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Matthew Flinders Anglican College - Buderim, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training
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JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Description

Early Childhood Educator

Position Title: Early Childhood Educator

Location: Flinders Early Learning Centre

Last updated: September 2017

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ABOUT US

The Flinders Early Learning Centre opened in 2007 and has reputation for excellence in Early Childhood Education.

The Centre consists of a 48 week licensed long day Early Learning Centre, delivering Kindergarten and Pre-

Kindergarten educational programs. Learning and programs at the Centre are inspired by the Reggio Emilia

philosophy of viewing children as capable, creative thinkers and learners. Staff are committed to creating a special

place for children, one where children will learn about the world using reasoning, imagining and exploring. Flinders

Early Learning Centre children discover the joys of learning through observing, listening, experimenting and sharing.

At Flinders Early Learning Centre our early childhood team make “visible” the learning and thinking experiences the
young children are engaged in. Our image of the child is one of richness and capability, full of keen curiosity and

actively seeking answers to many questions about their world.

In line with our philosophy and our strong image of children, we share a strong belief that children are intelligent,

creative and capable of deep thought. Our image of child influences our thinking, planning, interactions and the

learning experiences we provide and inspires us to listen deeply to children’s ideas, theories, concepts as we inquire
alongside children.

Through inquiry children will engage in authentic ‘work’ that reflects and questions their understanding of the world
around them. As they think deeply and immerse themselves in inquiry, they ask questions of themselves and others

that provoke further investigation and exploration through collaboration.

The inquiry process promotes children’s intellectual wellbeing and positive habits of mind as children engage in
meaningful purposeful play that inspires, creates, is insightful, and helps them deepen their knowledge and

understanding of the world in which they live.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES

The Early Childhood Educator provides care and early learning experiences that meet the needs and interest of

children in a safe, supervised environment. They support and implement the programs developed by the Teacher/

Director to encourage children to develop a love of learning, guiding them into the more formal processes of learning

in a secure, nurturing and stimulating environment. The Early Childhood Educator creates an environment specifically

designed to encourage children to develop their physical, emotional, intellectual, social, cultural and spiritual

potential.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
There are no staff reporting directly to the Early Childhood Educator.

ROLE OF THE POSITION The Early Childhood Educator supports the Teacher. Together they are responsible for their assigned group of

children.

  • The Early Childhood Educator is responsible to the Director of Flinders Early Learning Centre and reports to the
Teacher.
  • The Early Childhood Educator cares for, nurtures, and educates children in their group with guidance from the
Teacher and Director of Flinders Early Learning Centre.
  • The Early Childhood Educator cares for and enhances the early learning and play environments.

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KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
1. Experience working as an Early Learning Educator in centre-based care for children aged 3 – 6 years, including

knowledge and skills in programming/planning, observation cycles, and implementing and reflecting upon the

early learning EYLF/ KQLG program.

2. Minimum two year trained Certificate III in Children’s Services/ Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
and a demonstrated understanding of the National Quality Framework. ACEQA qualifications are essential.
Please check your qualifications against the approved ACEQA list on their website.

http://www.acecqa.gov.au/educators-and-providers1/qualifications
3. Demonstrates an understanding of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, inquiry learning, and educational

documentation with demonstrated evidence of this in your day-to-day practice.

4. Shares a genuine love of teaching young children and displays a deep understanding of their developmental

needs, growth and children’s rights.
5. Possess a rich image of child and deep listening skills.

6. Understands the assessment and rating processes including a working knowledge of the national Quality

Standards, National and Queensland regulations.

7. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in planning and implementing an early years program supporting

social/emotional skills, creativity, early literacy, numeracy and thinking skills based on inquiry, children's interests

and ideas.

8. View the development of the whole child in all areas of learning.

9. A love of music, the arts, and the environment. An ability to play an instrument is an advantage.

10. Highly effective written and oral communications skills with the ability to build Early Childhood learning

communities.

11. Proven ability to effectively use technology in learning, preferably within an Apple environment.

12. Demonstrated ability to approach tasks in a proactive manner, using initiative and flexibility.

13. Current First-aid Certificate and Suitability Card (Blue Card).

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Positively promote the Flinders Early Learning Centre (FELC) both internally and externally
  • Works as a team member displaying patience, enthusiasm, and a sense of humour, maintaining confidentially

at all times.

  • Active and lifelong learner taking personal responsibility to engage in all compulsory and professional

development opportunities

Programming

  • Assist in the programming, planning, implementation, reflection, and evaluation of the daily, weekly, and
monthly EYLF/QKLG programs in consultation with Teacher and Director.
  • Assist in planning, monitoring, and preparing the inside and outside environment, setting up interest areas
and preparing and clearing away materials and supplies.
  • Utilise any individual skills and/or interests relevant to the early learning program, in consultation with other
staff.
  • Interact responsively with the children during indoor and outdoor experiences.
  • Support the morning and afternoon program and afternoon transitions for the mixed age group.
  • Assist with organising activities, other support staff and record keeping.
  • Prepare daily room set-up and create classroom displays, posters, props etc.
  • Prepare classroom materials, wash, clean and clear away materials.
  • Ensure the level of resources in the classroom is adequate and report to the teacher when further supplies

are needed.

  • Share relevant information about the children and their development with the appropriate staff.
  • Assists in the ordered arrangement, appearance, décor, and learning environment of the room, outdoor
environments, and share in maintenance duties.

Children

  • Take responsibility for the children when the Teacher is not present.
  • Ensure that children feel content and secure on parent’s departure and settle into the experiences or

routines of the centre.

  • Encourage children to develop a sense of independence and responsibility at a level appropriate to their
ability and maturity.
  • Treat each child with dignity and respect taking into account any cultural or socio-economic or other
differences.

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  • In consultation with the Director, Group Leader, and Teacher, help prepare portfolios, learning stories and
observations, and implement the agreed supportive behaviour management strategies and techniques with

consistency. Consult with the Director, Group Leader, or Teacher before discussing any

developmental/behavioural issues with parents.

  • Model appropriate behaviour and language, using active listening with individual children; speak in a friendly,
courteous manner encouraging children to extend their vocabulary, communication, and use of language.
  • Take note of special interests, talents, strengths, and disabilities that affect the daily routine of individual
children and incorporate these interests into the program and learning cycle.
  • Follow the routine of the room and ensures the needs of all children are met in an appropriate way.
  • Understand the daily medication requirements and administers medication under the strictest of guidelines.

Parents

  • Develop good rapport with parents, ensuring they are always made to feel welcome and active contributors
to the program.
  • Consult with the Teacher and/or the Director before discussing with a parent any issues related to child
development or behaviour. Respects the confidentiality of all information and maintain high levels of

discretion at all times, both on and off duty. Never discuss anything about a child to another parent.

  • Maintain regular communication with parents acknowledging their arrival, departure through informal

greetings etc.

  • Encourage the effective use of the Daily Journal, Blog, and Communication Books. This will accommodate

parents that are unable to communicate directly with the Teacher/Group Leader.

Compliance

  • Manage risk appropriately and complete risk assessments when required.
  • Participate in, and comply with, all relevant workplace health and safety legislation,
  • Participate in the National Quality Framework process.

Given the dynamic environment in which the College operates, the Principal reserves the right to alter roles and

responsibilities of this position to most effectively suit the leadership and management requirements at any

point in time.

AKNOWLEDGEMENT

I have read, understand and agree to undertake the responsibilities and requirements as detailed in this position

description.

Name: ______________________________________________________________

Signature: ______________________________________________________________

Date: ____/_____/__________

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