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"Waddlers" Lead Teacher (age 12-24mos)

The Growing Tree Playcare & Preschool

Bellevue, WA, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Apr 19

The Growing Tree Playcare & Preschool is looking for qualified teachers to join our team! With roots in Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf approaches, each nature-based class is child-centered according to the age and stage of the children. We believe in teaching, modeling, and fostering compassion and a love of learning from day one.  Team teaching allows for a healthy ratio of teachers to children, giving everyone time and space for one on one interactions, and lively play. 

Children in our “Waddlers” class enter when they turn one until they turn two and move into the “Toddlers” class. We are looking for teachers who are excited to work with this age group and have experience helping these young children transition from babyhood to the toddler years. Teachers should be competent in creating safe, nurturing environments for waddlers to play and explore. Experience in a Waldorf early childhood classroom a plus.

The position is F/T with the option of either a morning or afternoon shift:  Opener (6:15-3:15) or (7-4) Closer: (9:00-6:00) or (9:30-6:30)


  • A college degree in education or child development and experience working in a preschool or daycare are preferred, but a passion for early childhood education is a must!
  • For lead teachers: By August 1, 2026 an ECE Initial Certificate (12 credits) is required. A short Certificate (20 credits) is needed 2 years from completing the Initial Certificate
  • For Assistant Teachers: By August 1, 2026 an Initial Certificate (12 credits) is required.
  • We start with a 3 month paid trial period. After that teachers will be required to get CPR/ First Aid/ Bloodborne Pathogens, Food Handlers, and STARS training for a raise and signing bonus.

Job Description:

Duties include playing, singing, reading, supervising, creating lesson plans, creating newsletters, providing daily updates through Procare, playing outside year-round (rain or shine), leading circle time, participating in small group activities, prepping snack, facilitating art projects, changing diapers, assisting in potty training, communicating with parents and coworkers, writing progress reports, parent/teacher conferences, team teaching, and maintaining professionalism.


Starting pay is between $17- $24 per hour based on education and experience. We offer a $1 raise after 3 months when training requirements are complete, along with the option to sign a year contract to receive a $1000 bonus. We value our teachers and try to give frequent performance raises as enrollment grows.


We now offer 100% paid Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance! All teaching resources, classroom materials and supplies, trainings, and conferences are paid for by the company.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $17.00 - $24.00 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:

All staff must be vaccinated and wear masks while around the children at this time. 

To apply: Please send a letter of interest and resume to info@thegrowingtreeplaycare.com with "Waddlers Lead Application" in the subject line. We will contact

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