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Early Years Director / Educational Leader - Torquay Early Learning Centre

YMCA Victoria

At the Y our vision is simple – Amplify Your Voice. Shape Our Community. Challenge Our World

YMCA Torquay Early Learning Centre is a 104 place Long Day Care service. We work closely with the local community to ensure that we are providing the highest possible care to all children within our service. Our service is located in a rapidly growing area in North Torquay. We have a large outdoor space that allows children of all ages the opportunity to explore the natural environment of Torquay that they have grown to love. We also have beach and bush Kindergarten programs that are very popular.

Our vibrant Early Learning Centre incorporates modern and progressive teaching practices which embeds the Early Learning Years Framework. Working in alignment with YMCA Victoria's philosophy, our ELC setting prides itself in teaching a calm and structured learning environment where children are exposed to high quality education.

We offer children a purpose-built early learning centre to instil a love of learning, nurture curiosity and help children reach their full potential, providing everything needed to play, learn and thrive throughout the day.

About the role

As a motivated and customer focussed Educational Leader you will lead a highly engaged and dedicated team. You will be well-versed in the exceptional delivery of the National Quality Framework. Your role will involve:

  • To inspire, motivate, affirm and extend practices and pedagogy of Educators
  • To work in consultation with Team Leaders and Educators regarding all aspects of program planning
  • To promote a positive organisational culture and build a professional learning community
  • To lead the development of the curriculum and ensure the establishment of clear goals and expectations for teaching and learning
  • To lead and contribute to reflective discussions about practice and implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework
  • To plan and develop short and long term goals to strengthen the operations of the Centre

Your primary position will be as an Educational Leader as well as supporting the Centre Manager to ensure the ongoing success of the business. As an Educational Leader, you will be provided with ongoing professional development training specifically designed for Educational Leaders. You will be well supported by a specialised team dedicated to providing the highest quality ECEC within the community.

About You:

You will be a passionate Early Years Director / Educational Leader committed to delivering a superior service for children, their parents and educators through strong Educational Leadership. You will:

  • Have minimum 5 years' experience in the ECEC sector
  • Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the National Quality Framework, Victorian Early Years Framework and the Education and Care National Regulations and Act
  • Prioritise Stakeholder Engagement: Possess the ability to positively network and build effective working relationships with all stakeholders
  • Be well-versed with learning and development theories and curriculum approaches and the ability to inform and imbed into practice
  • Focus on Team Development: Showcase strong leadership abilities while supporting the local team of Educators with an emphasis on collaboration, communication, empowerment and engagement.
  • Contribute to Business Development: Ability to plan, develop and meet short and long-term goals to strengthen the operations of the Centre and drive strategic planning (desirable)
  • Promote and accept personal accountability to better influence
  • Provide continuous feedback and clarity of messages within the team
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and well developed emotional intelligence
  • Have the ability to motivate and inspire the team to achieve set goals and outcomes
  • Possess excellent organisational and time management skills, including the ability to delegate, prioritise and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Perform in a way that inspires and motivates the team to do their best

At the Y, we are committed to empowering all Children and Young People to feel safe and be safe. As such, we ensure that all of our candidates are appropriately screened (including police check, working with children check and reference checks) to make sure that the right people are in the right roles. To learn more about our screening processes, click here to view our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy: https://ymca.org.au/about-us/safeguarding-children-young-people/safeguardingresources/ 

Qualifications and Licences

  • Qualifications in Early Childhood/Children’s services
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Anaphylaxis and Asthma certification

Benefits

At the YMCA, we value our people. Working for us means you’ll enjoy great work/life balance and a range of benefits which improve your wellbeing and help you develop as an individual, such as:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Opportunities for career development and growth
  • Free access to gyms, recreation, and aquatics centres across the state
  • Free access to the Virtual Y – online health and wellness

How to Apply

Working for the YMCA is a rewarding and challenging experience for those with a positive attitude, zest for life and who seek to contribute to the bigger picture. If this is you, click the "Apply Now" button.

Email careers.vic@ymca.org.au using the subject line: Early Years Director / Educational Leader - Torquay Early Learning Centre enquiry via EthicalJobs for further information.

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