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Extended Care Provider

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Prescott Farm is a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and preservation. We provide year-round environmental education programs for all ages and a place in the Lakes Region community that encourages curiosity, discovery, fun and connection to the natural world.

Founded in 1997 as Prescott Conservancy, Inc. d/b/a Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Prescott Farm has helped awaken appreciation for nature and concern for the environment in thousands of program participants. We offer a wide range of programs designed to preserve and pass down knowledge and skills that encourage an understanding of the natural systems that sustain us all and respect for the environment.

During the summer and school vacation weeks, our environmentally-themed WildQuest Camps have offered children ages 6-12 the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow in nature for over 15 years.

Since 2015 our nature-based preschool, Fledglings Preschool at Prescott Farm, has offered children ages 3 to 5 the educational foundation they need to succeed in school while awakening in each child a natural curiosity and respect for nature which is at the core of every preschool lesson.

Our Naturalist in the Classroom program supports teachers in local schools to provide place-based, hands-on lessons that incorporate the natural world to satisfy curriculum requirements and help keep children engaged and excited about learning throughout the school year.

Unplug, relax, and connect with nature! Prescott Farm is designated as an official NH Wildlife Viewing area with 160 acres of conservation lands open to the public year-round. Visitors can play in our natural Playscape, learn about native plant and wildlife species, and explore at their own pace in our heritage gardens and along more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails with views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains.

Visit us at: www.prescottfarm.org


Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center seeks an Extended Care Provider weekday afternoons from 2:30pm to 5:30pm to provide after-care for children ages 4 and 5 who attend Fledglings Nature-based preschool program.

Prescott Farm’s Educational philosophy inspires life-long connections with nature through creative lessons and exposure to the natural learning environment.  The Extended Care Provider will support whole child development through play, exploration, and developmentally appropriate instruction while respecting individual children’s needs.

Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be certified/ trained in CPR or be willing to do so
  • Meet ONE of the following requirements:
    • A minimum of 9 early childhood credits, including at least one 3 credit course in child growth and development, from a regionally accredited college

OR

  • A Minimum of 1500 hours of supervised child care experience in a           licensed child care program or public or private elementary               school; and
    • A written plan for completion of at least 6 additional early childhood education credits from a regionally accredited college or university; and
    • Within 12 months of the date the individual begins working as an associate teacher, documentation of 9 early childhood credits, including at least one 3 credit course in child growth and development from a regionally accredited college
      1.  
  • A Minimum of 1000 hours supervised child care experience in a licensed child care program and documentation of successful completion of a 2 year vocational child care course.

OR

  • An Associates degree in early childhood education.

 

  • Have an active interest and passion for nature, natural history, gardening, or other nature-based activities and a commitment to integrating a developmentally appropriate learning environment with nature as the main focus.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal skills.
  • Be able to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Have strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Be able to perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and on varied terrain while supervising young children.
  • Be able to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, pull, push, sit without back support, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10-35 pounds frequently.
  • Must pass a criminal background check
Responsibilities:
  • Provide Nature-based activities to engage the interests of children attending the extended day program.
  • Supervise and clean-up after a mid-afternoon snack time.
  • Communicate openly with parents/guardians at pick up, conveying any details deemed necessary by the preschool teachers. 
  • Assure compliance with NH state licensing laws as they pertain to the Fledglings’ Preschool Program.
  • Communicate openly with Preschool Director and Preschool Teacher regarding student behavioral issues.
  • Fulfill all legal and professional obligations as mandated by state licensing laws and/or Prescott Farm Policies.
  • Respect and comply with Fledglings’ Rules and Policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.
How to Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references via e-mail to:

Jayne Hastings, Preschool Director at jhastings@prescottfarm.org.  No phone calls please.

Job Location:

Laconia

Date Added: August 22, 2017

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