Current Vacancies

Traineeship Early Childhood Worker – Full Time

Position Number 21/24
Location ECTARC Short Street Education and Care Service - Corrimal
Status Full time, Fixed term 18 months
Closing Date 19/04/2024
About the Service

ECTARC Short Street is 28 place occasional care service offering education and care to a diverse community. We are located approximately 10mins north of the Wollongong CBD in Corrimal. Located within the community precinct, we are surrounded by ample free parking and close to several community facilities including, Corrimal District Library and Community Centre.

Children are provided with opportunities to be actively involved in decision making, skill building, play and experimentation in a safe environment with an emphasis on play-based learning.  Educators use Circle of Security  practices to ensure children feel safe, supported and protected while also employing principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that all children have the right to an education that lays a foundation for the rest of their lives, maximises their ability, and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages.

We use our large, leafy, green outdoor garden and play area to offer a variety of gardening projects, focusing on lessening our carbon footprint while leading to a sustainable future.  Children and families can be involved in community gardening projects, care for our native bees and watch for blue tongue lizards. Tiny hands and feet can wiggle in delight in the trickle of water in the creek bed, get excited by the discovery of tadpoles and say “hello” to the many friendly native birds who stop by most days. 

About the Role

ECTARC Short Street are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic trainee who is looking to start their career in early childhood education. During the 18-month traineeship you will gain valuable knowledge and experience whilst working and studying alongside our qualified and supportive educators to complete your Certificate III in Early Education and Care.

ECTARC is also a registered training organisation. We have Training and Development Officers who also support you to gain the skills and experience you’ll need to be able to work at your very best in our service.

Once you complete your Certificate III qualification, we can provide you with real job opportunities in the future.

Originally known as Illawarra Area Child Care (IACC) our organisation was incorporated in October 1985 and have 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.

At ECTARC our vision for reconciliation is to deepen our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, and rights promoting an organisational culture of respect, equality, equity, and cultural safety.  We envisage an Australia where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participate equally in early childhood education and training to achieve best educational outcomes. Through our work with young children, families, students, and the community we hope to contribute to an Australian society that proudly recognises, celebrates and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Essential Criteria:

  • Age 18 years or over
  • A genuine interest in working with young children
  • A commitment to undertaking the practical and theoretical components of the program
  • A current Working with Children Check clearance number (or be willing to obtain)

Desirable Criteria:

  • Current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID012 – Provide emergency First Aid in an education and care setting)
Next Steps

At ECTARC we pay highly competitive salaries above the award rate in accordance with the policies and procedures of ECTARC.

Course fees are covered

A bonus $1250.00 paid to you every six months throughout your traineeship

Three hours paid study time off the floor each week

Mentoring and support from a dedicated Educator in your team and trainee study groups with an experienced Early Childhood Coordinator.

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.

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

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

If you would like to be considered for this position, please click on the Apply Online button