About Us :
The Little School Preschool Inc is a small 16 place stand alone community based preschool. We operate on the NSW school terms, we are registered with the Incorporated Associations of Australia, we are registered as a charity with the Australian charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC).
We hold a Deductible Gift recipient Status with the Australian Taxation Office under the School Building Fund rules.
The Little School was founded by a local woman Mariam Temple in 1979 and currently resides in the old Heritage Listed West Dapto, Public School Building, 1882.
Position Summary :
Service educators are responsible for providing the highest quality of education and care for children enrolled at the little school preschool, consistent with our philosophy and curriculum, and according to the requirements of the National Quality Framework. As the Childhood Educator this position is to plan and implement a quality education programme (NQS QA1), promote the health and safety of all staff and children (NQS QA2), build positive relationships with all stakeholders (NQS QA4,5,6), contribute to the effective management of the service (NQS QA7).
As an educator, you are expected to be an active team member of a team which provides high quality early childhood education and care to children. This includes but is not limited to:
- Developing strong relationships with children at the service;
- Developing strong relationships that support and partner with families and the community;
- Implementing the policies and associated procedures of the organisation at all times; and
- Working with other staff towards continuous improvement in all areas of the service’s operations.
Key Internal and External Stakeholders
Students: Form relationships with children which are comforting and nurturing. Protect children and their rights.
Parents: Develop and maintain positive relationships with families. Share information with families relating to their child and the daily activities of the Service
Help create a safe, supportive and informative environment for families.
Staff: Work together with other staff to provide a safe, supportive, stimulating and educational environment
Key Requirements :
- Experience in an approved education and care service.
- Knowledge and understanding of the National Quality Standards
- Understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework/ Framework for School Age Care.
- Understanding and knowledge of child and brain development theory
- Demonstrated experience in curriculum, supporting curriculum development and documenting children’s learning and development.
- Knowledge and understanding of the Early Childhood Australia Code of ethics to apply these to personal practices and goals.
- Proven ability to work as part of a team
- A willingness to be appointed as a Nominated Supervisor
- A willingness to be appointed as a Responsible Person
- Able to work in Australia
- Ability to relate effectively with children and their families.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Communication and inter-personal skills.
- Commitment to ongoing professional learning.
- Commitment to developing and creative inclusive environments.
- Understanding of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
- Understanding of the Education and Care Services Regulations 2011
- Experience in planning and programming for individual children and groups using emergent curriculum
- Thorough knowledge of child development
- Good written and oral English communication skills
Job Responsibility :
- Act in a manner that promotes the best interests of the child.
- In conjunction with Room Leader and other educators, implement a high-quality education and care curriculum for all enrolled children that is consistent with:
- The service philosophy, procedures and policies
- Education and Care Services National Regulations
- Education and Care Services National Law
- The National Quality Standards
- Early Years Learning Framework/Framework for School Age Care.
- Early Childhood Australia Code of ethics
- Respond to children’s strengths, interests and needs and implement a planning cycle for individual children and the whole group of children within the room.
- Ensure professional documentation is undertaken for all children and is reflective of requirements within the National Quality Framework under the guidance of the Educational Leader
- Engage children in meaningful learning opportunities, always mindful of promoting the children’s agency or choice
- Support the planning and development of an inclusive environment to support every child’s learning
- Ensure professional communication with families at all times
- Acknowledge and support personal strengths, professional experience and team diversity
- To work in accordance with the requirements of the Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Bill 2010, Education and Care Services
- National Regulations and the National Quality Standard for Early Education and Care;
- Working in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Early Childhood Australia
- Implementing the services’ philosophy in undertaking all other duties;
- Engage In ongoing daily critical reflections and discussions regarding service policies, practices and quality improvement planning and implementation.
- Working in accordance with the policies and associated procedures of the organisation; and
- Provide ongoing support and assistance to other staff in all areas of service operation.
- To provide high quality care and education to the children at the centre
- Ensure Compliance with Child Protection Legislation and Policies
- Advocate for children and families
- Be aware of government regulations, guidelines pertaining to children’s services and be competent and prepared to assist the Nominated Supervisor
- Assist with administrative duties as directed:
- Have a commitment to Quality Improvement and Accreditation System, the centre philosophy of education and The Early Years Learning Framework.
- Have a working knowledge of Scientific Brain Research and the implications for education and care
- Have an actively anti bias approach which is reflected in interactions with children, families and staff
- Keep up to date to current developments in the Early Childhood field
- Maintain the ability to use information technology
Other duties as requested by the Nominated Supervisor or Responsible Person including but not limited to:
- Being an active participant in staff appraisal and professional development activities
- Improving workplace safety and fostering a culture whereby workplace Health and Safety and Rehabilitation performances minimise the risks associated with the care delivery process
- Accidents are to be kept to a minimum through appropriate WH&S procedures
- Programming procedures/practices are in line with current Early Childhood research/practices/regulations
- The Preschool aims to maintain High Quality status in the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System
- Licensing standards, as set by the NSW Department of Human Services, are maintained
- Preschool policies and workplace practices are adhered to
- Feedback from clients is of a positive nature
- Feedback from families, children, staff and the wider community issued in critical reflection and guides the quality improvement practice of the preschool
Job Functions :
Job Benefits :
Collaborative staff, flexible work, lots of career opportunities!
Selling Point :
Collaborative staff, flexible work, lots of career opportunities!