Early Childhood Teacher/Director/Nominated Supervisor

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR/NOMINATED SUPERVISOR

 An amazing opportunity has become available for you at our beautiful early education and care service.

Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten (QPK) is a 40 place community-based service. The preschool has been operating for over 50 years and is an exceptional service catering for 3-5 year old children. We have an Exceeding Rating in all of the National Quality Standards for early education and care.

Quirindi is in the heart of the scenic Liverpool Plains. Ideally situated only 50 minutes from the major regional centres of Tamworth, Gunnedah and Scone. Newcastle is an easy 3 hour drive south via the Hunter Expressway.

Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten has an inclusive, play based learning environment, advocating for the foundations of creating healthy, happy children that thrive and enjoy the natural desire, persistence and confidence needed for learning. Children spend most of their day learning in a beautiful bush preschool setting, connecting with each other and nature.

As a Teaching Director, the beauty of this position is you are hands-on with the children, families and work within a passionate educational team with a unique curriculum, focusing on the development of child led, nature and play based learning skills. You will be supported by our volunteer management committee and local community who strongly support the meaningful profession of early childhood. Your leadership position will be supported by our experienced and professional team of educators and administration staff who work collaboratively to share the vision of QPK.

The position package includes:

      •     Full-time position (38 hours per week) to commence in Term 1, 2022

      •     Above award wages Educational Services (Teachers) Award - Preschools

      •     Operating NSW School’s Term calendar, inclusive of 11-12 weeks school holidays

   •        Balance of Teaching/Administration days (negotiable)

We are excited to hear what you can bring to this amazing position. We will be supportive of the ideal candidate to work as an educational leader to join our team and take on this rewarding and professional opportunity.

How to apply

 

Essential Criteria

  • Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood Teaching or equivalent
  • Demonstrated capability to lead the collaborative design, implementation and evaluation of learning programs.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to develop relationships,  and engage children, staff, parents and community.
  • Lead and maintain daily operations of the preschool.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Extensive knowledge of Childcare Regulation/Legislation, plus Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standards (NQS).
  • Mandatory training requirements (as detailed in the information package).

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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!

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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. 

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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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