Early Learning Lead: Infant/Toddler (full-time)

Norm Waitt Sr YMCA

job description


Job Title: Early Learning Lead: Infant/Toddler

Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Department: Youth Development

Reports to: Early Learning Director Revision Date: September 14, 2022

To Apply: send information to apedersen@nwsymca.org

POSITION SUMMARY: This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Early Learning Lead: Infant/Toddler at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals while promoting and maintaining a safe, positive, and nurturing environment for children, while building cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers. Under the direction and supervision of the Early Learning Director, the Early Learning Lead: Infant/Toddler will supervise and guide a child’s development in a safe and healthy environment.

OUR CULTURE: Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  1. Assists supervise and interact with all children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in our childcare program.

  2. Plans, develops, implements & participates in daily age-appropriate activities.

  3. Nurtures children through purposeful programming; creates lesson plans that are intended to achieve program goals and outcomes.

  4. Creates a positive rapport and shared interest with all youth.

  5. Provides opportunities for youth to lead, problem-solve, and make decisions and choices within the program and provides daily opportunities for youth to reflect on and respond to their experiences.

  6. Makes ongoing, systematic observations and evaluations of each child.

  7. Provides and welcomes ongoing dialogue with parents and caregivers about their child’s needs and progress; connects families to the Y. 

  8. Attends and participates in family nights, program activities, staff meetings, and staff training.

  9. Create and maintain a clean and safe environment both physically and emotionally for all.

  10. Assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as they relate to program areas, including ADA accommodations where appropriate. Ensures that YMCA program standards are met, and safety procedures followed.

  11. Maintains program site, equipment, required program records and department files.

  12. Demonstrates and supports the objectives of the Y’s mission statement and values by maintaining the Y-Voice in all that you say and do - welcoming, hopeful, determined, genuine, and nurturing.

  13. Adheres to policies as stated in the YMCA Employee Handbook.

  14. Always conducts themselves in a professional manor in and out of our program site.

  15. Possess working knowledge of child abuse and neglect laws and proper reporting procedures.

  16. Perform additional duties as assigned.


  • Communication & Influence

  • Developing Self & Others

  • Program/Project Management


  1. Previous experience working with children in a developmental setting preferred.

  2. College degree preferred or an associate degree or currently pursuing a degree (emphasis on education, early learning or business management preferred) with added related experience.

  3. Must complete the following trainings:

    • CPR/AED & First Aid certification (within 30 days)

    • Blood Borne Pathogens Training or equivalent training approved by the YMCA

    • Emergency procedure training

    • Approved Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Certification (within 30 days)

    • Additional training may be required based on program and location

  4. Ability to plan, organize and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate program activities and lesson plans.

  5. Previous experience with diverse populations.

  6. Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.

  7. Commitment to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work in a team environment and encourage open communication regarding concerns/issues with children, parents or co-workers.

  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in activities.

  • Stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger; handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; and talk to hear.


The Y will be recognized by the community as providing excellent and transformational programing that provides opportunities for all participants to learn, grow, and thrive. The Y will effectively connect and build relationship with its participants and the community, increasing member enrollment and retention and ultimately increasing the number of people positively impacted by the Y. 

contact information

business: Norm Waitt Sr YMCA
address: 601 Riverview Dr
South Sioux City, NE 68776-3581
phone: 402-404-8439 (Call Now)
website: http://www.nwsymca.org