Employment Opportunities at Happy Days Childcare & Learning Centers of Northwest Indiana

We provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to the most qualified persons regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran's status, or legal immigration status. It is our policy that everyone will be treated equally and with respect in all aspects of employment.
 

Highland

 
Lead Teacher
 
DESCRIPTION
The lead teacher is responsible for the care and education of a group of children as part of teaching team, and functions as a team leader, co-leader. The teacher plans and implements the curriculum, and with active participation of other members of the teaching team, works with parents and assist the needs of individual children.

MINIMUM
Must have thorough knowledge of and be able to implement a developmental curriculum. Must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and have an Associate or Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, or CDA credential and be professionally prepared as a teacher of young children. In addition, he/she must meet the requirements of the city and state licensing agencies.

Experience in infant/toddler is a plus.
 
Assistant Teacher
DESCRIPTION
The lead teacher is responsible for the care and education of a group of children as part of teaching team, and functions as a team leader, co-leader. The teacher plans and implements the curriculum, and with active participation of other members of the teaching team, works with parents and assist the needs of individual children.

MINIMUM
Must have thorough knowledge of and be able to implement a developmental curriculum. Must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma, have worked in a childcare facility previously and be professionally prepared as a teacher of young children. In addition, he/she must meet the requirements of the city and state licensing agencies.
 
 

Merrillville (South)

No Positions Available
 

Merrillville (North)

 
Cook
 
DESCRIPTION

Cook’s responsibility is to distribute and prepare nutritionally balanced meals for our students while maintaining a clean environment in the kitchen. In addition will keep an accurate inventory of supplies and order replacement supplies as needed.

SCOPE
The Cook, meal planning and preparation, food distribution to rooms, record keeping and all kitchen operations; ensures adherence to Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines and all public health regulations regarding food storage and preparation.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Under general supervision, plan, prepare nutritious meals and snacks for enrolled children; prepares substitute items for children on restricted diets and document all meals for the, Indiana Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), children; and perform related work as required.
  • Keeps a daily record of menus; maintain accurate written records; perform mathematical calculations accurately. Keeps a daily meal production record following the requirements of the CACFP using the Simplified Food Buying Guide (SFBG) to calculate amount. In collaboration with the Program Supervisor, develops weekly menus to meet CACFP meal pattern requirements. Determines meal and snack count and distributes food to each classroom
  • Performs weekly food and supply inventory; submits list of needed items to Management. Orders food and supply items in addition will keep an accurate inventory of supplies and order replacement supplies as needed, within budget set by Management. Check-in supply deliveries to ensure accuracy of order placed.
  • Practices safe food handling techniques in food preparation and storage. Maintains a safe and sanitary kitchen, pantry and storage areas; washes items used for food preparation. Keeps kitchen, including appliances, cabinets and all inventory, organized and clean.
  • Ensures that all state and local health department, licensing, safety and nutritional requirements are met; follows standards of personal hygiene, safety, and sanitation
  • Maintains verification of food and non-food purchases to meet CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) requirements.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, training sessions, and center events as requested. Attends CCFP conferences and other workshops as needed.

ABILITY TO:
  • Work cooperatively with staff, students, vendors and funding agency monitors

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be able to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting heavy items (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking.
  • Must pass fingerprint clearance and background search for all appropriate agencies

KNOWLEDGE OF:
  • Early childhood nutrition; production cooking.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduation from high school, or equivalent.
  • At least year of cooking experience
  • Experience in cooking for a school/pre-school is a plus
  • Strong customer service mindset
  • Food training in sanitation, food safety, nutrition, food preparation
  • Food Handler's Permit as required by IN state
  • Experience in production or commercial cooking. Experience with the Child Care Food Program requirements and documentation preferred
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE:

  • Valid Indiana driver’s license and insured automobile in good working order is required. ServSafe Certification is preferred.