Early Childhood Program Lead – Early Years Place
Have you experienced the difference of working in a community-based not for-profit Organisation? The Gowrie (QLD) is a leader in Early Childhood Education and Care, sponsoring a diverse range of early childhood education and care, community Services.
The Caboolture Early Years Place (EYP) is an integrated universal service accessible for children (birth – 8 years), their families and expecting parents residing in Caboolture and surrounding areas (geographic catchment of the EYP). To maximise access and engagement, the EYP offers a range of service delivery models including onsite programs, targeted home visiting and outreach at Satellite sites and community locations across the region.
We are currently seeking an Early Childhood Program Lead to join our multi-disciplinary team working full time, 38 hours per week. This role will be part of the Senior Leadership team at the Early Years Place and work collaboratively with the Early Years Place Manager.
The purpose of the Early Childhood Program Lead is to provide the EYP staff team with support on a day to day basis in relation to the liaison and program delivery across these sites. They will lead the implementation and coordination of programs across sites maximising resources and promoting best outcomes for families and connecting with external stakeholders to support their emergent needs in the ECEC and School based sector.
Working closely with the Early Years Place team and provide support to ECEC across various locations:
- Promote development, learning and wellbeing during the critical early years with particular emphasis on strengthening child development knowledge, building resilience and protective factors and reducing risk factors.
- Planning, implementing and evaluating high quality programs and interventions to promote early childhood development and optimal learning experiences for children.
- Contribute to the development of procedures, referral pathways and developing relationships with stakeholders with a view to building a comprehensive and integrated local service system.
- Work collaboratively with the staff team and ensure delivery, engagement in programs and work with clients aligns with policy and frameworks.
- Oversee and support the development of culturally inclusive programs and support for children and families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and culturally linguistic diverse backgrounds.
- Engaging and building genuine partnerships with external stakeholders i.e. Schools, ECEC Services
- Promote and supporting the development of child friendly communities.
The ideal candidate will hold:
- Possession of a tertiary qualification in Early Childhood/Child and Family Studies. Diploma level qualification may be considered.
- At least 5 years professional experience working with young children and their families in the ECEC or community sector.
Well-developed knowledge and understanding of child development, learning, behaviour and disabilities, and how they may impact on children’s development.
- Well-developed understanding of National Quality Framework and relevant Early Childhood Curriculum Frameworks – EYLF, QKLG and Foundations for Success.
- Experience providing high quality early childhood education and care services for young children, including those with additional needs.
- Well-developed knowledge of contemporary societal issues impacting on families, including child protection issues and practice issues for early childhood education and care staff in managing issues for children, including those with additional needs.
- Demonstrated commitment to strengths-based child-centered approaches to working with children, families and early childhood education and care staff.
- Effective communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills, with children and adults.
- Capacity to work in partnership with children, families and early childhood education and care staff of diverse backgrounds, and to provide culturally relevant and responsive services.
- Capacity to work as a member of a dynamic and flexible multi-disciplinary team, including colleagues from different professional backgrounds.
- Current Working with Children Check (Blue Card) and Senior First Aid Certificate
If you feel this is the position for you please submit your Resume and Cover Letter to the Human Resource Department at HR@ladygowrie.com.au or contact (07) 3252 2667 for further information.
We thank all candidates for their applications, however only those successful will be contacted for an interview.
Benefits of working at The Gowrie include: attractive salary, a family-friendly work environment; and access to a range of professional development opportunities.