Playgroup Leader

Playgroup Leader

Job Title: Playgroup Leader
Appointed by
: Principal
Reporting to: Principal
Contract Type: Casual

Hours of Work: 3.25 hours/day (8:30-11:45), including 1.25 hours non-contact planning time. The number of days/week is set at the beginning of each term according to enrolment numbers. An additional 3 hours/term is allocated to planning time.

Commencing: 31 January 2022


Milkwood Steiner School is situated on Larrakia land (Darwin), in the tropical north of Australia delivering a Steiner Curriculum to 100 students from Kindergarten to Class 6. Our school has unique large tropical style buildings with classrooms that open out on to broad verandas, with a playground that extends to a beautiful native bushland. We are a thriving, growing school, with a welcoming community and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our College of Teachers are committed to applying the richness of a Steiner Education to the unique cultural and environmental context of Australia’s Top End.

Milkwood Steiner School’s Playgroup provides an introduction to the school for children aged 0-4 and their parents or caregivers. The play-based program includes singing, storytelling, breadmaking, morning tea, craft and an engagement with the Larrakia seasons, facilitated by a Playgroup Leader. The Playgroup Leader develops and runs the Playgroup sessions. The Playgroup Leader holds a deep commitment to Steiner Education, and a commitment to working with families, providing a model worthy of replication. They are confident communicating in writing, via email, phone and face to face, with parents, community, staff and management. Milkwood’s Playgroup Room (Honeysuckle Room) is used by a range of programs during school hours, including parent groups, workshops, playgroups. The Playgroup Leader commits to using the space with the best interests of all its users, in mind.

Key Responsibilities

The Playgroup Leader is responsible for:

In consultation with the Principal and College of Teachers, developing and implementing an enriching, Steiner-inspired Playgroup program.

Providing supervision, programming and duty of care for families attending Playgroup, in ways that embody the values, ethos, policies and best practice of Milkwood Steiner School.

Working effectively with the College of Teachers, Principal and Administration staff and Playgroup families.

Maintaining accurate records of programming, attendance, incidents, behaviour and mandatory reporting as required.

Maintaining the Playgroup Leader Manual.

Managing the Playgroup Budget.

Maintaining relevant qualifications and Professional Development.

Attending relevant meetings, including a reasonable number of planning meetings, at the discretion of the Principal.

Working in accordance with the MSSA Policies, Guidelines and Procedures.

Caring for the Honeysuckle Room and managing the Playgroup budget according to MSSA Policy and Guidelines, ensuring that the aesthetics, layout and management of the room reflect the cultural values of Milkwood Steiner School and support the space’s other uses.

Note: The College of Teachers is a voluntary leadership group at Milkwood Steiner School.  The Playgroup Leader is invited to join the College of Teachers, but CoT membership is not a role requirement.

Selection Criteria


  1. A love for children, demonstrated knowledge of and a commitment to the principles of Steiner Education
  2. Experience working independently in childcare, youth or education settings
  3. Training or experience in a Steiner setting, or a demonstrated commitment to further development in areas of Steiner Education.
  4. Skills to plan, deliver, document and continually improve on a child-focused Steiner Playgroup program, including skills in classroom and behaviour support and adult education.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community including demonstrated skills in communication.
  6. Essential Qualifications: The successful applicant will hold any ‘over-preschool age’ qualification approved for work with children from an accredited Higher Education Provider/registered training organization, Valid First Aid qualification, Mandatory Reporting Training and an Ochre Card.


  1. Specialist subject area training, skills, strengths or interests (Indigenous Knowledge, arts, crafts, games, cooking, etc.)
  2. An interest in participating in areas of the school’s professional and cultural life and being an active member of the school’s professional community.


Enquiries and applications to the Principal:

Applications to include

  • Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria
  • CV and registration documents
  • 2 referees

Applications close 22 October, 2021