, Head of Group or Assistant to Head of Group. The position may also entail assignment as a one-on-one aide to a child with special needs.
Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions: The Aide should have some knowledge of child development, and the policies and procedures of the setting. The Aide needs listening and oral communication skills to carry out directions given by Teacher, Head of Group, Assistant to Head of Group, and assists in routine activities of the classroom. Attitudes of cooperation, desire to work with children, and reliability are necessary for this position.
Employment Settings: Program aides work in the following:
- Public School (See SECTION II, SETTING E)
- Private School (See SECTION II, SETTING D)
- Child care and education programs (See SECTION II, SETTINGS A.1,2,3 C,D,E)
- Head Start (See SECTION II, SETTING B)
- Residential Programs (See SECTION II, SETTING D)
- Special Education Programs (See SECTION II, SETTINGS G)
Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or substantial experience working with children under 13 years of age. All persons holding this position must be cleared through the NYS Central Registry of Child Abuse and their fingerprints must be submitted to the required authorities. (These are guidelines according to state child care regulations and do not apply to all the settings listed.)
Preparation: An aide may have taken early childhood courses in high school or in the community as preparation for employment. (These are guidelines according to state child care regulations and do not apply to all the settings listed.)
Continuing Education: For individuals working in child care centers licensed by NYS, requirements are:
- 15 hours of approved training during the first six months of employment
- 30 hours of approved training during the first two years of the registration/licensing period of the child care setting
- 30 hours of approved training every two years thereafter
The training is applied to the program’s registration/license, not the individual staff person participating in the training exercises. If an individual leaves program A after six months, the individual must still complete the 15 hours of training within the first six months in program B. The individual does retain the training experiences when changing employment. The training credits remain with program A and are credited toward program A’s registration/licensure process. Training must address the following topics:
- Principles of child development, including the appropriate supervision of children, meeting the needs of children enrolled in the program with physical or emotional challenges and behavior management and discipline.
- Nutrition and health needs of children
- Child day care program development
- Safety and security procedures, including communication between parents and staff
- Business record maintenance and management
- Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention
- Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
- Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment.
- Education and information on the identification, diagnosis, and prevention of shake baby syndrome
Opportunity For Advancement: With experience, training and further education the Aide may move into Assistant to Head of Group or Assistant Teacher positions.
Serving Children Directly – Nanny/governess, one-on-one special services aide, camp counselor
Serving Families Directly – Family worker, home visitor, home health aide
Providing Information Goods and Services – Children’s library assistant, vendor educational merchandise