Child Care Worker PRN

June 13, 2013 - August 13, 2013
Location:Kinston, NC
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Employment Type:On Call
Department:Kennedy Home
Description:The PRN Child Care Worker must demonstrate the Institutions purpose, philosophy, polices and procedures. This position works as a team member to oversee the day to day activities and needs of the children in care. These activities relate to supervising and maintaining individual and group relationships at the assigned areas. The PRN Child Care Worker does not typically work a routine schedule, but instead works on a "PRN" or "As Needed" basis to help ensure proper Child Care Worker staffing.
Duties:Daily Responsibilities:
• Provides supervision, both on an individual and group basis, to assigned children in care.
• Provides Christian Role Model and spiritual guidance and a Christian environment to include Daily Devotions and regular church attendance.
• Provides daily care to meet the needs of the children.
• Prepares and provides well balanced meals as outlined by the agency’s menus and daily nutritional requirements.
• Establishes structure in the cottages that enables the children to learn responsibilities, self-regulation and to become functioning members of the cottage.
• Generates an atmosphere which helps the child feel accepted and respected as a group member.
• Provides encouragement and participation in school activities, assistance with homework, and educational planning and contact with teachers.
• Encourages children to plan, set and achieve personal goals and provides positive direction for children in care.
• Works within the guidelines of the clothing program, supervises appropriate clothing, evaluates clothing needs and purchases clothing as approved by supervisor.
• Participates in evaluation process of children in care by working with Case Manager/Clinician and Regional/Area Director.
• Assumes responsibility for purchasing/requisitioning materials and supplies needed to run the cottage.
• Maintains a safe home environment including instructing group in safety, fire prevention, fire drills and evacuation plans.
• Plans events for children, including informal play time, special events and group activities.
• Complies with safety in accordance with OSHA, food program, accreditation standards and N.C. licensing requirements.
• Provides transportation for children to events, including but not limited to school, work, church, and medical appointments.

Discipline:
• Participates with the team in developing and carrying out strategies which promote learning and movement toward self-discipline and value change by incorporating the (TCI) Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Model and the Care Model.
• Utilizes the techniques of discipline to provide positive direction with self regulation to children.

Family Work:
•Demonstrates a working knowledge of the dynamics of family crisis.
• Accepts and works within the general philosophy and structure of the agency in meeting the needs of the family by accepting the parent as a worthy person and by promoting parent-child relationships.

Professionalism/Teamwork:
• Represents the institution to various individuals, groups, and public in a professional manner.
• Maintains professional standards as set by the institution.
• Have the commitment and the capacity to build and to maintain individual and group relationships with the various teams within the family services area.
• Respects the rights of the total team and keeps other team members informed of any changes in the cottage.
• Works under the supervision of the assigned supervisor.
• Respects the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of staff members and children in care and strives to create a positive relationship within BCH.
• Participates in the agency’s Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) program as needed.

Record Keeping:
• Keeps Case Manager/Clinician and Regional/Area Director informed of any incidents regarding children in care.
• Provides continuous monitoring of children in care, and maintains records

Knowledge/Training:
• Continually increases knowledge and skills by taking steps necessary to stay in touch with current trends in the field of residential child care and programs for children and families.
• Has a body of knowledge and skills necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position.
• Participates in all required in-service training.

Policies and Procedures:
• Maintain all handbooks and support materials.
• Ensure all incidents are properly recorded.

Qualifications:• Minimum of 23 years of age.
• High School diploma or equivalent.
• Experience as a residential child care worker and/or demonstrate the ability and motivation to learn and practice basic child care skills.
• Valid drivers’ license and be able to operate an agency vehicle to transport children.
• Must have the capability to manage, plan, organize, implement, monitor and maintain agency programs as well as adhere to accreditation standards and N.C. licensing requirements.
• Meets the general qualifications for employment as outlined in the institution's personnel policies.


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