Diploma Educator

An exciting opportunity exists for the right person to join us at Valla Community Preschool on beautiful Gumbaynggirr Country. 

We are looking for a Diploma qualified educator to join our team at the beginning of 2022. 

A bit about Us

  • We have a passion for connecting children (and ourselves) with family, community, culture and place.
  • We view children as active participants and decision makers.
  • We offer a play-based program where children are supported to participate and engage meaningfully in ways that connect them with country and community in order to promote a desire to explore, investigate and discover.
  • Our curriculum caters for all areas of development and is designed around the Early Years Learning Framework and our preschool vision and philosophy.
  • Proudly, our preschool has achieved a rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ in all 7 Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard and has a long and proud history of operating as a not-for-profit community-based preschool.
  • Valla Community Preschool is currently open 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and we operate the same as NSW School terms. The preschool enrols children aged 3-5yrs.
  • We offer great employment conditions including paid school holidays.

A bit about You

  • ACECQA approved qualification - Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • A current NSW Working with Children Check.
  • Current Child Protection training
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Full vaccination (both doses) will be mandatory for all employees within early childhood services in NSW from 8 November, and a COVID19 Vaccination Certificate must be provided
  • Well presented, great attitude and adaptable
  • Reliable transport to the preschool
  • Previous experience in an Educator role is desirable
  • Available to work 4 days teaching and 1 day for non-teaching duties

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you! 

Please forward your resume so that we can learn more about you. 

Please also include a cover letter introducing yourself and telling us why you would like to work with us. 

Applications to be sent to director@vallapreschool.com.au by no later than FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2021

NB: Prohibited persons may not apply.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Gumbaynggirr people and their language and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community.

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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