Vanderbilt University Early Childhood Associate - VU Child Care Center (Anticipated Pay Range $13/HR-$15/HR) in Nashville, Tennessee

Early Childhood Associate - VU Child Care Center (Anticipated Pay Range $13/HR-$15/HR) (Job Number: 1801022)


A bout the Position:

As an Early Childhood Associate in one of our Child & Family Centers, you will assist in planning and implementing curriculum and activities for the children that is developmentally appropriate. Maintaining a safe, clean, and orderly environment is also key and will contribute to the children’s growth (emotional, social and cognitive), where play and learning happens every day. You’ll monitor the children’s behavior and development, utilizing developmental profiles, and in turn evaluate activities based on the needs of the children. Also, if you are interested in helping others start their career in child care you can by assisting with orientation and supervision of our practicum students and volunteers in the center. And of course cultivate positive relationships with parents and answer questions when needed.

About the Child & Family Center:

The Child & Family Center offers quality early childhood education and care for the children of Vanderbilt Faculty, staff, and students. The program serves children age infants (6 weeks) to five years old. The Centers are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. For more information about VU's Child & Family Centers Click Here

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About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” — as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities according to NAEYC guidelines, DHS licensing standards, and center policy.

  • Participates in planning meeting with co-teachers.

  • Collects needed materials and supplies in advance.

  • Evaluates activities based on the needs of the children.

  • Contributes to the preparation of the classroom newsletter.

  • Assists in maintaining records and submitting reports.

  • Assist with the planning and preparation of materials.

Maintains a clean, safe, orderly classroom environment which contributes to the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of children (Per NAEYC, DHS, OSHA, Risk Management, and Center policies).

  • Monitors classroom and playground for cleanliness and safety.

  • Cleans classroom according to established policies.

  • Complies with center cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

  • Limits excessive clutter in the classroom.

  • Limits time out of the classroom and off of the playground when supervising children.

  • Arrives punctually for work in order to maintain appropriate adult-child ratios.

  • Facilitates discussions with children throughout the day in order to enhance language development.

  • Monitors tone and volume of own voice to ensure respectful interactions with children, parents, and coworkers.

  • Assures that children are supervised at all times. Monitors clean-up and transitions in order to assure the safety and security of all children.

  • Positions self in classroom and on playground in order to interact with and guide children.

Assist with orientation and supervision of practicum students and volunteers.

  • Discusses weekly and daily plans with co-workers.

  • Communicates necessary information concerning schedules and activities.

  • Offers clear directions to students, observers, and volunteers.

Assist with maintaining children's records, such as daily report forms, and developmental profiles.

  • Monitors children's behavior and development.

  • Reports concerns or unusual behaviors to lead teacher and supervisor.

Works with supervisors to maintain inventory or supplies and materials; reports needed repairs immediately.

  • Removes broken toys and materials.

  • Monitors classroom inventory of supplies and materials.

  • Conducts necessary repairs when possible.

Participates in staff meetings, parent meetings/conferences, and opportunities for professional development.

  • Reports issues, concerns, or topics that need to be included in staff meetings.

  • Attend workshops and conferences as directed by supervisor.

  • Demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Department of Human

  • Services Licensing Standards, Parent Handbook, and Staff Handbook.

Promotes and maintains confidentiality with respect to information related to children, parents, and co-workers.

  • Avoids conversations with parents concerning children (other than their own), parents, and co-workers.

  • Limits conversations with others when supervising and interacting with children.

  • Answers parental questions appropriately and professionally.

  • Models appropriate interactions and behaviors for children.

Additional Information: The anticipated salary range for this position is $13/HR - $15/HR .


  • Candidates must have a high school Diploma or GED and 1 year of experience or the equivalent.

  • Candidates must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

Physical Requirements

  • Mobility – Ability to assist in the movement of objects

  • Standing for long periods of time

  • Sitting

  • Bending

  • Pushing

  • Turning

  • Walking

  • Crawling

  • Dexterity –Ability to manipulate objects

  • Reaching

  • Grasping

  • Handling

  • Visual – Ability to recognize, register, and respond

  • Color recognition

  • Calibration

  • Depth perception

  • Reading/Close-up

  • Graphing

Working Environment – This position may require work in or near the following environmental conditions

  • Noise

  • Intermittent noise

  • Normal office environment

  • Vibration

  • Subject to oscillating movement

  • Atmospheric Conditions

  • Weather conditions

  • Mist

  • Temperature extremes

  • Odor

  • Dust

  • Hazards

  • Proximity to moving mechanical parts

  • Radiation

  • Electrical current

  • Biohazards (airborne or contact exposure to bacterial or viral)

  • Toxic or caustic chemicals

  • Fumes

  • Housekeeping and/or cleaning agents

  • Explosive chemicals

  • Flammable, explosive gases


In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

This position requires high school diploma or GED and 1 year of experience or the equivalent. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 36612 - Child Care: 18th Avenue

Job: Service/Maintenance Staff