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Happy Kids International Kindergarten and Nursery

Is looking to appoint:

  • Early Childhood Class Teachers (18 months – 4 years old)
  • Reception Class Teachers (4-5 years old)
  • Year 1/Year 2 Class Teachers (5-7 year-old)
  • Assistant Teachers (for all age groups)

Happy Kids International Kindergarten and Nursery has built a reputation over
18 years as Budapest’s premier English language nursery and kindergarten

Mission Statement, Philosophy and Aims 

Mission Statement

HAPPY KIDS INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN aims to synthesize the best practices from a range of educational systems, balanced by its own unique multicultural experience to create a day care and learning environment of excellence for children in the age range 18 months – 7 years. To create this environment our aims include the following:

  • Our youngest students follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) until the end of Reception (4-5 years).
  • Our students also start an inquiry-based curriculum with an international approach from the age of 3 which is being continually developed and improved in harmony with the cultural beliefs of the host country and multinational community.
  • To develop motivated well rounded and culturally rich students.
  • To focus individual care and attention to the stage of readiness of each child so that they can achieve personal success by learning through play.
  • To create an environment where qualified and experienced staff can develop themselves and continuously give their best performance in the classroom. To encourage parent participation in the life of the kindergarten.

Philosophy

Our kindergarten philosophy and curriculum reflects, recognises and values the culture of our host country and our multicultural community. International education serves international understanding and cooperation providing strategies for meeting each child’s individual needs through play. We must help children to appreciate each child’s individuality, while developing their ability to work and play together. We strongly believe that teachers and parents are partners in their child’s education.

Aims

  • Develop in children the knowledge, skills, attitudes and concepts in key learning areas.
  • Provide learning experiences that are appropriate to a child’s age, learning readiness, stage of development and level of maturity.
  • Foster a warm, caring and safe learning environment that stimulates curiosity, fairness and respect for others.
  • Develop each child’s ability to effectively communicate in the language of instruction (English) while respecting the importance of the child’s home language.
  • Involve, inform and instruct parents in all aspects of their child’s education.
  • Develop more awareness about our environment and our impact on it, work together on reducing our carbon footprint in Happy Kids by switching off lights and appliances when not in use, closing running taps and by recycling materials and collecting waste separately. Develop in children a sense and responsibility of caring for the less fortunate or elderly people.

Job Title:

  • Early Childhood Class Teachers (18 months – 4 years old)
  • Reception Class Teachers (4-5 years old)
  • Year 1/Year 2 Class Teachers (5-7 year-old)

Reports To: Assistant School Director

Position Overview:
The Class Teacher’s main responsibility is to facilitate the student’s personal, social and emotional development. The Class Teacher works collaboratively with all staff members, parents and students to effectively implement the Happy Kids curriculum and strives to ensure all interactions meet the needs of all students in line with the mission, philosophy and aims of the school.

Qualifications and Experience:

Personal and Professional Attributes

  • Has excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Takes initiative, is flexible, and has a positive attitude
  • Cooperates and works collaboratively with all staff members, students, and parents because of strong communication and empathy skills
  • Communicates effectively in English, both in written and oral form
  • Accepts and manages change effectively
  • Maintains a solution-based approach to problem solving
  • Openly accepts and considers different perspectives
  • Actively contributes to a positive school atmosphere
  • Seeks continuous improvement
  • Committed to Professional Learning

Knowledge

  • Demonstrates a solid knowledge of curriculum content and pedagogy Understands the importance of collaboration for the curriculum to be successful
  • Understands various observation and assessment techniques
  • Demonstrates an understanding of developmental characteristics of children aged 18 months to 7 years old.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Holds a valid teaching certification (or equivalent) in their teaching field
  • Proficient in oral and written English
  • Recent experience teaching Early Childhood/ Reception/Year 1/Year 2 students
  • Technology literate in Web and Google Applications

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • A Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in education
  • Experience with Course Management software
  • Experience with online curriculum documentation
  • Demonstration of ongoing professional development in areas of best practice

Key Responsibilities

  • Implements school policies and procedures to support Happy Kids’ Mission, Philosophy, and Aims

Planning

  • Plans collaboratively for student learning (Class Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Art, P. E., Music and Drama, Hungarian).
  • Plans based on agreed student learning outcomes and in the context of a coherent, school wide programme.
  • Involves students in planning for their own learning and assessment.
  • Plans by building on students’ previous knowledge and experience.
  • Plans significant Units of Inquiry to be explored in depth.
  • Addresses assessment issues throughout the planning process.
  • Plans by emphasizing connections between curriculum areas.
  • Plans by accommodating a range of ability levels.

Teaching

  • Demonstrates high standards of spoken and written English (displays, Newsletters, Meeting Minutes, Weekly Plans, observations, assessments, eyLogs etc)
  • Uses a range and balance of teaching strategies.
  • Uses a grouping range of strategies in a variety of different learning situations.
  • Views students as thinkers with their own emerging theories.
  • Builds on what students know.
  • Uses a variety of resources representing multiple perspectives.
  • Empowers students to feel responsible and to take action.
  • Involves students actively in their own learning.
  • Pursues open-ended inquiry and real-life investigations.
  • Maintains constant awareness of the needs of second language learners. Addresses the needs of students with different levels and types of ability.

Assessing

  • Views planning, teaching and assessing as interconnected processes.
  • Uses a range and balance of assessment strategies.
  • Uses a range and balance of recording and reporting strategies.
  • Involves students, parents and colleagues in the assessment process.
  • Involves students in a shared reflection during and at the end of each unit.
  • Evaluates the program collaboratively using agreed flexible systems.
  • Enables students to see assessment as a means of describing their learning. Assesses the level of students’ current experience and understanding before embarking on new learning.