Diploma (Maternity Leave Contract)


12 month contract (maternity leave position) 


  • Excellent above award conditions
  • Community based, not for profit service
  • Supportive Management Committee


Banyan Park

Banyan Park is Norfolk Island’s only early childhood education and care service. Originally established as a Preschool in the 1970s, Banyan Park was awarded a BBRF grant in 2017, and in 2020 we opened our brand new, architect designed, building which now caters for 55 children a day aged 0-5. We are well resourced and have a dynamic team of 15 passionate educators who are shaping a high quality learning environment in beautiful natural surrounds. We have a magnificent view of the ocean, bordered by lush green grass and majestic pine trees.

While Banyan Park has been working under the National Quality Framework since 2018, the service has not yet been taken on by a state regulator. Responsibility for education on Norfolk Island has recently transferred to Queensland, and Banyan Park is now on the doorstep of falling under the auspices of this state.


Norfolk Island

Although it is just a tiny rock in the Pacific Ocean, this sub tropical Island has it all. With a rich history and a population of just 1800, Norfolk Islanders are community minded and proud of their incredible heritage and culture. Norfolk has an extremely pristine environment – beautiful beaches, majestic forests and national parks, with breathtaking views at every turn. There are several new restaurants, cafes and businesses which are breathing life into the town centre. At just 5km by 8km, there is limited commute time on Norfolk, meaning additional time for social and leisure activities … and the real possibility of work/life balance!


The Role

We are looking for a Diploma qualified educator to work with our 2-3s group of up to 12 children a day. The group enjoys a beautiful classroom with undercover verandas, an expansive playground, and a storeroom brimming with resources. Three educators work with this age group each day.  


You will be responsible for:

·     maintaining educational programs and developmental records for the children in the 2-3s room,

·     supporting adherence to all elements of the National Quality Framework,

·     providing support and encouragement to the other members of the 0-3s team,

·     delivering high quality outcomes for all children,

·     working with visiting health professionals and on island agencies,


We are looking for someone to commence by the end of June 2022. Support will be offered with finding accommodation and a vehicle. Rentals on Norfolk Island usually come fully furnished, taking away the challenges of relocation.


Essential Criteria: 

  • An ACECQA recognised Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • A current First Aid Certificate, including CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis training
  • Recognised Child Protection training
  • Current National Police Check 
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Sound understanding of and commitment to the National Quality Framework 
  • Commitment to child led, play based pedagogy
  • Experience in delivering inclusive early childhood teaching programs 

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience working within a rural/remote community
  • Experience with early childhood education in Queensland

For further details, please contact: The Director, Emma Cullen, on +6723 22415 or via email: director@banyanparkni.com 

Written applications with a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, resume and details of two referees should be received by the Director by close of business on Friday 22nd April 2022.  

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