Early Years Support Facilitator

Hours: Casual hours as required

Location: Mernda

Applications close: Sunday, 24 June 2018 at midnight

An exciting opportunity has become available for an Early Years Support Facilitator to provide support and assistance in the delivery of early childhood programs.

Summary of program and its objectives

Good Start Early Learning Organisational Purpose

Goodstart was formed by a syndicate of four of Australia’s leading non-profit organisations in 2009. This syndicate -Social Ventures Australia, Mission Australia, The Benevolent Society, and The Brotherhood of St Laurence came together to purchase over 650 former ABC Learning centres. They knew they had a unique opportunity to shape the future of Australia.

Our vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life. Our mission is to provide high-quality, accessible, affordable, community-connected early learning in our centres, as well as partner and openly collaborate with the sector to drive change for the benefit of all children.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence/Good Start Early Learning Partnership

The Brotherhood of St Laurence and GoodStart Early Learning have formed a partnership involving the development of a Children and Family Centre in the City of Whittlesea, with an intention to carry this partnership into other growth corridors.  

The Jindi Intergrated Family Centre is the first of these centres and opened in January 2015.  The centre delivers holistic support to children and families, such as kindergarten and long day care, playgroups, allied health services, maternal and child health, financial inclusion and work and learning support.

Jindi Playgroups and Growing Learners

The Brotherhood is committed to work from a 2Generational framework which supports families from a holistic perspective.  Working within an inter-disciplinary team approach and based on the 2Generation intervention vulnerable families will be identified and intentionally supported to achieve their employment aspirations, build their parenting capabilities and confidence, address significant participation barriers and engage in quality early years programs. Growing Learners is an evidence based early years program which builds the capacity of parents as their child’s first teacher as well as within their own right to access training and educational pathways.

Over the last 2 years Jindi have run 2 community playgroups. One of these playgroups is located in Jindi and the other in the community hub space at the Mernda p-12 school next door to our Centre. These playgroups are set up with play stations that encourage parents to play with their children followed by a story and song time (including rhymes, dancing and movement to music).

Playgroups are an important part of the Mernda community and provide a place for parents to connect in with one another as well as opportunities for children to play and interact with other children. Playgroups can provide an entry point for families seeking additional services and help identify additional support families may need.  Playgroups at Jindi are open to all families with children 0-5 and cater for parents/careers and children of all abilities. 

Main responsibilities of the role

The Early Years Support facilitator is responsible for providing support and assistance in the delivery of early childhood programs including supported playgroups and Growing Learners within a strengths based framework supporting both parents and children.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • relevant tertiary qualification in Early Childhood – eg Certificate III Children’s Servcies  
  • demonstrated knowledge of early childhood development, learning and parenting
  • well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective, trusting relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with children and families from diverse backgrounds
  • familiarity with the needs of vulnerable families and children
  • well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • proven ability to work independently and effectively within a team to achieve outcomes
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.


  • experience working in similar early childhood settings
  • working knowledge of national and Victorian Early Years Learning Frameworks
  • experience working with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and an ability to speak a community language other than English.

The position is casual and hours will be on an as required basis. Salary will be between $25.16 - $27.39 per hour for casuals plus 25% casual loading, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

For further information about the role please view the Early Years Support Facilitator position description (PDF, 275kb) or phone Radhika Ittiel on (03) 8724 0104.

To apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire »

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)bsl.org.au

Applications Close: Sunday, 24 June 2018 at midnight

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.

Application process

In making an application for a position at the Brotherhood all applicants must:

  • read the position description
  • provide a brief cover letter
  • complete the application process as specified in the vacancy. Failure to complete the application process as specified in the vacancy may result in rejection of your application.
  • provide a current resume outlining your work history, details of any relevant qualifications and licences and two referees, either current or most recent Manager.
  • recommended applicants will be required to undertake Psychometric testing. Further assessments may include skills testing and presentations.

Applicants not shortlisted for interview will be contacted as soon as practicably possible. 

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Police and Working With Children Checks

The Brotherhood works with children, youth and vulnerable people and requires all staff to undertake a Police Check and, where applicable, a Working with Children check, prior to commencement. A person's criminal history does not automatically exclude an individual from working or volunteering at the Brotherhood. Police Checks are administered and paid for by the Brotherhood. 

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Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • For more information or assistance with your application, please contact the Human Resources Team on (03) 9483 2444 or email: recruitment(at)bsl.org.au 
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like some more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application please contact our recruitment team at recruitment(at)bsl.org.au or visit Jobs at the Brotherhood on our website.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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