Serves as a Child and Youth Program (CYP) Assistant in one or more CYPs. Maintains control and accounts for whereabouts and safety of children and youth ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years. Assists in providing and leading planned activities for program participants.
Performs the more routine simple child-care tasks, following step-by-step instructions. Little or no previous training or experience is required. Work is reviewed in detail, while in progress and upon completion, to ensure and assess trainee’s progress and to evaluate attainment of training objectives and readiness for further training. Training will be of a progressively more responsible and specialized nature associated with the child-care and development operations. These duties are performed to increase knowledge of child care duties and responsibilities and to develop skills for advancing to the higher-level positions.
Helps establish a program environment that promotes positive interactions with other children, youth, and adults. Helps prepare, arrange, and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedules. Uses prepared curriculum and program materials and assists with developing a list of needed supplies and equipment for submission to the supervisor.
Helps create adult-made games and play materials (mixing paint and play dough and assembling props for dramatic plays, activities, etc.). Interacts with participants using appropriate approved guidance and development techniques as provided by supervisors and Training and Curriculum (T&C) Specialists. Interacts professionally with staff members, parents, and local installation command personnel. Supervises participants during daily schedule of indoor and outdoor activities and on field trips, outings, and special events. Promotes and models safety, fitness, health, and nutrition practices. Prepares and implements program options to care for participants with special needs as directed by the supervisor. Notifies supervisor of health, fire, and safety compliance concerns. Helps arrange for and serve appropriate snacks or meals where applicable.
Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse, or neglect and reports as directed. Notes special instructions provided by parents. Ensures participants (as applicable) depart with authorized person according to written parental instructions. Assists in maintaining program participation data and completing required daily reports. Provides care and supervision, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with DoD, DoD Component, and local installation policies, guidance, and standards.
Completes training requirements using approved OSD and Service materials to include designated training modules. Participates in program evaluation as required. Assists in achieving and maintaining DoD certification and national accreditation where applicable. Ensures compliance with law, policies, and regulations applicable to DoD CYPs. Performs other related duties as assigned. May work a fluctuating work schedule to complete work assignments outside of the typical work hours.