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4510 Todd Drive, Ames, IA 50014

Looking for a career in Early Childhood Care and Education?

Want a rewarding career?

At Formative Years Growing and Learning Center, we provide high class child-care that builds the foundation for success. 

Want to make a real difference?

Every child deserves to be safe and loved all day, are you the kind and patient teacher we need?

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With Great benefits, generous time off and fantastic coworkers, there's no reason not to!

Available positions

Kitchen Manager

We are seeking a qualified professional to be responsible for all aspects of managing the kitchen: including planning, purchasing, cooking, serving and sanitation for up to 130 children daily from ages six weeks to 12 years old. This position provides the children nutritious and diverse family style meals and snacks and planning snack and lunch menus, budgeting and purchasing necessary supplies and food, keeping accurate records as required by the Department of Human Services. Also responsible for maintaining building cleaning supplies, and overseeing building sanitation standards.


  • Kitchen Management: 1 year
  • 21 years old.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must pass a background check as required by DHS.
  • Has ServSafe certification.
  • Knowledge of childhood nutrition best practices.
  • Trained or willing to be trained in food allergens.
  • Must possess strong time management and organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Consistently be able to stoop, squat, climb, lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Be able to speak and be understood under normal circumstances.
  • Ability to work within Microsoft Office program  

Our generous benefit package includes paid vacation, personal days, paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, childcare discounts, and lunch is provided everyday.

Salary is based on qualifications and experience.

Flexible hours between 7 am - 3 pm
Job Type: Full-time, non-exempt

Teacher's Aid

Formative Years is looking for caring, nurturing and fun Assistant Teachers.  All hours are available Monday through Friday. Must have Tuesday and Thursday afternoon availability.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervising children in the classroom and on the playground 
  • Interacting with children in the classroom
  • Assisting teachers during naptime
  • Greeting parents
  • Communicating with staff members
  • Sanitizing toys
  • Other duties as directed by lead teachers

Experience working with young children in a child care setting is preferred. Wage is based on qualifications and experience.

Job type: Part-time

Fill out an application today

  • Complete an application
  • Email application materials, including a resume and proof of any relevant certificates you hold to formativeyearsglc@gmail.com or send to 4510 Todd Dr. Ames, IA 50014

Employment application 2018 (pdf)