Toddler Teacher
Children's Museum of Tacoma
Tacoma, WA, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

Toddler Teacher

Position Description: Toddler Co-Teacher

The Muse is a licensed childcare and early learning center serving children ages 12 months to 5 years. The Muse is inspired by beliefs from early learning centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We value teaching and learning through the arts, that is play based, and joyful. The Muse is a program within the Children's Museum of Tacoma.

Teachers collaborate with Muse and Children’s Museum colleagues to establish supportive working relationships. They are adept at listening to children, families, and colleagues with consideration and empathy. They enthusiastically study and practice Reggio Emilia principles. Teachers are flexible thinkers and creative problem solvers. They show respect for diverse parenting styles and cultural differences. They care for children in a nurturing and supportive manner.


Familiar with children’s developmental stages 12 months – 3 years of age
Develop emergent curriculum and project-based learning approaches to early learning
Create indoor and outdoor open-ended learning experiences
Create documentation of children’s learning experiences by way of text, photographs, and video
Write and implementing lesson plans and a daily schedule
Collaborate with team to organize indoor and outdoor spaces to maintain a beautiful and clean environment
Promote children’s language and literacy development
Support children’s independence and self-help skills
Support children’s ability to take physical, social, and emotional risks.
Participate in reflective supervision meetings with Director
Participate in reflective meetings with Muse and Children’s Museum team members
Assist with implementation of observation and assessment tools
Comply with DEL licensing regulations, including: child/teacher ratios; child supervision, health, safety, and emergency procedures; diapering and toilet training practices; and nap time, meal and snack practices
Follow best teaching practices as stated by DEL NAEYC, NAREA, and Early Achievers
Comply with required MERIT training to maintain good standing
Help maintain accurate record-keeping systems
Help complete record-keeping and other tasks in a timely manner
Other responsibilities requested by Director such as the care and maintenance of center

High school diploma, GED, or equivalency
AA in Early Childhood Education or Child Development Associates (CDA)
Complete required 30 hour STARS training
Experience teaching children 12 months – 3 years in a childcare setting
Effective verbal and written English skills
Strong ability to work independently and as a team member
Ability to work with persons of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
Very good interpersonal communication skills
Very good customer service with families and community members
Required to work indoors and outdoors in varying weather
Able to take walking field trips
Able to lift up to 50 pounds
Able to physically interact with children at their level
Computer Skills to include use of Microsoft Word standard functions to create, format, edit, preview, print, and save documents. Muse also use internet to locate and download relevant educational information, and use email to communicate

An AA in Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Human Development, Teaching through the Arts, or other related ECE field, or a ECE stackable state certificate
Experience working with special needs children
Bi-lingual Spanish candidates
Knowledge of Pierce County community resources for families and children

Able to pass a DEL MERIT portable criminal background check
Completion of HIV/AIDS training upon employment
Completion of Blood Borne Pathogens training within 3 months of hire
Written proof of TB testing prior to starting work
Valid Food Handlers Permit upon employment
Valid First Aid and CPR Card upon employment
Valid Washington State Driver’s license
How To Apply: Please apply with a resume and cover letter through ------------

In your cover letter please include the following:

Experience working in a childcare setting
Reason for wanting to work at for the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s Muse and Preschool programs
Describe how you work with colleagues, young children and their families
Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $14.00 to $16.00 /hour

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