Early Years Program Assistant

Provide support and assistance in the delivery of early childhood programs.

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LOCATION: Craigieburn
Hours: 12 hours per week. Mon 12 -3, Tue 10 – 1, Thurs 9 – 12 and Fri 9 – 12 

Summary of program and its objectives

Growing Learners is a targeted early intervention program for families with children 0-3.

Program aim:

  • to build parent confidence and capacity as their child’s first teacher
  • value and extend learning opportunities in everyday life
  • improve the quality of the Home Learning Environment
  • develop secure attachment relationships with their babies and children
  • enhance children’s development through access to quality strength based early childhood experiences
  • facilitate parents and children accessing support and networks within their community.

Main responsibilities of the role

Working under the direction of the Growing Learner Coordinator and support facilitators the key responsibilities and duties of this volunteer position will include the ensuring families feel welcome and included in the early years setting through being respectful, inclusive and mindful of diverse cultural and family structures; assisting in the organisation and implementation of a safe, stimulating, positive and enjoyable learning environment for children and families; assisting in the provision of a program and environment that recognises, values and respects the cultural and religious backgrounds of all families; assisting in the provision of a program and environment that promotes the development of self-esteem, security, independence and self-confidence; assisting in the setting up and packing up of the environment; modelling age appropriate play with children and support parents to participate in the play experiences, as appropriate; reporting any concerns about a child or parent to the Growing Learners Coordinator; communicating with parents in a professional and positive manner; assisting in maintaining the general tidiness and hygiene of the setting; working effectively as part of a team, and undertaking other related duties within the scope of the role and of the incumbent’s competence and training, as directed by the Manager.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • early Childhood tertiary qualification or working toward- minimum Certificate III Children's Services or other relevant qualification 
  • knowledge of early childhood development and learning
  • good interpersonal skills in building positive connections and trusting relationships with children and families from diverse backgrounds
  • good time management and organisational skills
  • reliable and flexible in the work environment
  • ability to work effectively within a team environment and use initiative
  • understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.


  • 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
  • ability to speak a second language (Arabic, Assyrian).

To learn more, read the Early Years Program Assistant position description or phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390.

Screening questionnaire

Applicants are required to complete the screening questionnaire.

Before you apply

  • read the position description
  • read the what to expect section of our website that outlines what to expect when you volunteer; your rights and responsibilities; and what's involved in a formal application.

How to apply

  • applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire
  • applicants who do not complete the screening questionnaire will not be considered for shortlisting
  • email written applications to: volunteer(at)bsl.org.au.

 Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application then please contact our volunteer services team at volunteer(at)bsl.org.au or contact us on (03) 9483 1390.

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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