- Children’s Services
Communities@Work is Canberra's largest not-for-profit community organisation, working with our community to build a resilient, sustainable, and socially inclusive community. With over 40 years' experience in the ACT and Capital Region, we provide a wide range of high-quality early education and care services and community services that supports positive educational outcomes, assists in alleviating hardship, enhances quality of life and leads to positive social change.
About the Team
Communities@Work is Canberra's largest Early Education and Care provider, operating numerous Child Care and Education Centres across Canberra, providing long day care services. Our child care and education centres are dedicated to providing a safe, family-friendly environment that fosters children's wellbeing and inspires a love of learning.
Communities@Work also won ACT Large employer for the year 2020, for the second year in a row, at the ACT Training Awards, for excellence in training and education. Apply now to work and train within our Award-winning Organisation.
About the Role
Ensure the provision of a quality service that is responsive to the needs of children and families using the service. The team leader will consistently demonstrate a high standard of practice, team work and excellent communication skills. Strong leadership qualities are required to effectively supervise and guide team members, trainees and professional support staff. Proven understanding of the National Quality Framework and actively support children's contribution to a play based learning environment that encourages and respects children's interests, strengths and abilities.
- Ensure team members and yourself work in accordance with the requirements of the Children
- Develop, implement and evaluate play based education curriculum based on contemporary early childhood theory and best practice that provides engaging learning and development of each child
- Lead the creation and maintenance of a friendly, secure and stimulating interactive learning environment to foster development of children's learning and achieve learning outcomes
- Lead engagement with children and model a high standard of practice at all times
- Actively ensure hygienic handling of food and equipment and food safety procedures are followed at all times
- Be responsible and provide direction for food preparation, cleaning, or general maintenance
- Lead effective and positive communication both verbally and written, in order to build relationships with colleagues and families and produce high quality documentation supporting children's learning
- Respond appropriately and in a timely manner to the needs of families and encourage their involvement in the program,
- Direct and supervise team members up to Diploma level, including trainees
- Ensure you are, and support team members to be, flexible and responsive with centre requirements, room allocations, shift times and the organisation's service needs
- Respect the rights and dignity of children at all times
- Commitment to ongoing professional development for all team members and maintain self-directed professional development
- Lead and support team members to actively contribute to Story Park and other documentation as required and ensure team members are contributing appropriately and in a timely manner
- Ensure Communities@Work documentation guidelines and expectations are adhered to.
Skills and Experience
- Passion for working with children
- Dedicated and motivated
- Excellent communication skills (both spoken and written)
- Excellent work ethic and professionalism
- Dip0loma of Children's Services or equivalent Australian recognised qualification
- Excellent understanding of current Early Childhood theory, curriculum planning and Early Years Learning Framework
- 'Working with Vulnerable People' registration, or willingness and ability to obtain.
- Be a part of our social impact, working for a community organisation that makes a real difference in the lives of people in our community
- Inclusive and friendly workplace
- Salary packaging options available if eligible
- Employee child care discounts
- Healthy lifestyle programs and healthy activity reimbursement
- Professional development with our training organisation, including access to study leave
- Uniform provided
- Be part of a team that values excellence, continuous improvement and innovation
How to Apply
Click APPLY or contact the People, Culture & Wellness Team on 6293 6545 for a confidential discussion.
Communities@Work encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, mature-aged workers, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for its roles.
Closing date for applications: 08/05/2021