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Job Description:
Teacher Aide 

Trettin Early Learning Center is a non-profit organization providing high quality childcare for families in Seattle. The center is supported and housed in the University Congregational United Church of Christ. The non-sectarian program provides full-time, part-time, and drop-in childcare. The programs serve up to 85 children each weekday, ages 12 months through the time that they leave for Kindergarten. The organization provides a diverse, safe, and inclusive environment

Key Job Benefits

  • This is an hourly job with a starting hourly rate of $20.35 and increases based on job-related knowledge, experience, and formal education.

  • Full-time employees receive fully paid medical and dental benefits

  • 13 paid holidays per year, plus a week off between Christmas and New Year's

  • Annual performance-based bonuses

  • Generous sick and vacation time

  • Discounted childcare and priority admission

  • Fully paid Orca transit card – the childcare center is in the heart of the U-District, just blocks from the Link light rail and many bus routes

  • Access to scholarships for further education

Full Job Description

Job Title: Teacher Aide

Reports To: Executive Director and Assistant Director

Minimum Age: 18

Overview: The Teacher Aide supports daily operations of the classrooms in compliance with DCYF Licensing Requirements, Early Achievers Operating Guidelines and Trettin Early Learning Center Board Policies. They will work with other team members to provide a warm nurturing, safe and loving environment where self-concepts are enhanced, independence encouraged and individuality respected. Teacher Aides are not able to be left unsupervised with children.



● High School Diploma or Equivalent.

● Must be working toward obtaining initial stackable certificate, to be completed by 2024.

● Must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbally. We prefer English.

● Child Care Staff may need to carry children who weigh up to or more than 50 pounds. Staff need the physical ability to access all areas of the program facility

● Must be able to pass DCYF Criminal Background Check as required.

● Meet STARS minimum requirements and have a current MERIT account.

● Child Care Orientation before working in a classroom.

● First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens Certifications at hire or within 90 days of hire.

● Proof of negative TB Test within the past 12 months or within 90 days of hire.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

● Meet Program Universal Expectations.

● Establishes positive relationships and clear communications with families, co-workers, supervisors and other building staff.

● Act as a part of a cohesive, collaborative team committed to healthy development of the children, each other and the Programs.

● Contribute to supervision of daily operations of the classroom in compliance with DCYF Licensing Requirements, Early Achievers Operating Guidelines and Trettin Early Learning Center Board Policies.

● Work successfully independently and in collaboration in the classroom team.

● Contributes to a positive classroom learning environment consistent with the requirements of the ERS and DOH guidelines.

● Monitor equipment safety and report the need for repair to Admin Team of all equipment and supplies used by the classroom.

● Collaborate with team to ensure that individualized instruction is implemented for all children needing it.

● Maintain an environment of appropriate and positive discipline.

● Collaborate with Co-Leads and other team members to implement behavior management strategies that honor and respect the children and teachers.

● Maintain staffing ratios in accordance with licensing requirements, program needs and Board policies.

● Successfully account for all children assigned to your classroom at all times.

● Follow posted procedures in classroom to ensure best health and safety practices.

● Attend Staff meetings

● Communicate regularly with classroom team about children, routines, curriculum and concerns or other issues in the classroom.

● Communicate regularly with Admin Team about concerns or other issues in the Programs.

● Help to implement developmentally appropriate activities from a child-led perspective that reflect children’s interests and meet their learning needs.

● Collaborate with classroom team to find optimal ways of completing needed tasks.

● Relate joyfully and sensitively to children.

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