Current Vacancies

Early Childhood Educator (Diploma) – Permanent, Full time

Position Number 35/24
Location ECTARC Wallaroo Education and Care Service - Shellharbour
Status Permanent, Full time - 38 hours per week
Closing Date 14/07/2024
About the Service

ECTARC Wallaroo is a 44-place service providing early childhood education and care for children from birth to school age in Shellharbour on the traditional land of the Dharawal peoples. 

We are within walking distance of Nazareth Primary School, Shellharbour Library, local shopping centre and Elanora Nursing Home, creating many opportunities for our children to get involved with our local community. 

Wallaroo provides an inclusive environment that welcomes all children and their families.  We ensure the program meets the developmental needs of each child, with a holistic approach ensuring that all children are truly integrated into our program.  We welcome our connections with families and external agencies and use their knowledge and skills to inform our program and practice.

Wallaroo uses the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to shape our educational program and practice.  We believe children learn best through play so we draw on children’s interests to plan experiences to scaffold their learning.  As we value the importance of early language and literacy development, we follow the Australian Abecedarian Approach (3A), which uses everyday routines to enrich our caregiving practices to develop children’s language.  This 3A approach also places an emphasis on simple learning games and conversational reading techniques aimed at stretching children’s language.  We have links to Shellharbour’s Paint the Town REaD initiative and have our own children’s library available to families.  Social and emotional development is fostered through PALS (a social skills program where children role play various scenarios from how to say hello to ‘coping with stressful situations) and another program developed through our close connection to Wollongong University, PRSIST. This program provides various games to help children further develop their behavioural, social & emotional self-regulation skills.

About the Role

ECTARC Wallaroo are seeking an experienced educator who holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to work as part of a passionate and capable team committed to enriching the futures of young children. In collaboration with others, you will plan and implement high-quality educational, innovative, and inclusive programs, whilst also establishing relationships with families to ensure best outcomes for young children.

An educator’s role is very rewarding, providing children with the best possible start for lifelong learning. You will be working with a dedicated team, families, and the local school and community, including a range of external stakeholders to provide optimum education and care outcomes for young children.

At ECTARC you will have access to professional development, networks, coaching and mentoring to support you grow professionally and lead to further career opportunities.

Originally known as Illawarra Area Child Care (IACC), our organisation was incorporated in October 1985 and has a proud history of providing optimum education and training services.

ECTARC is proudly a not-for-profit organisation, that successfully manages education and care services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Our specialist early childhood knowledge, extensive experience and commitment to early education and care for children is why we are a respected leader in the sector. We live by our vision of enriching the futures for the children, families, students, and our communities.

We have a professional, experienced leadership team at our head office who support and resource our ECTARC services to strengthen quality learning and education programs. ECTARC is committed to providing optimum work environments for staff with ongoing professional development opportunities.

ECTARC is committed to being a child safe organisation. We understand that the safety and wellbeing of all children is paramount, we aim to provide environments where all children feel safe and are safe. ECTARC has policies and systems to protect children, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously.

Essential Criteria:

    • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent or working towards
    • A Working with Children Check clearance number.
    • Current approved first aid qualification for early education and care HLTAID012
    • Completed an approved child protection Statement of Attainment
    • Experience working in early childhood services.
    • Demonstrated ability to undertake the role of Responsible Person on Duty
    • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of current early childhood theories and practice & children’s services legislation.
    • Demonstrated high level of ethical and professional behaviour, including collaboration and confidentiality.
    • A commitment to practicing ECTARC values every day.
    • Strong commitment to you own professional learning.
Next Steps

At ECTARC we pay highly competitive salaries, above the award rate and entitlements in accordance with the policies and procedures of ECTARC including:

  • Above award wages
  • 50% discount on childcare fees for staff’s children enrolled in our quality services.
  • Paid parental leave – 6 weeks top up.
  • Annual ECTARC leave and 2-3 weeks end of year closure period.
  • Wellness program including access to our EAP for you and your family.
  • EXC Management team provides coaching, mentoring an support
  • Annual Planning Days

Successful applicants will be required to undergo pre employment screening and probity checks.

ECTARC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background to apply for this position.

We have a comprehensive induction process and a dedicated wellbeing program to support you and your family.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment screening and probity checks

If you have any questions in regards to this position please call ECTARC on (02) 4223 1100 or email