Childcare Specialist On-Call


Provide nurturing childcare for infants and children in a daycare setting for the children of mothers completing residential chemical dependency treatment. Plan and implement appropriate daily activities that meet the individual and group needs; encourage parent involvement, document child progress/activities; provide and maintain an environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe and healthy.


RESPONSIBLE TO:  Program Manager/Inpatient Supervisor


  • Knowledge of child development as evidenced by professional reference, education, experience, and on-the-job performance.

  • At least two years' experience working with children 0-5 years old.

  • Ability to work effectively and compassionately with chemically dependent adults and diverse populations.

  • Maintain current First Aid and Adult and Infant CPR certifications (must possess certification within 30 days of hire).

  • Maintain reliable work attendance and ability to work scheduled hours.

  • Must possess Food Handler's Permit within 30 days of hire

  • Valid driver's license & insurance coverage as required by law

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain effective relationships with clients.

  • Ability to remain calm and act quickly in emergencies.

  • Ability to effectively use a computer to access information, communicate, complete time reporting, and complete other job duties.

  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check pre-hire and annually thereafter and routine Inspector General checks.

  • Punctual, regular, reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.

  • It is required that employees declare understanding of and willingness to comply with the requirement that there be no misuse of alcohol or drugs while employed.

  • Cannot have abused any chemical substances within one year that would in any way impair or limit ability to perform this job.


  • Apply discipline in a positive, non-judgmental manner that sets clear and appropriate limits. Assist children in accepting responsibility for behavior.

  • Encourage children's individuality and independence and assist them in gaining the skills for understanding and expressing their wants and needs and resolving their conflicts.

  • Assist parents in learning nurturing and appropriate methods of parental control while mothers are participating in the daycare program.

  • Assist in maintaining equipment in proper working order and sanitary condition. Ability to identify and remove hazards to health and/or safety and notify proper authorities when necessary.

  • Assist in clean-up of classroom, yard, and equipment using universal precautions as appropriate.

  • Follow basic health and safety rules posted in classroom and assist children in understanding and observing rules.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of procedures for responding to a variety of emergencies and ability to assist in conducting drills to train staff and children.

  • Report injury or potential child abuse in accordance with laws and program policy.

  • Maintain professional boundaries and set a positive example of caretaking and discipline for clients and children.

  • Show consideration for the cultural and socioeconomic background of the children and treat each child with dignity and respect.

  • Attend all daycare staff meetings and participate in training programs, conferences, and recommended courses as requested by supervisor.

  • Follow all policies and procedures with regard to alcohol/drug patient information protection, including 42 CFR, 45 CFR and HIPAA.

  • Advise appropriate staff members, classroom team, and/or families (e.g. child's needs, observations, changes in family situations, etc.) for the purpose of developing methods for improvement and/or reinforcing individual classroom goals.

  • Instruct children and parents (e.g., nutrition, self-care, social, motor skills, language skills) for the purpose of optimizing development of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills.

  • Monitor children's activities (e.g., classroom, snacks/lunch, playground, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of providing for the safety and welfare of children.

  • Plan classroom activities for the purpose of creating developmentally appropriate lesson plans to meet individual and group needs.

  • Respond to the personal needs of children, birth to 5 years (e.g., daily routines, diaper changing, feeding, changing soiled/wet clothes, etc.).

  • May be required to assist with housekeeping responsibilities.

  • Shift hours may be subject to change to meet the needs of the program.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and evaluate information presented in regulations, professional publications, referral documents and similar materials. Ability to write clearly and cohesively and to present information effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions from a wide variety of data and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

  • Physical Demands: Job requires regular sitting, standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, twisting, writing, and carrying children and babies. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, implements or office equipment; talk and hear; stand and walk, reach with hands and arms; stoop or kneel. Employee must occasionally lift up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Employee may be required to move toys, cribs, and light furniture.

  • Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, with noise generated by children rather than machines. Work is performed in a daycare setting that operates within an inpatient chemical dependency center with a moderate amount of stressful, urgent, and sometimes emergent situations.