CDC Classroom Staff

Tedako Child Development Center (CDC)

The CDC opened on OIST campus in 2013 with the goal of developing an educational environment for the children of all OIST staff and students. The CDC provides high-quality childcare and early childhood education for children aged 0-6 years old in a bilingual (English and Japanese) environment.

Our Bi-Lingual Environment

Currently, the CDC holds about 160 children aged 0-6 years old who come from countries all over the world. To support the diverse needs of the children being raised in Japan, our language instruction at the CDC is a Bi-lingual (English and Japanese) Partial Immersion program. Daily activities are divided into morning and afternoon sessions, and the language used for teaching and learning is switched between Japanese and English to support the efficient acquisition of both languages. Each classroom with children over the age of 1 has one lead English teacher and one lead Japanese teacher. Lead teachers only interact with the children in one language and additional aide teachers are assigned to the classroom depending on classroom ratios.


1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


Classroom staff members structure the childcare environment to support the development of happy, healthy, compassionate, and socially confident children who are prepared to successfully face challenges beyond the security of the CDC through a variety of experiences and inter-active activities. In addition, they will communicate with parents, conduct developmental assessments, create childcare plans, and provide childcare that values each and every child's individual needs.

Main Activities include:

  • Circle time
  • Free play, outdoor play
  • Sensory play, arts and craft
  •  Meal, toilet support, diaper changing, sanitation, and naptime


  1. Experience or qualification in early childhood education/care (e.g., nursery teacher, kindergarten teacher, or nurse)
  2. Native level English with high level communication skills
  3. Appropriate behavior management skills

Report to 

Child Development Center Director

Starting Date 

As soon as possible

Term & Working Hours 

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed. 

Mon-Fri, 7.5 or 9 hour/day work shift between 7:30 - 18:30 *CDC operation hours (8:00-18:00)
(Total working hours per month = 7.5 hours/day × prescribed working days of the month)

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)


How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
*This is a secure file uploading system for handling confidential materials.

If you have any questions, please contact us at recruiting[at]
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Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Curriculum vitae in English (and Japanese if available)
  • Copy of education related certifications if available

* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.

* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

Application Due Date 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.


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