Fitzroy Valley Early Learning Centre – Qualified Childcare Worker

Fitzroy Valley Early Learning CentreQualified Childcare Worker

Fitzroy Crossing, WA

Short-term Contract

$27-$29 phr + 10% Super

Rent Subsidy & Relocation Package

Your Potential Employer

Fitzroy Valley Early Learning Centre is a community managed multicultural early child care service.  The centre is licensed for 24 places and provides a service for 2 month olds to 6 year olds.  The centre is an open play area and ages combined.  The centre has a predominately indigenous population and as such programs are developed with this in mind.  FVELC is funded as a Flexible Innovative Child Care Centre and complies with Licensing and Regulations.

The Role

Your new position as a Qualified Child Care Worker will included the following duties:

  • Second in charge to the centre Director
  • PAPO Supervisory Officer
  • Develop & implement centre programs
  • On floor staff support, development & supervising
  • Work related administrative duties


To be successful for your new role you will ideally meet the following criteria:

Relevant qualifications

  • Current Working With Children check
  • Proven success in developing and implementing programs for 0-7 year olds
  • Staff development & management experience or understanding
  • Current First Aid and Medical Certificate
  • An understanding of indigenous remote communities and a willingness to expand knowledge
  • An understanding of policy/procedure development and implementation


If you have any further questions or to apply for the above position please contact:

Katherine Ferguson – Committee Executive Chairperson

0416 644896

Fitzroy Valley

Early Learning Centre

Job Description


Qualified Child Care Worker / 2IC / Person to act in Place of Supervising Officer.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Probation period: 3 months from the commencement date.

Hourly rate: Between $27.00hr and $29.00hr depending on qualifications and experience. District allowance included in hourly rate.

Hours of work: Will be between 7.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Staff meetings are monthly after work hours and paid at normal rate of pay.

Superannuation: 10% of your annual salary.

Accommodation: FVELC will provide you with a furnished 1 bedroom house (amenities located outside in separate area) at $200/wk rent, to be deducted from your salary.

Electricity: FVELC will provide an air-conditioning subsidy. The employee will be reimbursed 50% (fifty percent) of each bill up to the value of $1000.00 (one thousand) per annum.

The employee is responsible for all power connections and charges.

The employee is responsible for all water connections and charges.

Annual leave travel expenses: You will be entitled to $1040.00 (one thousand and forty) (gross value) per annum. This is paid to you at $40.00 per fortnight on top of your wage and then put into a separate holding account. The money will be available upon request, and any balance will be paid out at the end of your contract.

Personal / sick leave: You have an entitlement of 12 (twelve) accumulative paid days per annum (normal rate of pay).

Annual leave: Your entitlement to annual leave is formulated on the basis of 5 (five) weeks after each year of completed service.

The centre closes for up to four (4) weeks over the Christmas period. The first 2 (two) weeks leave is at normal salary, does not attract leave loading and will not be deducted from your accrued annual leave. This leave is given in the recognition of the hard work and stressful nature of the position.

Relocation: FVELC will provide and pay for airfares for yourself and immediate family, as agreed, from your nominated place of engagement to Fitzroy Crossing to allow you to start your employment with the FVELC. The centre will provide or pay for reasonable expenses to cover the cost of your relocation.

Vehicle: Must have own vehicle.

Bonus pay: After 1 year of service and performance appraisal being carried out you will be entitled to 1 week bonus pay at normal pay.

Responsible to: Director

Key Responsibility Areas:

1.         Care for Children

a)           Oversee and implement the services developmental programs for combined groups of children, and provide support and advice to staff regarding the development and evaluation of the program.

b)            Ensure all interactions with children reflect the philosophy and policies of the centre.

c)            To be an advocate for children’s rights, needs and interests.

2.         Partnership with Families

a)           Be sensitive to and respect the diversity of social and cultural backgrounds of the children in care and ensure these children are welcomed into the centre.

b)           Liaise and interact with parents in a friendly and non-judgmental way in relation to their child’s needs.

c)            Promote and support family involvement in the program.

d)           Ensure that the Indigenous culture of the local community is valued, encouraged and maintained through the weekly and daily programming.


