Childcare Educator - Ocean Grove

About Your New Role

As our new educator, it is your role to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with children, families, colleagues, and the centre community. You will be intrinsically motivated to support and guide children’s learning, while developing your own career and knowledge within the childcare sector. As an educator, you will be supported by your Centre Leadership Team in your new role, as you learn the fundamental skills of being an inspired educator within the Journey community.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Bringing the Journey Values of connection, communication and consideration to life and reflect this in everyday practice.
  • Ability to adhere to Journey’s child safe policy and code of conduct
  • Assisting with observations of individuals and groups of children
  • Assisting in the evaluation of children in terms of individual strengths, weaknesses, interests and preferences, which is then used to design activities to be included in the programme.
  • Assisting with the program design, implemented, and evaluated in consultation with others to foster all aspect of children’s development in a holistic way.
  • Working as an effective team member and within the defined position description.
  • Seek and accept support from your Lead Educators, Educational Leader and Centre Manager
     

Role Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to providing a safe, caring, non-judgemental and supportive environment for all children and their families
  • A demonstrated ability to adhere to and understand the ECA code of Ethics and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Demonstrated understanding of appropriate behaviours while engaging with children
  • Current Valid Working with Children Check
  • ACECQA approved Diploma or Certificate III in Children’s Services or, working towards
  • First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Certificates
  • Full working rights in Australia
     

Benefits

  • Journey Academy - Access to over 60 training & short courses accredited by the Early Childhood Association of Australia.
  • Ongoing Professional Development - Exclusive access to our internal professional development platform, external training and short courses.
  • Networking Opportunities – Collaborate with, and build relationships across the journey community through centre visits, events and networking opportunities.
  • High Quality Resources & Environments - Our environments spark creation, inspiration and pure joy in educators, families and visitors.
  • Financial Benefits - Gain access to generous childcare discounts, referral programmes up to $250 and more!
     

About Ocean Grove

Journey Early Learning Ocean Grove is one of the newest addition to the Journey family. Catering for up to 116 children from six weeks to six years, Ocean Grove is perfectly situated in walking distance to the surf beach and Kingston Village.

Our building has been architecturally designed with children in mind, boasting an indoor & outdoor flow with incredible gardens and play-spaces that wrap around the entire centre.

Our Centre Manager, Donna has been in the sector for over 10 years and values the Reggio Emilia approach as well as Tikanga Maori, where each and every child is respected and included, regardless of their background.
 

About Journey Early Learning

At Journey Early Learning, we aim to create an environment that is safe, secure and homely, where everyone feels welcome. Our future is one filled with endless possibilities and growth opportunities, and together, we’ve developed an educational approach that is inspiring, stimulating and encouraging.

When it comes to early learning, our educators have a vital role to play. Journey educators are passionate, considerate, educated, inspirational and welcoming. Our educators understand that learning is a journey and enjoy developing deeper connections with children, families, and the wider community.

Every journey must begin somewhere, and yours begins right here. Apply today!

Journey Early Learning…where it all begins.

Journey Early Learning promotes the safety, wellbeing, and inclusion of all children, including those with a disability, from a culturally or linguistically diverse background. We are committed to the safety, participation, and empowerment of all children. 

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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