Early Childhood Caregiver (#16-042)


We are a mixed-aged center providing nurturing care for the children of students, staff, and faculty on the Kenmore campus of Bastyr University. We are play-based, relationship centric, and emotionally responsive.  Respect for children is our guiding principle. We have several core values:

1) We see children as capable learners, whose main work is play:  We use a constructivist philosophy to build our learning environment in response to the curiosities of the children.  We have no set agenda, but strive to remain flexible so that we can observe, offer opportunities, and build on each child’s unique interests.  We trust that they are capable of telling/showing us what they need to learn.

2) We believe that relationships are central to learning: We work hard to build a relationship of trust with each child.  This allows the child to relax and feel free to pursue individual curiosities knowing that they are supported.

3) Our work with children is rooted in emotional responsiveness.  We have deep respect for children and their feelings and believe that it is our job to provide a safe container for those feelings while helping each child to build skills of self-regulation.

Position Summary:  Responsible for developing strong relationships with the children, building and scaffolding their learning and development, and seeing that each child’s daily needs (eating, napping, diapers, and play) are being met. Help to maintain an inclusive, supportive community for the children at the center.



  • 1 year experience in early childhood care setting and/or coursework in early childhood education
  • Able and willing to work with children ages 3 months – 5 years old
  • Be able to walk, squat, kneel, sit on floor, see, hear, speak with children to ensure children's health and safety in indoor and outdoor environments
  • Valid Adult/Child/Infant CPR, AED, & First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens training
  • Record of a current negative TB test
  • Valid Food Handler’s Permit
  • Pass a National background check
  • Lift up to 50 pounds


  • Early Childhood training (Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio, ECE credits)
  • Positive interpersonal skills: ability to work effectively both individually and as a team member with people from diverse backgrounds of all kinds including children, caregivers/parents, staff, and general public
  • Experience and/or knowledge of early childhood development and education theory
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm when supporting the development of young children
  • Knowledge of effective listening and communications techniques and conflict resolution
  • Ability to maintain professional, ethical, and confidential boundaries with families and staff
  • Dependable, with a good attendance record

Please refer to job #16-042 and job title when applying and send cover letter, resume and references to: jobs@bastyr.edu. EEO. Open until filled.

Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Bastyr University promotes a work environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity.

Bastyr University is an equal opportunity institution. We do not discriminate in matters of employment or participation in programs, services or benefits on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, individuals with disabilities, genetic information, or veteran status. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the university in advance if you require special accommodation due to a disability.

Special Note: All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance during the application process should contact the Human Resources department by phone (425) 602-3087 or fax (425) 602-3058 or email jobs@bastyr.edu.

Job Title: 
Early Childhood Caregiver (#16-042)