Centre Coordinator (Director)

ABOUT US

Cobar is a rural mining community located in western New South Wales, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city living. Council owns and operates the Cobar Shire & TAFE Library, Great Cobar Heritage Centre, Lilliane Brady Village (aged care facility), Children's Services, Youth & Fitness Centre as well as works depots in Euabalong and Cobar.

Our core values - Accountability, Communication, Effective Leadership, Integrity and Teamwork (ACE IT) represent who we are as an organisation. They are the agreed guiding principles for how we carry out our duties and interact with our community.

Kubby House Childcare Centre is a 31-place service and is the only long day care provider in town. Council has recently been awarded funding to build a brand new Early Learning Centre (ELC) to meet the growing needs of our community, which has been architecturally designed specifically to exceed best practice industry standards. Our new centre is expected to be 'open for business' in January 2023, with the capacity to accommodate up to 88 children.

ABOUT YOU

Are you looking for a change? Have you considered a tree change in rural New South Wales?

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and confident leader to develop and coordinate the delivery of outstanding education and care for the children of the Kubby House Childcare Centre, transferring staff and children across to our new ELC when it opens. Your previous experience managing a long day care centre combined with your in-depth knowledge of the national quality framework and ability to build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders will see you succeed in this role.

Our ideal candidate will be ECT qualified and passionate about early childhood education, with a positive and professional, lead by example attitude towards managing people.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Reporting to the Business Operations Manager for children's services, this role is responsible for the operational management and overall performance of the long day care centre, ensuring the service operates efficiently, cost effectively and in accordance with the required standards, legislation and regulations.

The Centre Coordinator will foster a high-performance team culture whilst providing the support, coaching and quality mentoring for educators to deliver innovative educational programs in an inclusive environment for our children and their families.

Recognising the future growth of the service, this position has been classified to include a salary range of $86,000 - $100,000 (dependent on skills, experience and qualifications) plus superannuation and relocation assistance. Employment terms and conditions will be in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award, working a 9-day fortnight, 35 hours a week.

Applicants must address the selection criteria in the position description and provide a covering letter and current resume.

To apply, please visit www.cobar.nsw.gov.au.

In accordance with the NSW Public Health Order, Council staff working in child care services are required to be double vaccinated and therefore proof of vaccination is required on application.

Shortlisted candidates must undergo a national police check and a pre employment medical, including drug and alcohol screening.

Cobar Shire Council welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 

Amplify! Blog

By Stephanie Seidler 3 Dec, 2021

From bubbles to bears and cats to coffee — the endless value of emergent curriculum

Stephanie Seidler is an experienced early educator and published author who is passionate about promoting meaningful educational experiences for children. Based in New York, she is an advocate of using emergent curriculum as part of a responsive intentional teaching process, and loves to share tools, tips and ideas on her Facebook page. 

Stephanie recently published a book called Bubble Babies, celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and connection building for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Bubbles have been a favourite interest for so many of the children she’s educated over the years. 

In this article she shares the benefits of emergent curriculum, tips on planning and scaffolding ideas using bubbles as the example, and how a very ‘NYC’ interest in coffee amongst children who’d never tasted it led to an investigation that went on for half a year!

By CELA 29 Nov, 2021

Discussing disability and inclusion — how toys can build empathy and open-mindedness

Once upon a time disability was a taboo topic. Today, awareness of disability is on the rise through events such as International Day of People with Disability (3 December) and the growing acknowledgement of disability in the community.

Many early educators are embracing the opportunity to open the discussion around disability and inclusion with children. We speak with Leanne Fretten of all-abilities childcare centre Mikarie about their child-first approach, ask author of 'What happened to you?' James Catchpole about avoiding the 'inspiration trope', and share how toys and resources such as dolls and books can promote empathy and open-mindedness. 

By CELA 29 Nov, 2021

Increased turnover and a need for targeted funding - new workforce report reveals challenges and solutions

A new report has been released examining ECEC workforce pressures which have been exacerbated by the pandemic, their impact on ECEC services, and possible ways forward for the sector. 

Written by CELA (Community Early Learning Australia), ELAA (Early Learning Association Australia) and CCC (Community Child Care Association), the report is based on findings from almost 750 respondents representing over 3,300 early education and care services across a wide range of service types. The report will be used to advocate for our workforce at both Federal and State levels of Government.

The report reveals that staff turnover has increased in 50% of services surveyed since the start of the pandemic, while nearly half of job vacancies in ECEC services remain unfilled. Services reported that poor pay and conditions contributed to a lack of applicants, while a lack of quality graduates contributed to jobs remaining vacant. 

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