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Kindergarten Teacher - Keele Street Children's Centre

City of Yarra
  • Job no: 495142
  • Work type: Temporary Full-Time for 12 months
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Commencing Term one 2022
  • $69,323.08 - $109,914.41 + Super (Salary level dependant on qualification, teacher level and years of service)

Yarra City Council currently has an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and passionate degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher to join our Children’s Services team on a temporary full time basis. The successful applicant will commence their journey with Yarra at our Keele Street Children’s Centre campus in Collingwood.

Recently rated EXCEEDING the National Quality Standards, Keele Street Children’s Centre is a uniquely small integrated Long Day Care and Kindergarten service with a strong focus on family engagement and community connections.

To learn more about us you can watch our video below.

The Role

The successful applicant will become an integral member of our integrated Kindergarten team, working Monday – Friday during term to provide the highest standard of education and care to the youngest citizens in our diverse community.

Nature pedagogy is high on our agenda for 2022, so we’re looking for a Teacher who is passionate about teaching outdoors and potentially has some Bush Kinder experience.

With our EEEA conditions, you will have ample non-contact time each week to plan and prepare your high quality curriculum and program and you will have the benefit of working directly with our experienced Educational Leader, who will guide and support your curriculum.

Educators from all of our services share their knowledge and innovation with each other and other units across the City of Yarra. By joining a service managed by Yarra City Council, you will be given a unique opportunity to also align your educational programs, projects and practices with council endorsed strategies and plans to ensure the entire community is given the opportunity to meet its potential. Our centres are well equipped and our teams provide a positive work environment with collaborative leadership.

We value the growth and success of every educator and commit to providing all of our team members with the opportunity to join special project groups and engage in professional development. We provide backfill for educators to be able to participate in reflective practice discussions with colleagues from other services.

Being successfully appointed to this role as a temporary full time Early Childhood Teacher in Yarra means that you will be able to enjoy the generous employment conditions of the EEEA 2020 and Yarra City Council Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 including;

  • EEEA pay rates aligned with years of experience and validation level,
  • 12.5 hours non-contact time each week,
  • exceptional professional development and career opportunities

To be Successful in the Role

To be successfully appointed to this role you will be an experienced, degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher who would describe themselves as a team player. You will be confident in managing KIS, ESK and second year funding applications and have a good understanding of SRF. 

Because of our strong focus on building community connections, the successful applicant will understand the importance of developing good relationships with key community stakeholders including families, local groups and organisations, as well as local schools. You will have experience working with a diverse team of early childhood professionals and have an effective and respectful communication style.

Our EXCEEDING educational programs use children’s emerging interests and ideas alongside educator initiated learning as a springboard for our intentional teaching opportunities.

At Keele Street Children’s Centre we pride ourselves on our focus on Indigenous Perspectives education woven throughout our curriculum. We use progressive routines throughout the day and implement an indoor/outdoor program to respond to the needs of individual children.

As an experienced teacher you will have an understanding through a contemporary early childhood lens as to why these practices are so important. You will have a strong understanding of the approved early learning frameworks with demonstrated ability to embed the learning outcomes within your practices.  

Yarra is a child safe organisation and as such you will understand the important role that educators play in protecting and advocating for children’s wellbeing.


  • Bachelor of Education (Early Years), (or equivalent),
  • Up to date First Aid, CPR, EpiPen and asthma management qualifications,
  • Valid Early Childhood Teacher VIT Registration and ability to renew,
  • Team focussed approach,
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate responsive routines and programs guided by the approved learning frameworks,
  • Current mandatory reporting training, and
  • You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.


  • At least 3 years’ experience working as a degree qualified teacher in a funded Kindergarten Program,
  • An understanding of the importance of Indigenous perspectives education,
  • Bush Kinder (or other nature pedagogy) experience,
  • Experience with Xplor or other online learning platform, and
  • Ability to demonstrate a competent level of English, both written and spoken.

About City of Yarra

The City of Yarra is an inner metropolitan municipality which is home to a diverse community of approximately 100,000 people across 12 different inner Melbourne suburbs.

We aim to achieve the greatest outcomes for the community through delivering our Council Plan and working with, and for, all in Yarra.

Our values guide our conduct and working relationships with colleagues and the community.

  • Accountability: We own what we do and expect others to as well.
  • Respect: We include all. Diversity is our strength.
  • Courage: We are intentional in our actions. We seek the brave path.

At Yarra, we offer a diverse range of career opportunities and encourage professional development through many leadership development and training programs.

Yarra operates five children’s centres located throughout the municipality. The centres provide long day care programs for children aged from 6 weeks of age until they commence primary school. Our long day care programs operate for 10.5 hours per day Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year.

Each children’s centre provides a safe and inclusive environment, where we work together with children, families and the community to meet their needs.

  • Consistent, qualified educators that engage in ongoing professional development.
  • Indoor and outdoor learning environments that provide children with opportunities to explore, experiment, create, take risks and play.
  • Opportunities to support children to be strong and confident learners.
  • A focus on health and wellbeing in our programming and menu options.

All programs meet the National Quality Standards for Education and Care services and are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework. We celebrate the diversity of Yarra and all families and children of all abilities are welcome in our centres. Our programs are inclusive and are based on the needs and interests of children and their families.

If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we would love to hear from you.

To find out more about our Long Day Care Centres, Occasional Care programs, Outside School Hours Care and Kindergartens visit us on https://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/services/family-and-children

For further information, please see the position description below or contact Rachel DaviesCoordinator of Gold and Keele Children's Centres, at Rachel.Davies@yarracity.vic.gov.au using the subject line: Kindergarten Teacher - Keele Street Children's Centre enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Please note – Applications cannot be submitted via email and must be lodged through the portal. Please click "Apply Now" below to access the portal.

Position Description: Download File 702751 - Kindergarten Teacher - Position Description.pdf

Please note: In your application please note that the selection panel will assess your CV against the technical skills, ability and qualifications of the Position Description as well as your separate responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

*This position is subject to satisfactory Police CheckWorking With Children Check, proof of COVID-19 double vaccination and a Pre Employment Medical Assessment prior to commencement. Pre-employment checks are not used by Yarra City Council to prevent any applicant from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Yarra City Council is committed to being a child safe organisation and supports flexible and accessible working arrangements for all. This includes people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer. We draw pride and strength from our diversity, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.

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