Teacher Aide

Substitute Teacher work as part of a teaching team to provide children with a developmentally appropriate learning environment and experiences to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. Assists in the planning, record keeping, and other classroom duties as required by program and licensing.

Substitute Teacher support the design, planning, and implementation of a quality, early childhood education classroom and implementation of the program’s philosophy and curriculum. The position requires skills and the ability to accept children and adults from diverse populations. This position is a role model for developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom and assists in classroom setup and classroom management. This position works under the direction of the classroom teacher.

Peninsula Family Service highly encouraging BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, or any other minority groups are encouraged to apply. Bilingual speakers in a multitude of languages are a plus.

Active demonstration of Peninsula Family Services’ VALUES are expected of every staff member. All of our work is based on our commitment to Integrity, Respect, Compassion, Diversity, Teamwork and Adaptability.  

REPORTS TO: Site Supervisor/Manager


Classroom Duties:

  1. Assist in preparation and implementation of activities that are appropriate for the age level, skill and social development of the children served. 
  2. Complete and/or assist in planning activities for an assigned group of children.
  3. Assist in the maintenance for an attractive, clean, creative, functional living and learning environment (which may include cleaning up before and after meals, washing dishes, sweeping/mopping floors, etc.)
  4. Help in maintaining a clean and appealing environment for the children, by picking up toys, cleaning tables, moving equipment (i.e. setting up cots, mats, or setting up and taking down outside equipment)
  5. Maintain ratio per program requirements. Visually supervise the classroom and outdoor area. Anticipate and move quickly to prevent potentially injurious situations that arise during play. Interact, initiate, and encourage the children in all the activities during the day.
  6. Be familiar with and adhere to the program’s policies, health and safety regulations and emergency procedures and be ready to implement them if necessary.
  7. Inform the teacher or supervisor of any concerns or observations of a child or the environment that may be of interest or importance.


  1. Know emergency procedures and be prepared to take responsibility for carrying them out (Fire drills, earthquake, CPR, first aid). Conduct and complete monthly Safety Checklist as requested.
  2. Complete and/or assist in record keeping such as childcare food program, attendance, child assessments, and observations (i.e. DRDP’s, ERS’s, ASQ’s, etc.) Observe and record information about children for portfolios or assessment file.


Substitute Teachers works under the direction of the classroom teacher. The Substitute Teacher needs to consult with the teacher to: change classroom activities that have been planned; any accidents or concerns about the children with their parents, parent concerns or other staff members. The Substitute Teacher may not change hours of work without the approval of the Site Supervisor.    

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be 18+ years of age (per Licensing Regulations)
  • Must be working toward at least an Associate Teacher permit – enrolled in college classes
  • Some experience with children from ages birth to five (5) or three (3) early childhood units


Substitute Teachers should be able to verbally communicate with parents and other adults in English, use grammatically correct language, and when possible, speak in the child’s home language. 

  1. Submit and maintain clear Criminal Background Check/Fingerprinting
  2. Submit and maintain evidence of a current (completed within the last year) negative Tuberculin test and health report prior to hire
  3. CPR and First Aid certified or willing to obtain within 3 months of employment; must maintain for duration of employment
  4. Work cooperatively with child development team in achieving the goals and objectives of the classroom and center.
  5. Be physically, mentally and occupationally capable of performing the following actions without endangering one’s own health:
  6. Reach a child 25 feet away within 10 seconds or less
  7. Hear a child call for help from at least 50 feet away
  8. Comprehend and react to dangerous situations involving children without hesitation
  9. Crouch to a child’s height and maintain eye contact
  10. Reach children on the highest piece of play equipment
  11. Lift a minimum of 40 pounds
  12. Sit on the floor and/or low chair and interact with children for an extended period of time.
  13. Follow all policies and procedures for handling confidential documentation and confidential information.
  14. Follow all Child Protective Services mandates and requirements, particularly regarding reporting of suspected child abuse.
  15. Follow Community Care Licensing rules and regulations and ensure classroom is in compliance 
  16. Adherence to all organization policies, procedures, Parent Handbook and Employee Handbook
  17. Timely and accurate submission of time records to supervisor and reimbursements for expenses
  18. Other duties as assigned by supervisor