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Early Years Practitioner

Brotherhood of St Laurence

We’re looking for a professional Early Years Practitioner with relevant experience who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference on a permanent part-time basis, working 22.8 hours per week based in Mernda.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.

For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society - a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.


The Early Years Practitioner will operate under the Practice Framework for Children’s Programs. Our focus is to provide effective Early Years support activities within a place-based approach. This position delivers a range of group-based programs, one on one engagement activities both on site and in the family home, and key interactions to enable access to the right interventions for the family based on needs.

  • Delivery of key parenting groups and children outcome focussed sessions that has been scheduled by the Program Manager and aligned to key outcomes
  • Support connection building to universal and targeted services available for the family
  • Highlight Community Engagement opportunities available and work with Strategic Partnerships team to facilitate community sessions

Salary will in the range of $74,531.95 to $80,194.32 pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.


  • Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.
  • To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for an who has the following key skills and experiences:
  • Relevant qualifications in Community and Children’s Services, Social Work and Social Sciences or similar
  • Demonstrated experience in community services, not for profit organisations, and children’s services
  • Relevant experience in knowledge of child focused program delivery, parenting engagement and stakeholder engagement
  • Experience and knowledge of Early Years Services and Children’s Practice Frameworks
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood

Mandatory Employment Criteria

  • attendance at a variety of different work locations as required
  • proof of eligibility to work in Australia is required
  • a satisfactory Police Check is required. The Brotherhood will facilitate this process
  • a Working with Children Check is required for this position. The Brotherhood will facilitate this process 


  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program 


BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.

If this looks like a role that’s right for you, click "Apply Now" or contact Lauren Hansen on 0491 694 509 for a confidential discussion.

To view the Position Description to address the Key Selection Criteria, please click the "Apply Now" button.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence adheres to Government mandates in relation to COVID-19

We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect. We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

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