Child Care Assistant

About us

At Penrith City Council, we’re passionate about people; in our community and in our workplace. We want you to be able to be your best self and we get that work is just one part of your life, so we’re here to support you in the moments that matter. As the winner of the 2020 Local Government Excellence in People and Culture Award and a finalist in the 2020 Australian HR Awards, you can be confident in joining a workplace that offers truly outstanding benefits, including:

  • A range of flexible work arrangements
  • 18 weeks paid maternity leave
  • Health and wellbeing leave
  • 15 days personal leave
  • Significant financial and leave support for undertaking further education 
  • Diverse salary packaging
  • And much, much more!

Abut the Department

Penrith City Council is the largest local government child care service provider in New South Wales, with more than 40 child care facilities annually catering for 4,000 children.

Committed to providing Children's Services programs for the benefit of families and children across Penrith. We offer a variety of child care services including Long Day Care, Vacation and Out of School Hours Care, Preschools and a Mobile Playvan and are at the leading edge of implementing curriculum for the intellectual, social and physical development of the children within our care.

About the role

We have exciting permanent full time, part time, temporary full time, part time and casual opportunities for Child Care Assistants to join one of our not for profit Child Care Services that either exceed or meet national quality education standards.

Roles available may include, Long Day Care, Pre-School and Before and After School Care.

In these roles you will be able to support our dedicated educational leaders in coordinating activities and programs to create a stimulating learning environment for our developing children. Your exceptional communication and team work skills will enable you to efficiently interact with the children, parents and staff.

Your previous centre based experience would put you in good stead to implement the curriculum for children ranging from 0 to 12 years.

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and work well in a diverse team environment.

To be successful in this role, you must be 18 years or over and have completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent. 

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to pursue your passion and make your mark in Penrith. 

The criteria to be addressed in the application form is below:

Essential Criteria

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 
  • Current First Aid Certificate including Asthma and Anaphylaxis Certificate
  • Valid NSW Working with Children Check

Commencing salary: $53,733.00 to $62,199.00 per annum, plus 10% Superannuation

This position has been identified as a Child-Related position under Child Protection laws in NSW. To be eligible to apply, you are required to provide Council with a valid Working with Children Check Number.

This position requires the worker to be double vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a medical contraindication certificate.

You will be required to undertake background checks, including a Qualification Check, Working with Children Check, Medical Declaration and a Functional Test as relevant to the position for which you have applied.

Visit to view the position description, find out more information about employment with Penrith City Council and submit your application.

In addition to a cover letter and resume, applicants are required to submit comprehensive responses to the selection criteria (listed above) as a part of their initial application. Applicants who do not meet the essential criteria will not be considered.

Completed applications must be received by 11.55pm on the closing date. Please allow 4 weeks from the closing date for the processing of your application.

For further information about the position, please contact Natasha Edwards, Human Resources Business Partner, on 4732 7777.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this position. 


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