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Playgroup Coordinator - Mernda

Employer: Brotherhood of St Laurence
Work Type/s: Casual
Classification/s: Early Childhood, Education & Training, Family Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 18 March, 2019.
Applications close: 29 March, 2019. (Expired)

Summary of program and its objectives

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 aged 0-5 years old and cater for parents/carers and children of all abilities.

Main responsibilities of the role:

The Playgroup Coordinator’s key role is to plan for and facilitate two playgroups on Tuesday and Thursdays (during school term) as well as to establish and maintain risk management, documentation and data collection. Working in partnership with an inter-disciplinary team and key stakeholders the Coordinator will ensure the program is delivered based on a range of skills and expertise and within a family centred, strengths based framework.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:


  • Relevant tertiary qualification in Early Childhood – eg Certificate III Children’s Services
  • 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.

This is a casual position and hours will be on an as required basis (around 12 hours per week). This position can be combined with another position vacancy – Early Years Support Facilitator. This is a casual position, also offering around 12 hours per week (combined 24 hours per week). For further information on the Early Years Support Facilitator position, please click this link –

Salary will be $34.81 to $37.87 per hour for casuals plus 25% casual, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.

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.

How to apply for this job

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