Early Childhood Educator

Bellingen Burrow Long Day Care Centre is located on Gumbayniggirr Country and the service has been providing quality early childhood education to the Bellingen community for over 25 years.

The 28 place Centre caters for children aged 2-5 and we are passionate about developing nurturing and respectful relationships with children and families, creating a home like environment for children to thrive and belong. Our indoor/outdoor program and mixed age grouping provides many opportunities for meaningful learning to occur so that children can reach their full potential. We have strong connections within the local community and value children developing a sense of place and connection to the wider world.

Burrows is currently looking for a passionate educator to join our team 4 days per week. We can offer Full Time, Part Time, or Casual working hours.

Essential Criteria -

  • Diploma in Children’s Services, or a Certificate III qualification with a willingness to study a Diploma in Children’s Services.
  • First Aid Certificate, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training.
  • Sound understanding of the EYLF and NQS.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Working with Children Check.
  • Current child protection training CHCTPR001.

Responsibilities of the Role -

  • Build trusting relationships with children and their families
  • Embrace a holistic learning approach
  • Assist in preparation of the learning environment to support the learning program
  • Assessments and documentation of children's learning outcomes

Bellingen Burrows recognises and celebrates individuals efforts and contributions in the work place. Management supports and encourages educators continued professional development, through regular training and industry specific courses.

Must have a positive attitude and be able to share humour, excitement and promote a sense of wonder and inquiry with the children.

We are a child safe service. Prohibited people need not apply.

If you would like to join our team of dedicated educators and work in beautiful Bellingen, please email your resume and cover letter to burrows@bellingenburrows.com.au

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