Early Childhood Education and Care Support Worker

ABORIGINAL, FEMALE IDENTIFIED ROLE. We need an Early Childhood Education and Care Support worker to share the childcare workload at our weekly gathering for young mums from the local community. The role is one day per week, and the appointee musr be available to work on Wednesdays.

Up to about 12 young mums, mostly Aboriginal, attend Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation's Centre in the Mt Druitt area of Western Sydney for about 4 hours during the school day on Wednesdays during term-time. They bring with them up to about 15 preschool children, including babies. While the babies usually stay with Mum throughout the session, the other children are cared for by Baabayn’s Early Childhood Education and Care Assistant plus two other childcare workers. Now that word is getting around about the program and more mums are coming, we need another qualified in-house Early Childhood and Education and Care worker to ensure that we will always have the right ratios of carers to children.

If you are the successful applicant, your main duty as Baabayn’s Early Childhood Education and Care Support Worker will be to assist with supervising and caring for the children in a culturally appropriate manner during the weekly group sessions and occasional excursions to enable the mothers to participate fully in the adult program. This would include the following specific tasks:

  • Assisting, as requested, with the selection, design, preparation and/or delivery of age-appropriate and engaging activities to:
    • occupy the children during group time;
    • support their intellectual and emotional development;
    • contribute to their cultural education, including the development of pride in their identity and culture.
  • Building respectful relationships with all the children, nurturing their confidence and self-esteem;
  • Gauging and responding to the children’s needs and reasonable requests;
  • Ensuring that healthy snacks and water are always available to the children;
  • Helping to keep the children safe at all times, monitoring indoor and outdoor environments to ensure safe and healthy conditions for the children;
  • Helping supervise the children during excursions and at occasional extra meetings of the group;
  • Attending appropriately to each child’s individual health needs and providing first aid as required;
  • Watching for and appropriately responding to any signs that a child is facing difficulties or complex issues outside Baabayn, in accordance with Baabayn’s Child Protection and Child Safety Policies;
  • Helping to set the children’s space up before group starts and to clean and tidy it after group ends.
  • If appropriately qualified, providing dedicated support to children with disabilities / special needs.

Your pay, conditions and length of employment with us

If you are the successful applicant, we shall pay you at Level Three of the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award scale. The Pay Point will depend on your qualifications and experience. Other conditions and benefits will be in accordance with the National Employment Standards and that award. Salary packaging can be negotiated with our financial manager, preferably before your first payday with Baabayn.

The position is available from 15 March 2021. It is funded by a short-term, one-off grant from Caritas Australia. The contract will therefore be until the end of Term 2 2021, that is, 25 June.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The minimum qualifications and core competencies we will require you to demonstrate in your written application and/or at interview:

  1. Successful completion of TAFE Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care;
  2. Experience of working with preschool Aboriginal children in an Early Childhood Education and Care role;
  3. Friendly, approachable, sensitive personality;
  4. Resourcefulness in keeping small children appropriately engaged;
  5. Excellent skills for communicating appropriately with small children;
  6. Basic knowledge of food hygiene and nutrition for young children;
  7. Ability to maintain appropriate records;
  8. A valid, current, unendorsed NSW drivers license;
  9. Ability to work as a member of a team;
  10. Understanding of the importance of boundaries and the ability to maintain them in a loosely structured work environment;
  11. Understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of work health and safety, cultural safety, and child protection.

A more advanced or more specialised qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care, e.g. a qualification in working with small children with disabilities / special needs, may be an advantage.

A current, valid NSW Working With Children Check clearance & current, valid NSW driving license will be conditions of employment. Any offer of employment will also be subject to: (1) the provision to Baabayn of evidence of the appointee’s educational qualifications; (2) evidence that the appointee holds a current, valid “Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting” statement of attainment before her first day of employment; and (3) a satisfactory National Police Check certificate.

Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation considers that being a woman is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under Section 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

HOW TO APPLY

We recommend that you email Lilli (lilli@baabayn.org.au) to request a full position description before submitting your application.

Complete applications will include the following:

•  A covering letter explaining your interest in the position

  • A separate statement that explains why you think that you are the right person for this job. In writing this statement, please remember that we are going to go by the selection criteria listed above in making this appointment. We won’t be short-listing people who have not made the effort to show us that they have the qualifications and experience that we require.
  • Your CV (resumé), preferably including the names and contact details of two referees.

It is OK to provide these 3 documents either in a single computer file, or in 2 or 3 separate computer files.

We reserve the right not to consider incomplete applications.

Please upload your application materials as instructed by the job board, or email them to lilli@baabayn.org.au. Please feel free to email Lilli if you have questions about the position or the application and selection processes.

Review of applications will commence during the week beginning 8 March 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Baabayn reserves the right to re-advertise the position or not to make an appointment.

We recommend that you email Baabayn to request a full position description before submitting your application.

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