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Do you love all things play?  If so, this could be your dream job!

Lakes Early Learning Center is hiring for all positions in our play-based early childhood program located in Polk City.  We are looking for individuals who are passionate about learning through play and spending time outdoors!  Your days will be filled with adventure, creativity, and exploration - and probably a dance party or two sprinkled in!

Experience is preferred.  HOWEVER, it is not required - we have some awesome trainings planned during staff orientation and are willing to provide all necessary training!  What is required is a love for children and a desire to help children develop a strong foundation for a successful future!

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Lakes Early Learning Center provides play-based learning experiences to children during the most formative years of their lives.  Through play-based experiences, children will develop a strong foundation to prepare them for a successful future.

Our curriculum promotes the whole-child approach, fostering all areas of learning and development from social-emotional and cognitive skills to literacy, math, and science understanding.


At Lakes Early Learning Center

  • We are are passionate about learning through play + time spent outdoors

  • We are lifelong learners

  • We are positive + energetic

  • We are consistent in everything we do

  • We are respectful of the children, families, each other, + our space

  • We do our BEST each + every day!



  • Maintain a child-centered, inviting, safe, and clean classroom

  • Organize and provide a play-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood education program

  • Provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem solving

  • Interact with families, maintain open & cooperative communication, and encourage involvement in the program

  • Ensure all children’s basic needs are met while at Lakes Early Learning Center.

  • Participate in on going professional development and attend staff meetings/trainings

  • Collaborate with other staff, assistant director, and director on a regular basis

  • Maintain required trainings and certifications

  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned


  • Full Time Lead Teacher 

  • Full Time Assistant Teacher

        Must be at least 18+ for the above positions

  • Part Time Play Assistant (great for students!)

        Must be at least 16+

       *Hiring for all age groups - Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Pre-K, & School Age*



  • Has a love for children and seeks to grow and develop children

  • Ability to interact & communicate in a professional and positive manner with a diverse range of people.

  • Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children.

  • Ability to provide activities for children that encourage healthy growth and development

  • Maintain a consistent, positive attitude toward situations, children, families, &. co-workers

  • Knowledge of early childhood education programs and child development

  • Knowledge of applicable Licensing standards and health and safety procedures.

  • Completion of Child Care Essentials training -- if not, we will help you complete this training series!

  • Current CPR + First Aid Certification -- if not, we will help you to obtain!

  • Must meet licensing requirements set by the State of Iowa

  • Early Childhood Related Degree preferred for Lead and Assistant Teachers



  • Full Time: $14-$20 per hour    |     Part Time: $10.50-$14 per hour - Wage is dependent on experience, education, & position.


  • Paid Holidays + Vacation Days

  • Paid Personal Days for birthday and employment anniversary

  • Discounted Child Care

  • Snacks and Meals

  • Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement

  • Retirement Savings

  • Professional Development Opportunities

  • Tuition Assistance

  • Lakes ELC Apparel + Swag

  • Fun, seasonal outings/activities

  • Staff Appreciation + Recognition Program

         Benefits offered dependent on full time or part time status

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