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Position Description – Early Childhood Educator (Diploma)

Position Description – Early Childhood Educator (Diploma)

Department: Childcare

Award Classification: NHACE Collective Agreement CS Level 4

Hours Per Week: As per Employment Contract

Position Objectives:
To be responsible (in conjunction with) the Childcare Manager, Educational Leader and other Early Childhood Educators to deliver a quality Education and Care Program
Be responsible for the operation of the service in the absence of Nominated Supervisors

Key Result Areas:
All key responsibilities are based on the National Law and Regulations, the Principles, Practices and Outcomes detailed in Approved Learning Frameworks (EYLF, VEYLDF and FSAC), and the NQF Quality Areas, Standards and Elements. All educators are expected to have a working knowledge of these documents, which should underpin their pedagogy and, together with the centre philosophy, directly reflect their relationships with children, families and co-educators.

Key Result Area

1. Co-ordination and Monitoring
Assist in the Co-ordination of the development and provision of quality children’s services programs

  • Ensure a safe environment is maintained for both staff and children
  • Work closely with Childcare Manager, Educational Leader, Diploma Educators and other Certificate III Educators to ensure smooth running of service
  • Be responsible for the operation of the service in the absence of Nominated Supervisors
  • Assist with planning/setting up/packing up a stimulating physical environment
  • Interact with parents on a daily basis
  • Interact with/stimulate children
  • Assist in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate programs for individual children or groups of children
  • Take group and individual observations and ensure that documentation is recorded accurately and professionally Fulfil administrative requirements
  • Be responsible (in conjunction with Childcare Manager and other Diploma Educators)for the direction, mentoring and general supervision of other employees up to CSE Level 3, and the supervision of students on placement
  • Develop, evaluate and implement smooth running and enjoyable routines appropriate for the children
  • Ensure a safe childcare environment is maintained at all times
  • Ensure premises are maintained in clean and hygienic conditions in accordance with the regulations and quality areas
  • Communicate with Childcare Manager and other Early Childhood Educators with regards to information concerning children (either from observations or from communications with families), phone messages and any other information with regards to the running of the service

2. Client Support: Provide advice, support and guidance to parents and guardians

  • Providing information and advice regarding programmes and services
  • Monitoring the progress of children
  • Communicate with and involve parents with the children’s program
  • Establish and maintain friendly, open communication with children and parents

3. Forward Planning & Program Development

  •  Identify and respond to trends and developments in Childcare
  • Liaise openly and regularly with the Childcare Manager regarding enrolments bookings and regulatory / management issues
  • Refer to Manager with regards to enquiries/queries from prospective or current families
  • Attend staff meetings once a term
  • Keep up with new ideas and PD (must have current Level 2 First Aid)

4. Compliance: Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation regulations and organisational policies (including current, amended and new Pines Learning policies)

  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • PL Mission / Vision Statement
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004- (Vic) supported by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (Vic)
  • Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act 2010
  • Privacy Act 1988
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Disability Education Standards 2005
  • Victorian Human Rights Charter
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • Education and Care Services National Law Act
  • National Quality Standards
  • Approved Learning Frameworks ( EYLF, VEYLDF and FSAC)

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Requirements:

The major responsibility for implementing an effective health and safety management system and maintaining the health and safety of the work environment lies with management and supervisory positions.
Nevertheless, employees have OH&S responsibilities and their involvement in the management of health and safety is vital. All staff are responsible for the following safe work procedures and instructions:

  • Cooperate with Pines Learning in relation to activities undertaken by Pines Learning to comply with OHS standards
  • Comply with the OHS guidelines
  • Adopt work practices that support OHS initiatives
  • Take reasonable care for their own health and safety and the health and safety of other people who may be affected by their conduct in the workplace
  • Seek guidance for all new or modified work procedures
  • Ensure that any hazardous conditions, near misses and injuries are reported immediately to the OHS Officer and the Childcare Manager
  • Participate in meetings, training and other occupational health and safety activities
  • Not wilfully place at risk the health or safety of any person in the work place
  • Assist identification of OHS issues in the workplace and ensure reported to OHS officer or management

Key Behavioural Requirements:

To be willing to work as a positive member of our team, have good communication skills and have a similar philosophy with regards to the care and education of children.
The employee will undertake the role in a manner that demonstrates commitment to
the positive teamwork of Pines Learning, to the principles of working together and to Pines Learning’s Vision, Mission and Core Values.

Pines Learning Values:

Integrity: Honesty, open and transparent, takes responsibility for actions, maintains confidentiality, fairness, builds trust

Compassion: Empathy, sensitivity, concern for others, interacts with dignity, tolerance and respect

Respect: Fosters relationships, courteous, listens and receives relevant and constructive feedback, values difference & individual worth

Excellence: Supports creativity & innovation, proactive & solution focused, seeks out opportunities, embraces quality improvement, professionalism and teamwork

Pines Learning is a child safe environment. Our Centre actively promotes the safety and wellbeing of all children, and all staff are committed to protecting children from abuse or harm in the environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards.

Organisational Relationships:

Reports To: Childcare Manager

Supervises: Early Childhood Educators (Certificate III Level)/Students on Placement

Internal Liaisons: All staff and Board of Management members

External Liaisons: General Public, Parents, and Children.

Accountability: Accountable for the efficient and effective development and promotion of quality childcare.
Accountable for meeting the targets and outcomes defined in the position Key Result Areas and the relevant targets identified in the strategic plan.

Extent of Authority:

Selection Criteria:

Mandatory:

  • Diploma of Children’s Services/Tertiary Qualifications in Early childhood
  • Level 2 First Aid, current CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training
  • An understanding and appreciation of the needs of young children The ability to accept direction, a team orientated person
  • Knowledge of compliance and regulatory bodies relevant to childcare
  • Appropriate previous experience in an Education and Care Service
  • Ability to work in a flexible, changing environment
  • Knowledge and awareness of current child care regulations/law, quality standards and approved learning frameworks
  • An understanding of the needs of young children and an ability to relate appropriately to young children and their parents, including people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • An ability to accept direction and to provide direction
  • A capacity to work within and to contribute to a team of staff
  • An awareness of health and safety factors
  • An understanding of positive guidance strategies and the ability to respond to children’s needs in a democratic environment
  • Relevant administrative experience
  • Working with Children Check
  • Hold a current National Police Check or willing to undertake one

Desirable: Relevant experience would be an advantage (but not essential)