Special Educator (Early Childhood)

Job Summary:  Dynamic Early Childhood Teacher / Special Educator with experience in disability to provide training and support to preschools to promote inclusive practices.

About Lifestart

Lifestart has a proud history spanning over 24 years, providing quality specialised allied health therapies and support to children and young people (0-24 years) living with disability or developmental delay and their families/carers. We are passionate about and committed to our vision, that all children and young people are able to participate inclusively and meaningfully in their community.

About the Role

Lifestart’s Sector Capacity Building (Disability and Inclusion program) Team has a vacancy for a dynamic Early Childhood Educator. The Sector and Capacity Building program is funded by the Department of Education and provides inclusion support and training to nominated preschools, with the following objectives:

  • increase their capacity to include children with disability and additional needs on the same basis as their peers
  • enable equitable education outcomes for children with disability and additional needs consistent with the five outcome areas of the Early Years Learning Framework (Identity, Connectedness, Wellbeing, Confident and Involved Learners, Communication)
  • understand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it relates to the delivery of supports for children through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach within an educational setting.

Strong interpersonal skills are required, as you will work with preschool staff to build on their existing skills, knowledge and abilities through coaching and collaboration. These efforts will increase each preschool’s capacity for including children with disability and/or developmental delay according to ECIA’s best practice standards, the EYLF, and NQF.

This is a contracted position to December 2021, preferably full-time however part-time hours will be considered.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience:

  • University degree in Early Childhood Education / Teaching
  • Qualifications and/or experience in disability or special education
  • Demonstrated experience working in the early childhood sector
  • Demonstrated experience working with children with disabilities or developmental delay and their families/carers
  • Demonstrated ability in providing professional support
  • Ability to deliver services and programs that are in alignment with organisational and government policy directions
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly in response to stakeholders needs and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work sensitively and empathically with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and complex needs
  • High level written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid Working with Children Check Clearance
  • Successful pre-employment police check
  • Hold a current drivers licence and access to a vehicle, to perform the role

Our Benefits and Culture

Be rewarded by supporting children of all abilities to lead inclusive lives within their community. You will enjoy a culture of collaboration and inclusion where our people are motivated, challenged and recognised for their contribution.

Our benefits include, but not limited to:

  • Well-developed leadership structure with ongoing development, mentoring and peer support
  • Varied role working in a collaborative and supportive team environment
  • Salary packaging (up to $18,500 tax free) and novated leasing options
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Travel allowance

Applying

To apply, please include a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and an updated CV.

For further information regarding working with us or to view the position statement please visit www.lifestart.org.au or contact our Recruitment Team on (02) 9364 0131.

Applications Close: Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Lifestart welcomes applications from culturally and linguistically diverse candidates, suitably qualified people who may have a disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

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