Nairobi Waldorf School
Job Title: Assistant Kindergarten Class Teacher
Job Title: Assistant Kindergarten Class Teacher
Reporting to: Faculty Chair, Nairobi Waldorf Schools
Background: The Nairobi Waldorf School – – was founded in 1992.
What our school has to offer through Waldorf education is as relevant as ever, with the increasing demand of modern life and its related social, political and economic issues, all of which require creative solutions.
Our school has established a nurturing and growing community, which shares the simple vision of raising our children holistically in true consciousness and love, with the goal of enabling them to contribute towards establishing a more peaceful and sustainable Kenya and Global community.
1. Meeting the Needs of the Children
The Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for developing and presenting curriculum in accordance with the principles and methods of Waldorf education, specifically:
- preparing a school-year calendar
- preparing and presenting daily lesson plans for children ages 4 to 6, including the use of story time with puppetry, a short circle including finger-play…and a healthy snack
- guiding student activities and providing on-going support
- assessing and responding to the evolving needs of the children in the class
- preparing, completing and compiling children’s progress report in a well structure and timely manner for the Administrative Assistant to file them
- providing and maintaining a healthy, home-like environment both inside and in the school garden
- when on duty, ensure that students who are not picked up in a timely manner are well cared for, for their duration on the school grounds; while making sure that repetitive cases are handled so that children staying on school grounds after pickup time remains exceptional
The Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for forming and maintaining a healthy social life in the class, specifically:
- introducing students and their families to Waldorf education
- interviewing prospective students and their families to assess the appropriateness of Waldorf education for the student and to convey an understanding of the principles and methods of Waldorf education to parents
2. Meeting the Needs of the Families
The Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for incorporating the students’ families into the school life, specifically:
- educating parents about early childhood development
- Gathering and distributing to parents pertinent articles that support and elaborate Waldorf early childhood development and philosophy
- addressing parent questions and concerns regarding parenting and child development
- planning and conducting at least 3 parent meetings during the school year, to include craft or artistic activities and study of a book, article, or relevant topics
- Helping parents form and conduct groups to study the principles of Waldorf education and the needs of children
- facilitating the support of Waldorf education through the use of Waldorf principles in home life
3. Meeting the Needs of the Community
The Kindergarten Teacher participates in the activities of the school community, specifically:
- coordinating and participating in school festivals
- participating in school outreach events
- working with other early childhood staff and Faculty to assess the needs for and development of programmes to meet the needs of families with young children
4. Meeting the Needs of the Faculty
The Kindergarten Teacher participates in the management of the affairs of the school, specifically:
- attending Faculty meetings (early childhood and full) to address pedagogical, curriculum, and school management issues
- Supervising and meeting one hour per week with the assistant teacher
- serving in Faculty management positions when nominated
- serving on school committees when nominated
- contributing to administration and management tasks
- Preparing an annual procurement plan for teaching material, class repair or improvements…
- abiding by decisions of the Faculty and the Board of Trustees
- attending the annual General Assembly meeting
- being available the last two weeks in August for student interviews, facility preparation and Faculty meetings as scheduled.
5. Meeting the Needs of the Teacher
The Kindergarten Teacher makes a commitment to self-improvement, specifically:
- working with and meeting with a mentor
- participating in an annual self-evaluation and performance appraisal process
- developing personally through an ongoing study of Anthroposophy
Skills and Qualifications
- At least Diploma in ECDE
- Certificate/Diploma in Waldorf/Steiner Teaching Primary (Desirable)
- 3 years’ experience in classroom teaching.
- Ability to paint and good in story telling will be an added advantage.
Submitting your application
Clearly state your current and expected salary in the cover letter
All interested and qualified candidates must submit a CV (with references) and cover letter to email@example.com with the email subject ‘Application for Assistant Kindergarten Class Teacher’ before 19th July 2016.
NB: Nairobi Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer.