Early Childhood Educator

Early Childhood Educator

Freshwater Creek Steiner School (FWCSS) is located on a beautiful rural campus, near Geelong and the Great Ocean Road, and offers Playgroups, Early Childhood and Primary school education.

We are seeking an Early Childhood Educator to join our established Early Childhood program from January 2021.

Position Details:

  • 0.7 FTE with possibility of extension
  • attendance from 8.30 to 3.30 Monday to Wednesday (half hour lunch break), plus planning and meetings. Some duties may need to be performed at times other than during the school day or when students are in attendance, including non-term weeks and on weekends.
  • Remuneration based on Teacher salary level of the FWCSS agreement 2018
  • Superannuation – 9.5%
  • 6-month probation period and annual performance reviews.
  • Self- appraisal, and regular feedback from Early Childhood supervisor and Head of School
  • Attendance at all staff and faculty meetings required
  • Membership of College of Teachers by choice

Child Safety

Freshwater Creek Steiner School has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse. All staff, contractors, and School Council members are required to complete online training to ensure their understanding of our Program and their responsibilities.


Please include

  • a cover letter addressing the essential criteria,
  • a CV and 
  • the names and contact details of 3 referees

Please send to

Gabby Brennan, Head of School gabby.brennan@fwcss.vic.edu.au with subject: Early Childhood Educator application

Applications close 4 pm, Friday December 4th, 2020


POSITION DESCRIPTION: Early Childhood Educator

The Early Childhood Educator is responsible for teaching three- to five-year-old mixed age kinder sessions and managing their Early Childhood room. The Early Childhood Educator brings the Steiner Early Childhood curriculum to the children in an artistic way. The Early Childhood Educator aims to be a figure of moral authority for the children, and maintains an orderly, beautiful, harmonious and safe environment. The Early Childhood program is firmly based in rhythm, routine and regularity. Early Childhood Festivals and events are planned and presented by the Early Childhood faculty. Early Childhood administration forms a part of this job.

The Early Childhood Educator works cooperatively with their fellow teachers in the Early Childhood Faculty, the Early Childhood assistants, the entire school staff and the school’s policies and procedures. The success of the Early Childhood program at FWCSS stems from commitment and dedication to the children, and the harmonious, loving and supportive relationships between colleagues.

Key relationships

  • The Early Childhood Educator is supported by an Early Childhood assistant, during all hours that children are in attendance.
  • The two FWCSS Early Childhood Educators work together to plan and implement programs, fulfill administrative requirements and work with parents, to ensure coherence and continuity in curriculum and impulse
  • This position is accountable to the Head of School, and ultimately to the FWCSS Council. Essential Criteria
  • Current qualifications as a Early Childhood teacher
  • Current VIT registration
  • Current First Aid certification
  • A commitment to supporting and promoting the particular culture of the Freshwater Creek Steiner School.
  • Demonstrated theoretical and practical experience in the development of Early Childhood based programs and fulfilling administrative requirements of the Early Childhood Educator position.
  • A clear understanding of childhood development and an ability to relate to children between the age of 3 and 7.
  • Experience teaching Early Childhood and/or lower Primary aged children in a Steiner Early Childhood setting
  • Interpersonal and communication skills of an excellent standard
  • Experience working as a team member and willingness to participate fully in a collegial workplace
  • A willingness and ability to adopt Anthroposophical principles and engage in artistic activity
  • Evidence of openness to lifelong learning and a readiness to engage in ongoing professional development.
  • Demonstrable understanding of relevant policy and/or legislation pertaining to Early Childhood education in Victoria i.e. Student welfare, Child protection, Bullying, anti-discrimination, etc.

Key Attributes

  • Positive attitude towards children and a love of teaching
  • Collegial and supportive approach to working within EC faculty
  • Flexibility, patience and commitment to inner work
  • Understanding of what is required for a constructive relationship between teachers and Early Childhood parents, in service of the children.

Early Childhood Educator Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Early Childhood Educator include but are not limited to the following:

  • To teach out of love for the children
  • To work out of an Anthroposophical understanding of child development
  • To work within the principles of Steiner/Waldorf Early years education and operate under the National Quality Framework (NQF) adhering to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).
  • To recognize and respect the individuality of each child in the class – both their gifts and their challenges
  • To create and maintain a safe, beautiful and harmonious learning environment in the Early Childhood
  • To develop and use a variety of strategies to engage all the children in the Early Childhood program and manage children’s behaviour
  • To keep on-going observations of each child in the kinder in a non-obtrusive manner and fulfill all requirements for planning, assessment and reporting
  • To maintain accurate records of student attendance, parent-teacher interviews, and any incidents involving the children in line with school policy and procedure
  • To develop a positive, professional relationship with Early Childhood parents that supports the home/school partnership
  • Be available for meetings with parents as necessary
  • Complete administrative tasks as required by the position, and as arranged by EC faculty and school administration
  • Work positively and professionally with EC Faculty, College, administration and all members of staff and community.
  • To continually develop teaching practice through engaging in individual research, Collegial discussion and internal/external professional development opportunities
  • Participate in any appraisals/reviews of their teaching Follow the procedures and policies of the school
  • To be at school for their committed hours of employment, and be punctual for lessons, duties, and meetings