Vacancy Details

Diploma Early Childhood Educators

  • Salary Range Band 4 $69,949 $74,670 plus 11% super  
  • Permanent full-time
  • Located across our children’s services sites in St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne

About City of Port Phillip 

We are a vibrant and diverse inner-city council stretching 20kms from South to Port Melbourne along the stunning bay beaches down to Elwood and out to St Kilda East with around 1000 people who all work together to deliver more than 100 programs and services to our engaged community of residents, businesses and visitors. What does that mean? Think, childcare, libraries, parks, recreation, waste rubbish collection, road maintenance, family and youth services, property & assets, city planning & development, customer experience, digital technology, governance, people, culture and safety, and of course South Melbourne Market!  

Port Phillip is a city where childhood is honoured. All children are cherished and supported as active citizens with a voice of their own, secure in their identity and culture; where they can play, learn and contribute to their environments, surrounded by nurturing adults and supportive communities. City of Port Phillip has zero tolerance for child abuse and is a committed Child Safe organisation. 

What are the roles all about 

With an increased waitlist and the need to open new rooms for children under three we are on the search for educators to join us on this exciting journey for 2024! 

Your enthusiasm, passion and commitment to providing high quality education and care will enhance the embedding of continuous improvement to achieve positive outcomes for children families, community and staff.

We create space for non-contact time away from the children so you can contribute to thoughtful and purposeful programs. 

We have a passionate and driven team who all work together to deliver outcomes that positively benefit our community.  

What you might do

  • Provide a safe space for children to play, learn and grow     
  • Build and maintain meaningful relationships with children, families, colleagues, and the centre community 
  • Contribute to developing and rolling out innovative early learning programs
  • Document children’s learning and development 

Who we are looking for 

  • People with positivity and a genuine passion for helping to positively shape the lives of young children
  • Experience working in early childhood
  • Ability to work with all age groups
  • Diploma in Children’s Services or Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (or working towards)

Our work environment  

We love what we do and are all proud to work at the City of Port Phillip. Yes, we are local council, and we are one with vibrancy, passion and ambition who are welcoming, health conscious, diverse and inclusive. Our main location at the iconic St Kilda Town Hall offers a heritage and modern open plan hub to work from where people can collaborate and develop both professionally and personally whilst planning and delivering a range of important services and programs to the community.  

Childrens services sites are located in St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne with a supportive team and great spaces for everyone.

Proudly as one we all work and grow together, thinking creatively and strategically with courage, integrity, and accountability to put our community first.  

What’s in it for you 

  • A Pedagogy Team Leader who supports teams to ensure the effective delivery of high-quality children’s programs 
  • Rotating rosters for all employees and an opportunity for a monthly RDOs 
  • Great networking and career development possibilities; career pathways within Children’s Services include Kindergarten Teacher, Room Leader, Assistant Coordinator and Centre Coordinator.  
  • Be supported and empowered to be your best by a passionate leadership team that encourages teamwork and innovation
  • Study assistance allowance of up to $4000 per year and 6 hours per week study leave 
  • An active social club, supportive health and wellbeing program, and a well- regarded Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and ability to salary sacrifice new technology, superannuation and vehicles  
  • Our very own Pride Network, that helps create an environment where each and every person can feel safe, welcomed, seen, and supported to bring their whole selves to work   
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave and our pioneering 24 weeks paid leave for single parents 
  • Plus, access to discounted public transport through our Commuters Club 

Prior to a formal letter of offer, preferred applicants will be asked to provide:                          

  • Evidence of qualifications 
  • Evidence of current first aid certificate, current CPR certificate and working with children’s check  
  • Sufficient proof of right to work in Australia, and proof of identity.  
  • Evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination or valid medical exemption in line with City of Port Phillip Vaccination Policy  
  • Complete a National Police Check completed via City of Port Phillip’s Provider. 
  • And be required to undertake a pre-employment medical check (at the cost of the council)

So, what’s next?  

Hit that APPLY button now! 

Whether you think you meet all the requirements or not, we strongly encourage you to apply, as we take a holistic approach to considering your skills, life experience, work experience, and alignment to our key selection criteria. You got this! 

Please submit:

  • Resume – latest and detailed version  
  • Cover letter expressing why you are interested in the role and response to the Key Selection Criteria (KSC) found on the Positions Description (PD) no longer than 2 pages.  

Note: Only applications submitted via the online Recruitment Portal will be considered. 

For further information please contact Sarah Macmillan, Children’s Services Operations Team Leader via email or via phone 0412 901 015.

Applications close 11.59pm Tuesday 21 May 2024

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued. We actively welcome and encourage candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Nation and Torres Strait Islander candidates, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and candidates with a disability. 

If you have accessibility requirements or require an adjustment to participate in our recruitment and selection process, please contact Shane Turner (Recruitment Advisor) on phone 0421 757 521 or email: 

South Melbourne > Port Melbourne > Albert Park > Middle Park > St Kilda > Balaclava > Ripponlea > Elwood