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Early Language & Literacy Trainer - Flexible Location

Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation

About ALNF

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is a national charity dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia for vulnerable Australians.

About EL&L

“In over 25 years of teaching I have found [Early Language and Literacy] one of the most practical and beneficial experiences both for student and teacher learning.”

- Classroom Teacher, Mid-North Coast NSW

ALNF’s flagship Early Language and Literacy (EL&L) program draws on best practice from speech and language pathology and education. It provides knowledge and practical strategies to support the development of foundational language and literacy skills to early childhood and early primary educators, allied professionals, parents and community members in remote, regional and urban communities.

EL&L training and mentoring builds capacity around the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Early Language and Literacy, with a strong focus on integrated practice to ensure that the EL&L strategies sit alongside and support existing programming and curriculum in response to children’s growth needs. This approach includes:

  • Training and mentoring in strategies to support children’s growth in pre-writing, pre-reading, pre-phonics, oral language and vocabulary development
  • A range of bespoke EL&L resources
  • Parent/carer workshops
  • Formative assessments of children’s oral language and literacy development and support with reflective practice based on actual evidence of children’s growth needs.

Our goal is to create communities of practice for those who work for children, with common skills, knowledge, resources and expert support to interrupt intergenerational educational disadvantage in vulnerable communities.

About this role

To meet growing demand, ALNF has an exciting opportunity for an individual will strong knowledge and experience in early primary education (see responsibilities and selection criteria below).

ALNF will provide on-the-job training and mentoring to support your qualification as an EL&L Trainer. ALNF will also provide access to training in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment if required. We are looking for a long-term engagement and ask for a minimum commitment to the role for 2-3 years to allow for the establishment of strong community relationships.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from other diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. ALNF is an equal opportunity employer.

ALNF’s office is in Sydney, however ALNF will consider candidates who live elsewhere and would work from home when not travelling for work. This position involves extensive travel to remote, regional and urban program sites around Australia, 20-24 weeks per year (5-6 weeks per school term).

In this role, you will make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable Australians.

For further information on ALNF please visit: www.alnf.org and www.youtube.com/TheALNF including the EL&L video.


Facilitate whole-of-community strategies to achieve oral language and early literacy growth for children across a number of vulnerable communities across Australia. Responsibilities include:

  • Train educators, teaching assistants, parents and community members in EL&L strategies
  • Mentor and support adult participants in the integration of EL&L across school, prior-to-school and community environments
  • Conduct outreach to parents and community members to facilitate children’s oral language and early literacy skills
  • Conduct and facilitate EL&L’s language and literacy formative assessment interviews with children, collate results and draft literacy plans and other recommendations to facilitate children’s growth
  • Liaise with participating sites and key stakeholders
  • Draft documents as required
  • Provide accurate and timely updates for internal and external reporting purposes
  • Other work as required.



  • Either:
    • Qualified primary teacher with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in primary schools and/or
    • Working knowledge of the Australian Curriculum and school sector (primary)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or commitment to complete this qualification
  • Ability to deliver quality training, mentoring and workshops
  • Ability to work sensitively and effectively with children and families of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals and stakeholders, considering various perspectives
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Strong organisation and time management skills
  • Ability and willingness to undertake extensive travel, 20-24 weeks per year
  • Meet requirements for Working with Children and Vulnerable Persons
  • Meet requirements for access to schools and other learning sites including full Covid-19 vaccination (or AIR medical exemption)
  • Current driver’s license


  • Experience working with vulnerable and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Experience and skills in adult education and training
  • Tertiary qualification in early childhood education, speech and language pathology, allied health or related fields.

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To submit your application, click Apply Now.

Please direct enquiries to Philippa Pryor, ALNF Programs Manager via email: Philippa.Pryor@alnf.org using the subject line: Early Language & Literacy Trainer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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