Early Childhood Teacher / Educational Leader

Early Childhood Teacher / Educational Leader

Organisation: Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool

Closing date: Applications open until position is filled. Interviews will commence as soon as applications are received. Primary role: Early Childhood Teacher / Educational Leader Award: VECTEA 2020 (Above award salary)

Position type: Part Time (Approx. 35 hours per week, negotiable)

Workdays of the Role:  5 Days – Negotiable

(Available Mon – Thur for teaching, dedicated off the floor day if required 

Location: RIDDELLS CREEK (Macedon Ranges Shire) 

State: VIC

About the Centre/Service:

Established in 1985, Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool is a vibrant, not-for-profit, sessional kinder, run by a Committee of Management. We attract families from multiple shires across North- western and Central Victoria. The kinder runs sessions from Mon – Thurs each week and we have approx. 40 places. Currently, 3 year olds attend 3 mornings (10.5 hours) per week and 4 year olds attend for 2.5 days (15 hours) per week.

Our kindergarten provides a holistic educational program that is structured around the Montessori pillars, and which aligns with and is governed by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). We are  is committed to the true Montessori approach and adhere to the principles and practices of a Montessori education. Our focus is on supporting and extending the children’s interests and strengths to develop confidence, curiosity, and a love for a lifetime of learning. Our team of staff are experienced, enthusiastic, and committed to our children, Montessori programmes and the ongoing success of our kindergarten.

Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool has an excellent reputation for its early years programmes and was assessed in 2019 as ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standards’. We are a leading provider of Montessori education in the Macedon Ranges.

Description:

A rare and exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Montessori Early Childhood Teacher, that is passionate and enthusiastic about Montessori in an Early Years educational setting. We are looking for an individual who is dedicated to providing quality early years education, interactive learning and memorable experiences. You will work with the Kindergarten Director/Nominated Supervisor, Committee of Management, and be supported by the existing team of highly qualified and dedicated Educators. We have strong family-oriented values, an inclusive and empowering culture and are excited to welcome successful candidates to our friendly, vibrant, diverse and dynamic team.

Primary Objectives: 

The primary purpose of this position is to be the Early Childhood Teacher and Educational Leader of Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool in Riddells Creek, Victoria. Working  collaboratively with the Kindergarten Director and Approved Provider in order to provide high quality early childhood education and care that meets the needs of families.  The Educational Leader will work to provide effective leadership to the staff (team of Educators) whilst being supported by Kindergarten Director and Committee. They will operate in a professional manner at all times and ensure that the service meets the requirements of the Department of Education and Training (DET) Kindergarten Funding Guide, and functions in line with approved policies, procedures, and the Quality Improvement Plan of Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool.

Your responsibilities will include but not limited to: 

  • Plan and implement a quality educational program in line with the Montessori principals and EYLF
  • Record and maintain observations of children’s progress and development
  • Contribute to children’s portfolios and weekly reflections
  • Contribute to the effective management of the staff/Educators in the role of Educational Leader
  • Working with the Kindergarten Director/Nominated Supervisor to ensure that the kindergarten continues to meet and exceed its obligations under all National Quality Standards (NQS) and applicable legislation (Fair Work Act, Child Protection Legislation, Work Health and Safety Act, Service Policies and Procedures).
  • Providing feedback regarding performance on a regular, systematic basis and a commitment to ongoing professional development
  • To assist in preparation, cleanliness, packing away of equipment and materials and safety of the kindergarten in conjunction with all educators.

Qualifications:

If you wish to join our friendly team, you are required to have the following:

  • Sound knowledge of the Montessori principles and practices (Montessori qualifications preferred)
  • A recognised Early Childhood Teaching qualification as approved by ACECQA
  • Registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Accredited Child Protection Training
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge of NQS and EYLF
  • Current first aid, anaphylaxis, and CPR
  • Valid WWCC

Additional Requirements:

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Experience working in an Early Years educational service as a Teacher, with a proven ability in all areas of curriculum development, team leadership and management of staff.
  2. Experience working in a Montessori education setting as a Teacher
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the National Quality Framework and Victorian Kindergarten Funding guidelines and how they influence the operations of the kindergarten programme
  4. Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and high-level interpersonal skills including the capacity to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with all staff, parents, and the broader community to focus on children’s learning, wellbeing, and engagement.
  5. Ability to take on the role of Educational Leader

How to apply:

If this sounds like you, apply now.

Please include all of the following to be considered:

1.   Cover Letter (1 page outlining your suitability according to the position description)

2.   Current resume (no more than 3 pages)

3.   Brief responses to the Key Selection Criteria (1 Page, no more than approx. 500 words)

Get in touch:

For more information about the role and a confidential discussion, please contact:

Natalie Giffin, Vice President, Committee of Management, Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool.

Email: [email protected]

Listed:
25 August 2022

Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool

61 Main Road
Riddells Creek VIC 3431
Australia