Co Educator Emergency Reliever – Casual

Posted by Surrey Hills Preschool Centre Inc on 13 Aug 2021

Organisation Surrey Hills Preschool Centre Inc
Closing date 30.09.2021
Primary role Diploma Qualified Educator
Position type Relief-Emergency
Location Surrey Hills
State VIC
About the Centre/Service Surrey Hills Preschool Centre is nestled amongst South Surrey Park with trees surrounding and a creek meandering close by. Our service is run by a volunteer Committee of Management and highly skilled long standing, dedicated staff. As a team we encourage collaboration, open communication, respectful relationships and strongly value having familiar educators for our children and families enrolled. We currently have three groups of three-year old and two groups of four-year old sessional kinder programs. We pride ourselves on a program that is Play-based embedded with opportunities for intentional and spontaneous learnings.
Work Days of the Role Flexible between Monday - Friday
Hours of Work of the Role Shifts vary between 5 - 7 hours
Description Surrey Hills Preschool is seeking to expand our Emergency Relief list for our Preschool. We are looking for  Diploma Qualified Early Childhood Educator or Certificate III - working towards diploma to join our team as a Casual Co-Educator for our three and four year old sessional kinder programs as needed. We currently run two classrooms daily and at any one time need at least 2 - 3 co educators across the Preschool to support the Kinder teachers in delivering their amazing Kinder program.

The possible shifts you would cover are as follows:



  • 8am - 3pm - 4 year old Kinder


  • 8am - 3pm - 4 year old Kinder


  • 8am - 3pm - 4 year old Kinder
  • 8am - 1:30pm - 3 year old Kinder


  • 8am - 3pm - 4 year old Kinder
  • 8am - 1:30pm - 3 year old Kinder


  • 8am - 2pm - 4 year old Kinder
  • 8am - 1:30pm - 3 year old Kinder

Benefits include:

  • Salary and conditions based on VECTEA 2020
  • Supportive and collaborative team environment
  • Being a part of a Play Based Kinder program
  • Bush adjacent setting
  • Hands on experience especially for educators who are newly qualified or re-entering the workforce after a leave of absence.
  • Being mentored by highly skilled Teachers in modern and best practice of Early Childhood Education practices
  • Free parking
  • Recently refurbished facilities
  • Opportunities to be referred to other Local Sessional Kinders in the immediate area through our network as an emergency reliever
  • Get your foot in the door at a highly sort after workplace
  • Opportunities to apply for permanent roles

How Important this role is to Surrey Hills Preschool:

Surrey Hills Preschool and our wider local Kinder community strongly value having a core group of amazing educational relievers that are familiar to our students and their families as well as familiar with the Preschool's teaching philosophy, ethos and understanding of our policies and procedures.   Our Committee of Management want to continue to support our permanent staff and management to take leave for Professional Development opportunities and leave them feeling confident the kinder program will continue to run smoothly in their absence. We also have the necessity to be able to call upon Co Educators to step in for permanent staff taking Annual Leave and Personal Leave.

What Does The Role Involve?

As a member of our Emergency Relief list you will be called upon with as little as 1 hours notice to step in as Co Educator for either our 3 year old groups or 4 year old groups. While we strive to give our Relievers as much notice as possible this isn't always possible and we need emergency staff that are flexible to step in last minute. You can nominate your availability, best to be honest with your availability and then our Management can plan accordingly.

Key Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate will have or able to demonstrate the following:
  • Experience working within an Early Childhood Educational environment or with children aged between 3 - 5 years
  • Great interpersonal skills and a commitment to positive communication & collaboration both with families, colleagues and children
  • Ability to assist in the delivery the program for the children, in partnership with the Kinder Teacher
  • Reasonable knowledge and understanding of the Early Learning Years Framework
  • Flexibility to work where required within the service
  • Understand the importance and how to be responsive to children’s participation in the program developing a sense of trust with you as their educator
  • Able to act on both intentional teaching and spontaneous teachable moments for the children’s learning and development, both in the general program and routines
  • Ability to hit the ground running and familiarise yourself with Kinder teachers plan for the day/week before the session begins (program plan available from Teacher)
  • Support the teacher by assisting with transitions throughout the sessions e.g. setting up for meal times, helping children with getting ready for outdoor play, tidying and resetting activities while the Teacher is running group time, assist children with their well being including toileting/sun smart/packing back packs and being responsive to their needs.
  • Feel confident to step in to assist when the Teacher asks

An interest in Bush Kinder, Music, Sustainability, Indigenous Culture, Natural play and/or Art highly regarded

How to apply

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

Apply today by submitting the following

  • Cover Letter (1 page including why you want to/enjoy working in Early Childhood Education)
  • Your availability as per the above mentioned timetable
  • Current Resume (no more than 3 pages)

Email your cover letter and resume to - Please note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

Please note : Our Emergency Reliever list applicants will go through an interview, trial and reference and qualification checks before being added.
  • Completed an approved Early Childhood Diploma or Certificate III and working towards Diploma

  • Current First Aid Certificate including CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management

Requirements WWCC
Additional Requirements Surrey Hills Preschool is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Surrey Hills Preschool is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking. We work in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s First Peoples and as the traditional owners and custodians of this land.  We celebrate diversity and value the lived experience of people of every ethnicity, faith, age, disability, culture, language, gender identity, sex and sexual orientation. We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people at our services. We pledge to provide inclusive and non-discriminatory services.  
Industrial Agreement/Award Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement 2020 (VECTEA)

Contact Name
Frances D'Oyley-Carter
Application Procedure
Email cover letter and resume to - Please note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

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