For this Work Product, you will visit an early childhood setting to explore current practices for recruiting, supporting, and retaining employees. You will use this setting as a context to determine staffing needs, plan hiring activities, and create plans for supporting and retaining employees, including activities to cultivate a positive work environment and maximize employee motivation and job satisfaction.
To begin this Assessment, carefully review each part of the Assessment. With the tasks associated with each section in mind, arrange to visit an early childhood setting (center, school, etc.), which may be your current place of employment. Meet with the person(s) in charge of recruiting, developing, evaluating, and retaining staff. Hold one or more conversations with this person to gather information on the practices, issues, and challenges related to staffing, writing job descriptions, recruiting and interviewing, professional development, and employee support. Make a point to gain a sense of the culture of the organization and the diversity of the surrounding community. Discuss activities in place (or ones that can be developed) to support and retain staff with the goal of creating a positive and productive work environment. Make detailed notes during your visit, or record your conversation if possible, to inform your successful completion of this Assessment. Be sure to use pseudonyms for the center and for any individuals discussed in your Assessment.
Your response to this Assessment should:
Professional Skills: Written Communication and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving are assessed in this Competency. You are strongly encouraged to use the Writing Checklist and to review the Rubric prior to submitting.
This Assessment requires submission of one (1) document that includes all parts of this Work Product. Save this file as LD004_firstinitial_lastname (for example, LD004_J_Smith). When you are ready to upload your completed Assessment, use the Assessment tab on the top navigation menu.
Access the following to complete this Assessment:
This assessment has four-parts. Click each of the items below to complete this assessment.
Based on the information you gained from your visit, analyze the staffing needs of the setting. Then, to complete Part 1 of this Assessment:
Based on the staffing needs you identified in Part 1, develop job descriptions for at least two positions that are relevant to this setting. Use the “Job Description Sample” template provided to complete Part 2 of this Assessment. Your job descriptions must include the following:
Successful recruitment requires strategic decisions regarding where to post the job descriptions. Consider various options for posting the job descriptions you created in Part 2. Then, to complete Part 3 of this Assessment:
Based on the context of the early childhood setting you visited and the two positions you identified, develop interview questions for each position. Complete the following: