Child Garden currently has opportunities available for full and part time assistants in Infant, Toddler and Preschool rooms.

Montessori Assistant – All Levels

CHILD GARDEN MONTESSORI offers unique learning opportunities for children in a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment. With a Montessori curriculum and focus on early childhood education and development, we provide a warm and nurturing environment that allows for the children to explore and where their natural curiosity and love for knowledge guides them in their learning. Our school is located in the historical education building behind the Basilica in the beautiful Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, with opportunities for walks to the park, the Sculpture Garden, the Farmers Market and other areas of the neighborhood.  We have 4 Preschool, 4 Toddler and 3 Infant rooms.  Our hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Role Description

We are currently seeking several full and part-time Assistants at the Infant, Toddler and Preschool levels.  The assistant works with the Lead Guide and other classroom assistants to prepare and maintain a nurturing classroom environment, implementing the Montessori 

approach to education, with the ability to relate well with children and adults. Our staff model patience, grace and kindness to the children and each other.  Typical shifts include: 7:30-4, 9-5:30, and 11-5:30.


Reports to the Classroom Lead Guide

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the work of the Lead Guide
    • Preparing the classroom environment for the children
    • Assist in daily preparation and maintenance of the environment, keeping it clean, supplied and in good repair
    • Supervising and redirecting children while the Lead Guide gives presentations
    • Observe and record important classroom data for the Lead Guide
  • Interactions with Children:
    • Assist in ensuring the health, physical and social/emotional well-being and safety of the children at all times.
    • Interact with children in a quiet, kind, honest and respectful manner.
    • Help to maintain the classroom routine, meeting the needs of each child with respect to their interests, special needs, temperament, talents and individual style/pace of learning.
    • Model calm, patient and positive behavior you expect from the children
  • Interactions with Families:
    • Establish a positive relationship with families
    • Participate in community events as needed
  • Learning Environment
    • Assist in maintaining a safe and prepared environment for the children, ensuring children are supervised at all times
    • Complete opening and closing responsibilities based on the position schedule
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with the classroom team
    • Work closely with other staff to share responsibilities as needed
    • Be flexible to assist in other classrooms as needed
    • Complete incident reports in a timely manner
    • Perform miscellaneous projects and tasks as requested by the Lead Guide or the Director
    • Complete yearly professional development training as required.


  • A high school diploma with minimum one year of experience working with children ages 0-6, preferably in a Montessori setting
  • A passion for Early Childhood Development and working with young children
  • Must be motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Must demonstrate a positive attitude with a commitment to the school community
  • Must be able to work the hours of the position based on the organization’s needs
  • Must complete clearance of a background check
  • Patience, creativity and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of children
  • Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with children, parents and caregivers

Physical Requirements – Candidate must:

  • Be able to perform medium physical work, lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Be able to move easily throughout the classroom, sit on low stools, move to/from the floor with frequency.  Movements include, but are not limited to: pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, jumping, sweeping and stairs.
  • Hear and speak in order to use the telephone and/or communicate with people.
  • Have effective verbal and oral communication in English, including following oral and written instruction.
  • Environment includes indoor rooms and gym, outdoors in all seasons, stairs, & long walks.


  • Medical, Dental, 401K, Paid holidays, paid PTO and inservice training

Please contact Rita Miller, Education Director, if you are interested.  [email protected] / 612-377-1698

Montessori Lead Guide – Toddler Level

CHILD GARDEN MONTESSORI offers unique learning opportunities for children in a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment. With a Montessori curriculum and focus on early childhood education and development, we strive to provide the best foundation for children to build upon for future success. Our school is in the Loring Park neighborhood behind the Basilica building, with opportunities for walks to the park, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Minneapolis Farmers Market and other parts of the neighborhood.

Role Description

This is a full-time on-site role for a Montessori Toddler Guide located in Minneapolis, MN. The Toddler guide will prepare the Montessori classroom environment and present the Montessori materials to children ages 16 months to 3 years.  In addition, they will provide a safe and nurturing environment to ensure every child’s wellbeing and engage with parents or caregivers to keep them abreast of their child’s progress.  The lead Toddler Guide will direct and collaborate with a team of 3 assistants throughout the day.


Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a related field

Minimum of 2 years of experience as a Montessori Toddler Teacher or in a similar role

Thorough understanding of child development principles and a commitment to child-centered approach to teaching

Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with children, parents and caregivers

Patience, creativity and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of toddlers

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Experience with child observation and assessment tools to inform and individualize learning experiences for toddlers

Ability to work Collaboratively as a team

Familiarity with state licensing requirements for early childhood education

If interested, send cover letter and resume to Rita Miller: [email protected]

Montessori Lead Guide – Casa Level

Child Garden Montessori School

Child Garden, a private Montessori school in Minneapolis, is seeking an experienced Lead Guide for one of our Casa classrooms.

Child Garden is a Montessori Preschool and Child Care center located by the Basilica in the beautiful Loring Park neighborhood near downtown. We serve children between the ages of 6 weeks to 6 years, providing a warm and nurturing atmosphere that fosters independence and supports the healthy growth of the child. We have three Nido environments, four Toddler environments, and four Casa environments.

This full-time position requires a warm, friendly personality with exceptional organizational and leadership skills.  The Lead Guide is responsible for maintaining the Montessori environment, challenging each child to reach his or her potential, and guiding their activities academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  All work is performed incorporating the Montessori philosophy and method.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Parent relations:  schedule and complete biannual conferences; establish positive relationships with families; ongoing communication with parents via email, daily logs, bulletin boards, telephone, and monthly newsletters; lead occasional Parent Education workshops
  • Administration and operations: ensure safety and licensing requirements are met; maintain current, accurate academic records on students; document child behavior; complete required recordkeeping such as accident reports, separation reports, classroom inventory
  • Student activities:  lead morning and afternoon work cycles; maintain prepared Montessori environment; plan, supervise and implement curriculum to meet the needs of the individual children; use observation as a diagnostic tool; oversee and perform food preparation 
  • Staff relations and development: serve as a positive and consistent leader for classroom staff and the organization; provide ongoing training to classroom team; supervise assistant job performance; complete performance evaluations as requested by Education Director; attend all staff meetings and in-service days
  • Work in partnership with the Education Director to ensure the organization’s objectives, requirements and standards are achieved

Position Requirements:

  • AMS or AMI Credential 
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college
  • Experience working in a Montessori setting preferred
  • Excellent management and leadership skills 
  • Strong communication, customer service and interpersonal skills, able to interact effectively with parents, staff and students
  • Effective organizational, time management and problem solving skills
  • Experience leading in a diverse and inclusive environment

Please send your resume, cover letter, transcripts and references to Rita Miller:  [email protected]

“The training of the teacher who is to help life is something more than the learning of ideas. It can include the training of character. It is a preparation of the spirit.”  -Maria Montessori

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