3.         Health, Safety and Protective Care

a)            Ensure the environment in which children learn and play is clean and hygienic.

b)           Act immediately on any Health and Safety issues that relate to the working environment.

c)            Be the Safety Officer, appointed by the employer, to report to the employer all Occupational Safety and Health issues and implement action through policy and procedures.

d)           Respond to illness, accidents and emergencies in accordance with Centre Policy and Government regulations.

4.         Leadership

a)            Work as an effective team member.

b)           Maintain a professional approach to work, which reflects the services philosophy, policies and procedures and ensures confidentiality in all aspects of Centre operations.

c)            Support the centre’s student placement program within centre guidelines.

d)         Support the staff team and maintain staff spirit through effective leadership.

e)    To support unqualified staff in their training and duties.

f)     To attend staff meetings.

5.         Operational Management

a)           Act as Supervising Officer in the Directors absence.

b)           In the absence of the Director, to effectively communicate with the Management Committee about strategic day to day operational matters, and operate the Centre within Centre policies and procedures, and ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

c)            Keep the Centre Director informed about the centre’s functioning on an ongoing basis.

d)            Actively promote the service in a positive manner to the community.

e)           To be responsible for such other duties as the director or Management Committee may from time to time determine.

f)     Maintain appropriate records in accordance with centre policies and child care regulations.


  1. Relevant qualifications to manage a child care centre in accordance with Community Services Regulations. Diploma or equivalent.
  2. Proven skills in the development and implementation for children’s programs from 0-7 years old.
  3. The knowledge and ability to implement policy processes.
  4. General administration skills.
  5. Knowledge of the requirements to manage a team of staff and professional development of a team.
  6. Proven effective communication skills.
  7. Current Working with Children Check (WWC).
  8. Current medical certificate, national police clearance and first aid certificate (as person to act in place of supervising officer).


  1. Knowledge of current issues in the Children’s Services.
  2. Experience in working with Indigenous children.
  3. Knowledge of Indigenous Learning Styles.
  4. Experience in working in a remote community.
  5. Experience in working with a Management Committee.
  6. Ability to assist in the development/implementation and evaluation of policies and procedures.

Job advertisement for Qualified Child Care worker / 2IC

The Place – Fitzroy Crossing is situated on the mighty Fitzroy River in the Kimberly region of WA with a population of approximately 2500 people. All basic services are available, including medical, shopping (new shopping centre under construction), swimming pool, sporting and educational. The rich Indigenous history and culture of the area make this a premier tourist destination within easy driving distance of Derby and Broome.

There have been many changes happening in the Fitzroy Valley, starting with Alcohol restriction on October 2007, a new school / hospital has been built and there are many infrastructure projects happening.  Fitzroy Crossing is also 1 of the COAG sites for the Closing the Gap program from the Federal Government.  So if you want to work in a town which is progressing and growing, Fitzroy Crossing may be for you.

The Centre – Fitzroy Valley Early Learning Centre is a community managed multicultural early child care service. The centre is licensed for 24 places and provides a service for 2 months to 6 year olds. The centre is an open play area and ages are combined. The centre has a predominately Indigenous population and as such programs are developed with this in mind. FVELC is funded as a Flexible Innovative Child Care Centre and complies with Licensing and Regulations.

The Position – This position is second in charge, PAPO Supervising Officer and responsible to the Director. You will be responsible for the centre programs, supervision, support and development of staff in accordance with the Philosophy and Policies of the Centre and some administration duties.

Salary Package – Hourly rate (inc.district allowance) between $27.00 and $29.00hr depending on experience, subsidised housing and electricity (1 bedroom house, furnished), travel allowance, 10% Superannuation, 5 weeks annual leave plus 2 weeks at normal pay when the centre closes over Xmas for 4 weeks, paid staff meetings and training and 12 days paid sick leave. The preferred applicant will also be offered reasonable relocation expenses. Must have own vehicle. Contract will expire when the centre closes in July / August 2011. A Children and Family Centre will be built in Fitzroy Crossing in August 2011 with possibility of employment when centre opens.

The successful applicant will possess an appropriate qualification in child care, driver’s license, police clearance and WWC check, sound supervisory skills and demonstrate experience and ability to manage a team in a child care facility.

How to apply – To be considered for an interview you should address the selection criteria, which can be obtained by telephoning (08) 9191 5800 or E-mailing

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