Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Teachers

Make a difference in children's lives!

We are looking for take-charge individuals with a lifelong passion for teaching to implement a developmentally- enriching curriculum and to maintain a clean, safe, and supportive classroom and environment. A genuine desire to lead and inspire both students and other teachers is essential for this position.


Safari childcare implements a thematic curriculum, focuses on individualized care for each student, and encourages ongoing parent interaction and communication. This position will entail preparing and implementing weekly lesson plans, defining measurable outcomes to evaluate each child's progress, and ultimately preparing students for 1st grade. Emphasis on literacy, math, and science as well as exceptional health and safety standards throughout the school is required.


Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring professional development requirements are met, more specifically 15 hours of in-service training per year.

  • Submitting purchase orders of all supplies and equipment needed to implement comprehensive curriculum.

  • Articulating and modeling Safari Childcare philosophies and vision to students, families, staff, and the community.

  • Ensuring classrooms, hallways, playgrounds, and common areas are safe, clean, organized, and tour-ready at all times.

  • Devising action plans regarding students and subordinates who may be experiencing difficulty.


Characteristics and Qualifications:

  • Dedication to Safari Childcare values, an understanding of its mission, and an unwavering commitment to fulfill the policies and procedures set forth by Safari Childcare.

  • A high level of personal integrity and professionalism.

  • A personal commitment to ensure each student learns to read and write.

  • The capacity to motivate and lead fellow teachers in order to yield the highest academic performance possible from all students.

  • The ability to give constructive feedback to subordinates in an effort to facilitate student growth and academic achievement.

  • Openness to receive feedback on issues that will facilitate growth and achievement of both students and teachers.

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a child care setting, 10+ years preferred.

  • Experience coaching or managing others in order to achieve a common goal.

  • A passion for teaching children and watching them learn and grow.


Applicants who are willing to identify and solve problems, collaborate with others, and who are not afraid to lead and manage others, will thrive in this environment. All candidates must have a genuine love for all children, and meet IL DCFS requirements for Lead Teacher: 60 credits + 6 ece or 30 credits + 1 year experience in licensed child care + 6 ece credits.


Benefits include:

  • 60% off childcare,

  • health & dental insurance

  • tuition reimbursement, and

  • extensive advancement potential!


Pay commensurate with education and experience.

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