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 is a Ninka-Gai Hoikuen, we aim to provide 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 communication with children is Bi-lingual (English and Japanese) in our Partial Immersion Program. Daily activities are divided into morning and afternoon sessions, and the language of communication is balanced between native level English and Japanese speaking Classroom Staff to support the efficient acquisition of both languages. Each classroom with children over the age of 1 has one classroom staff dedicated to speak English and at least one Japanese speaking classroom staff. Classroom staff only interact with the children in one language and additional support staff are assigned to the classroom depending on needs of the classroom and staff to child ratio requirements.


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, all classroom staff will need to implement the daily schedule as planned, communicate with parents in English, conduct developmental assessments, create childcare plans, and provide childcare that values each and every child's individual needs. Most of the day is spent interacting with children and non-contact time (time without supervisory responsibility of children) is limited. Classroom staff are expected to ensure that care is provided in compliance with CDC policies and procedures and reports should be completed and submitted in an accurate and timely manner.

Daily Task Include:

  • Create Safe and Nurturing environment (cleaning, decoration, organization)
  • Supervising and interaction during indoor free play and outdoor play
  • Adult-directed Activity (storytelling, finger play, singing, dancing, games, art and crafts, sensory play)
  • Lesson Planning (create and review activity plans)


  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 

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)
  • Access to Child Development Center
  • Access to Schooling Options
  • Language Educateion
  • Recource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)

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

* Japanese nationals are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese
* 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 



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