Native English Speaker Wanted for Play-Based Preschool in Yokohama (Full or Part-time)

tinyHappy Garden International School

Job Overview

  • Employer Type Direct Hire
  • Industry Education / Teaching
  • Salary 250,000 JPY / Month negotiable based on qualifications, transportation reimbursed
  • English Level Native level
  • Japanese Level Not necessary
  • Other Languages It is not required, but we have an afternoon lesson in Spanish weekly and also several of our students are from Germany. Knowing these languages would be a bonus!
  • Restricted to Domestic Applicants? Japan only
  • Visa Sponsorship Yes

Job Description

  • tinyHappy Garden International School is searching for dedicated early childhood educators to join our teaching team. Located 15 minutes from Aobadai Station (Den-en-Toshi Line) that is surrounded by greenery, we are a small, play-based school inspired by the Montessori, Reggio-Emilia and Waldorf-Steiner educational philosophies and believe that play is the most important work of the child.Our students are 12 mths~6 yrs old and just as in a family, we mix the age groups together. Our daily activities include: free play, creative arts, cooking, music and motion, storytelling, and outdoor play. Our teaching team is like a close family, and we aim to create a loving atmosphere where children are free to develop themselves, socially, emotionally and especially creatively.Daily responsibilities include:
  • playing together with children aged 12 months~6 years old
  • preparing creative art activities based on our monthly and seasonal themes (teachers have full freedom in selecting monthly activities)
  • assisting with toilet time, lunch and nap time
  • communicating to parents about their child’s day at school (writing in our smartphone app)
  • taking photos of children while they work
  • attending all school events and field trips
*Daily schedule: Full time or Part-time options
Full Time: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm, including 1 hour break (Saturday work 3 days per year for half-day events)

Part-time: Tuesday-Thursday 12:00pm-6:00pm


  • Small school with family-like atmosphere
  • Lots of teacher preparation time
  • Opportunities to use your creativity with art, lesson planning, music, etc.
  • Opportunities for career development and training
  • Transportation is reimbursed up to ¥10,000 per month
  • Yearly paid leave days, Japanese public holidays off plus long Christmas/New Year Holiday

Our class sizes are very small and our atmosphere is very relaxed. We enjoy each day with our students watching them grow!

Job Requirements

  • Language requirements:  Native or near-native English level
  • Currently residing in Japan
  • Must be energetic and passionate about working in Early Childhood Education
  • Willing to do training and research about Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia, and Early Childhood Education in general
  • Must hold a Bachelor Degree (or higher level of education) for Visa Sponsorship
  • Holder of Montessori certificate and experience in a Montessori environment is preferred, but not necessary, and must be willing to learn more about this educational philosophy
  • At least 3 years of experience in an early childhood environment


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  • Full Address 10-3 Sakuradai, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
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tinyHappy Garden International School is a play-based school for children 6 months to 6 years old. Inspired by the Montessori, Waldorf-Steiner and Reggio-Emilia educational approaches, we aim to create a stimulating environment where children are... Read More
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Tokyo Office
C/O Global Village Media
1-7-20-B2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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