Early Years Manager

  • Base/Location:Berrimba Child Care Centre
  • Reports To:Chief Operating Officer
  • Hours:37.5 Full Time Hours
  • Award:Children's Services Employee Award Director Level 6.4

Position Scope                  The Early Years Manager is responsible for the overall running of the Berrimba Child Care Centre and the Cradle to Kinder Program providing an efficient, effective, high quality childcare and community service within a safe, secure, cultural environment that meets community needs. Also to ensure the service operates according to the guidelines, policies and regulations of Commonwealth and State Governments.


Direct Reports                 Team Leader Berrimba Child Care Centre

Team Leader Cradle to Kinder

Early Years Lead Practitioner




Organisational Values

  • Professional Integrity
    We treat all our people with dignity and respect
  • Quality
    We always strive to do our best and improve the way we do things.
  • Responsibility
    We commit to the actions we take to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Client Focus
    We work toward improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and community.


Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure the Child Care Centre and Cradle to Kinder operates a High Quality Child Care service in accordance with Accreditation principles and guidelines, and local, state and Commonwealth Government guidelines, policies and regulations.
  • Ensure the services operate cost effectively through financial Budgeting, Funding applications, Kindergarten funding requirements, Applying for Grants, Fee collection, purchasing of supplies/equipment
  • Overall development and direction of the C2K program and Child Care Centre – quality Improvement, strategic planning, risk registers, Bush Kinder Project, creation and supervision of new programs offered/developed.
  • Employment of full time/part time/relief staff
  • Supervision of all staff by developing and maintaining a cooperative and flexible team approach.
  • Orientation for new families/enrolments
  • Managing child attendance to comply with licensing
  • Coordinating Community/Family Engagement
  • Chairing staff meetings
  • Scheduling professional development and training for staff
  • Development and strengthening of partnerships in the community – Parks Victoria, Local Elders, TAFE, Echuca Regional Health, Echuca Library, Campaspe Shire, Save the Children, Kindergartens, Schools, Early Intervention Services, Specialist Services – Speech & Audiology
  • Ensuring we adhere to regulations, National Framework, National Quality Standards
  • Working with OHS Representative to ensure we are complying and attending to any maintenance issues
  • Oversee kitchen staff to ensure we are complying with new Food Safety Program and Procedures
  • Review and development of policies and procedures and position descriptions/scope of work.
  • Supervision of Best Start, Koori Preschool Assistant, Berrimba Child Care Team Leader, Cradle to Kinder Team Leader and the Early Years Lead Practitioner.
  • Provide monthly reports to board of management
  • Attend managers meetings and other stakeholder meetings


Parent Relationships

  • Actively encourage parent input into program planning and involvement in program activities as appropriate.
  • Provide regular information on program, service operation and child development for parents in the form of newsletters, posters and notices.
  • Provide feedback to parents on their child/ren’s progress and alert them to any development issues/challenges.


People Management

  • Supervise unqualified workers caring for the group of children under his/her care.
  • Actively encourage the continuing development of staff involved in developing and delivering the program.
  • Provide formal feedback on staff performance as part of the annual performance appraisal process.


Program Reporting

  • Provide regular reports weekly to Team Leaders on the implementation and review of programs.
  • Complete within required timelines all relevant program related reports and data collections required by funding bodies.
  • Document and report on any maintenance issues related to equipment and materials used within the program.


Berrimba Planning Processes

  • Participate in the overall development and implementation of the strategic and business plans of the Centre.
  • Ensure the long day care program is developed and implemented in ways that support the long range goals, objectives, plans and policies, and the vision of the centre.
  • Participate in the centre’s regular staff meetings and professional development workshops.



Key selection criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to Aboriginal Culture and the local community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal organisations and communities.
  • Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in the area of Early Childhood.
  • Well-developed program development and implementation skills and ability to oversee program development and implementation within an Early Childhood Centre.
  • Sound understanding of trauma-informed practice and a strengths-based approach and the ability to apply understanding within the Centre and the C2K program.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively with parents and professionals.
  • An understanding of the Child Protection System and an ability to provide a cultural lens to child and family welfare related matters whilst being able to promote self-determination for families.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and always remain impartial.
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines and be self-motivated.


In addition, it is expected that the incumbent will

  • Undertake travel as required.
  • Undertake any other duties as directed by the CEO.


Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education or equivalent
  • An appropriate First Aid Training certificate which complies with the requirements of the Children’s Services regulations 1998.





Other relevant information

  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety

principles and practices is required

  • You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.


Written applications should include a covering letter.  Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.



All applications must address the key selection criteria and include a recent resume.


To be eligible for an interview applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.


Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”.




HR Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

34 – 86 Annesley Street,

Echuca Vic 3564


(PO Box 201)

Echuca Vic 3564


Email: jobs@njernda.com.au


All applications close: 3rd February 2021


All applications close: 3rd Feb 2021

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