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Child Development Specialist

Save The Children

The settlement experience in Australia provides many daily challenges to multicultural families navigating a new environment. As part of our It Takes a Village program and our Settlement Engagement Transition Service, we work directly with children of culturally and linguistically diverse families to help develop their social skills, independence and in turn their capacity to learn. We need you to give these children an experience of quality early childhood education, to develop their appetite for learning and help enable a smooth transition into school.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. Across Western Australia, we support families by tackling issues at a community level to help children get the best start in life. See here for more information on our work across WA.

Where you come in:

In this full time, parental leave cover position (through to November 2022), you'll co-ordinate the planning, implementation and review of culturally appropriate developmental play and learning experiences for children. Further, you'll provide support and information to parents on developmental issues and make appropriate referrals to other health, education and welfare agencies. Based in the South East Metro region, you'll be part of our Perth Metro team and report to our Team Leader.

You will make an impact by:

  • Planning and facilitating weekly playgroup sessions targeting CALD Parents that develop around your observation of the interests of participating children
  • Finding creative ways to encourage vulnerable, avoidant, or fearful families to engage with our support programs and services
  • Identifying and addressing physical, social/emotional and educational needs
  • Providing information and referrals to families to access other relevant programs or welfare agencies
  • Carrying out process monitoring, data collection and reporting

Does this sound like you?

You're a positive role model who is passionate about improving the settlement experience for newly-arrived families. You have strong experience in early childhood programs, a team player attitude and the ability to think on your feet. Your infectious enthusiasm for your job will see you actively seeking out families in need of support, and your exceptional cultural knowledge will help you build strong connections with children and families from varying cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

This role requires:

  • Minimum Certificate III in Children's Services (or equivalent qualification)
  • Experience working with CALD clients
  • Well-developed time management, organisational, and data collection skills
  • Exceptional teamwork and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Current valid driver's licence

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job:

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Festive leave in addition to regular leave benefits
  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Internal employment and development opportunities
  • Friendly and flexible work environment
  • Award rate salary (SCHADS Level 4.1) plus full salary packaging benefits

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the 'Apply' section.

Position Description - Child Development Specialist Perth.

More information about the program and the team that the role works in can be found in our Program Profile.

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Save the Children Australia supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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