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International School Teacher, Pre-Kinder, Kindergarten, After School Teacher

Little gems International School Kyoto
Job ID
京都市, Kyoto, Japan
Post date
Mar 2, 2023
Education / Teaching
Child Education, Pre-school Teacher
Work Type
Full Time / Experienced (Non-Manager)
¥260,000 / Month


  • English: Native level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Visa sponsorship available


We are an international kindergarten located in the heart of Kyoto. Our students study social studies, science, math, and other topics in English. We are not a language school, but a kindergarten similar to what you would find in your home country. Our goal is to create a fun and comfortable atmosphere for kids to learn. We strive to help our students grow into bright, open-minded and kind children. We are a small school, with a big heart!
Our students range from 1.5 years to 6 years old. This age group is very rewarding to teach, but can be demanding as well. As such, we are looking for energetic teachers who are reasonably fit. We often take our students to play at the local park, and have weekly teacher-lead P.E. classes (Kinder Gems only). At Little Gems International School, we work hard to create a fun, collaborative environment for our teachers. As a teacher, we encourage you to help in shaping our curriculum, and welcome new ideas to make our school a better learning environment for our students.
Our education philosophy is to foster children’s independence by allowing them to try working and learning on their own and with their peers.

Some of the daily responsibilities include:
• Creating a fun and lively environment for children
• Helping to plan, organize, and lead classes
• Supporting staff members, including preparing materials, caring for students during recess time, assist with minor administrative duties, cleanup class materials etc.
• Eating lunch with students

 Teaching experience is preferred, but not required. We believe that a good attitude, willingness to learn and a bit of determination will go a long way.
We currently offer four different classes at our school. Our Kinder Gems class is divided into three groups (Kinder A, Kinder B and Kinder C) with students ranging from 3 to 6 years old. These students learn a variety of subjects from social studies, science, and math to art, English, and P.E. Teachers will need to have basic knowledge in each of these subjects.
Our Pre-Gems, Pre-Kinder class includes students from 1.5 years old to 3 years old. The children are quite young, and therefore require a lot of energy from their educators. Each month we focus on a different theme, which involves lots of singing and dancing, as well as daily academic lessons. In order to provide a prepared environment for our students, teachers are asked to submit their monthly themes at least a month in advance. We view our Pre-Gems class as a fun-filled introduction to English and a useful path toward becoming future Kinder Gems students.
In addition to our kindergarten program, we provide after-school lessons for children ranging from 6 to 12 years old. Classes are designed based on the individual student’s level and goals. We also offer Spring Break, long Summer course and Winter Break programs.

Little Gems International School Kyoto is looking for teachers who:

• Love working with children
• Creatively approach teaching
• Are flexible and work well as part of an international team
• Preferably has some Japanese conversational ability, however it’s not required
• Are able to commit to 1-2 years of work, including 4 weeks of Summer Program and 1 week of Spring and Winter program.

• Bachelor degree or higher
• Previous experience working at a pre-school, after-school program or with young children
• Child care license is preferred, but not required
• Working visa preferred, but not required

Our job openings for the 2023-2024 school year are as follows:

• Full time teacher (Kindergarten teacher and After school teacher)
Working hours are approximately 45 hours per week Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm. (Kinder A or B lead teacher (9a.m.~2:30p.m.), After School teacher (3~6p.m.).

*In addition to the usual scheduled hours, We require that all teachers work 4 weeks of our Summer Break program and 1 week of our Spring and Winter Break programs.

 Our 2023-2024 school year, 3rd semester will begin January 10th. New teachers are required to attend two weeks of on the job training in January and February.

Tentative Training Schedule:
• 8:45-14:30 Pre-Gems/Kinder Gems Class Observations
• 15:00-18:00 After-school Lesson observations (3x1 hour classes)
*During the training period, teachers may be asked to lead class lessons, to assist in class management and preparation, as well as other necessary duties. Teachers will receive half-time pay with transportation costs paid up to 750 yen per day.

Benefits and compensation:
• Competitive starting salary
• Yearly pay increase (in accordance with the school and teacher performance)
• Weekends off
• National holidays off, as well as Obon week, 2-3 weeks Winter vacation and 1-2 weeks Spring vacation (all vacation days are unpaid).
• Transportation fee (up to 15,000 yen a month)
• Visa sponsorship available if necessary
• Contract Status : Freelance

Our school is located in the center of Kyoto city. We are near Daimaru Department store and the famous Nishiki Marketplace. We are a short walk from both Karasumaoike station (Karasuma line) and Shijo station (Hankyu line).

Last modified on March 17, 2023

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