Lead Teacher (DX1) at Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center
Dexter, MI 48130


In addition to your everyday classroom duties, you may from time to time be required to manage the overall operation of the kitchen.  This includes but is not limited to the following:  to ensure children receive nutritious meals meeting their daily requirements and be able to plan meals within a budget.

The Lead Teacher is to oversee the general welfare, health and safety of all the children in the classroom.

Reports To:  Program Center Director

Hour Requirements:  35-40 hours per week


Essential Classroom Functions include but are not limited to:


  • Arrange for substitute teachers in the event of an absence
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Assist in training assistant teachers, as instructed by Program Center Director
  • Assist teachers in the classroom whenever necessary
  • Treat all staff members professionally and fairly
  • To professionally discuss the developmental progress of each child with other staff members
  • To assist in making “Sunshine Calls” when needed
  • To assist in responsibilities of touring potential parent(s) when needed
  • To assist in responsibilities of orientating new staff members when needed


  • To plan, execute and participate in age appropriate activities for the social-emotional, physical, cognitive and nutritional development of children
  • Provide children of both sexes the equal opportunities to take part in all activities
  • Help children deal with anger, sadness and frustration by comforting, identifying feelings and helping children us words to solve their problems
  • Mirror the behavior you expect, using manners and positive language
  • To provide a sanitary environment – this includes washing children’s hands (or assisting them) before/after meals and before/after diaper changes and/or toileting
  • Maintain primary caregiver role for children under the age of three
    • Checking diapers every hour and changing diapers as needed
    • Holding, rocking, picking-up, carrying and playing with children at their level, which may include sitting/movement on the floor
  • To maintain simple daily reports and attendance records
  • Head count sheets must be completed accurately on a daily basis
  • Provide (Infant & Toddler) parents with daily forms
  • To be aware of what Accreditation is and your role to support the center’s effort on obtaining and maintaining the honorary credential
  • To professionally discuss the developmental progress of each child
  • To prepare for and conduct semi-annual parent-teacher conferences
    • Discuss and review Creative Curriculum Assessments
    • Discuss and review child’s progress and areas that may need improvement
  • To be available for parents’ concerns, questions and comments
  • To attend activity nights and parent functions
  • To assist with parent phone calls when necessary (injuries, sick calls, follow-up calls, Sunshine calls)
  • To know and promote the We Care Program

General Administration

  • Documentation importance includes using first/last names of all involved, the month, day and year and your full name and signature
  • To participate in recommended training programs, courses and other aspects of professional growth
  • To open and/or close if responsibility is assigned by the Program Center Director
  • To alert the Program Center Director of any concerns that may arise
  • To carry out emergency procedures and drills
  • To work cooperatively with other staff members and parents
  • To assume an equal share of daily housekeeping duties
    • This includes daily cleaning of toys (multiple times throughout day if necessary), sweeping/mopping floors, wiping tables, vacuuming, bathroom duties, cleaning inside/top of cubbies, removal of trash, replacing trash bags, overall classroom cleanliness
  • To think quickly and act appropriately in emergency situations
  • To functioning under intense time pressure
  • Putting in extra hours if needed
    • Includes staying later than shift ends for ratio situations, late parent pick-ups and/or emergencies
  • Adapting to change
  • Understand you will wear many hats throughout the day – patience, flexibility and understanding is required when working with children and while in the employ of RCCC

General Essential Kitchen Functions:

  • Adhere to Federal Food Program (if your center participates) policies and procedures regarding food service, sanitation and record keeping requirements.  This includes but is not limited to taking meal attendance at point of service, making sure minimum serving size requirements of food and milk are served, keeping accurate records and organized filing of such records.
  • Maintain safe and sanitary environment - Maintain orderliness and cleanliness of kitchen and workspace at all times
  • Inventory supplies and submit timely requests for supplies and food within pre-determined budget and timeframe given
  • Unpack food order, write date received on food items and rotate accordingly – using oldest date first (canned, frozen, dry, and liquid)
  • Follow menu provided by RCDC – make appropriate substitutions when necessary, ensure substitutions are nutritious
  • Wash hands before and after restroom use and prior to and after food prep
  • Use fresh bleach solution daily
  • Use RCDC sanitizing guideline on daily basis
  • Assist in training teachers in cook capacity, as instructed by Program Center Director
  • To be available for parents’ concerns, questions and comments related to nutrition
  • Incorporate state health department licensing requirements and state nutritional requirements


  • To be aware of, implement and adhere to all written policies and philosophies of Rainbow Child Care Centers
  • Know, understand and implement the Rainbow Child Care Center curriculum
    • Maintain an average of 20 observation notes per child per Audit (5 week period) unless otherwise specified for part-time enrollees
    • Discuss and review Assessments with parents at parent teacher conferences
    • Gather daily observation notes, on every child who spends time in your classroom
    • Complete Assessments on each child at the end of the semester
  • Complete required daily and weekly forms
  • Prepare neat and accurate forms for parents, distributing timely
  • Submit neat lesson plans within designated timeframe
  • Weight lifting requirements are as follows:
    • 6 weeks to 6 months – up to 20 pounds per child
    • 6 months to 12 months – up to 30 pounds per child
    • 12 months to 18 months – up to 35 pounds per child
    • 18 months to 24 months – up to 40 pounds per child
    • 24 months to 36 months – up to 45 pounds per child
    • Be able to lift up to sixty (60) pounds or empty contents of box and carry safely.
  • To adjust the program to children with special needs
  • To treat all children of all races, religions, family background and cultures impartially and with respect and consideration
  • To be certified in CPR and First Aid
  • To maintain state requirements for all new hire criteria including but not limited to TB & physical renewals