• On the job training with qualified professionals that will help you succeed!
  • Gain a Qualification | Earn while you learn | Work towards a career in childcare
  • Shellharbour Location | Friendly and Supportive Team

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, passionate, responsible and caring individual to work towards and be paid to receive their Cert III in Early Childhood Education & Care through a Traineeship.

This is your opportunity to join our amazing, fun and dedicated team in a full-time, one year fixed term capacity.

During this hands-on traineeship you will combine study with on-the-job training to gain skills and experience in working with children, as well as working towards obtaining a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Who we are:

Big Fat Smile is a values-led organisation. Its vision is that we enrich the lives and minds of children and families in their community. Our values are Inclusion, Integrity, Safety, Child-centric, Collaboration and Leadership.

We are a not for profit, community owned, non government organisation which provides high quality care and education for children, national and state wide inclusion services as part of a National Consortia and operate many community based services to children and families. These include transition to school and supported playgroups.

Big Fat Smile is a child safe organisation, committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children entrusted to our care. We demonstrate this commitment through embedding of the Child Safe Standards in culture, policies, procedures and practice. Big Fat smile has a zero tolerance for child abuse and harm and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and acted upon.

What you’ll do:

The trainee is an important part of the team in the Community Preschool. You will be provided with hands on experience whilst working towards your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. And the best part is that you can earn while you learn!

As our trainee, you will be helped to build knowledge and experience within Early Childhood Education and Care. Your team, centre leadership and your assessor will help to guide you through each day, making sure that you feel a part of the team and always supported.

As our Early Childhood Educator Trainee at Big Fat Smile, we offer you:

  • Paid hands-on training to complete your Cert III in Early Childhood Education & Care
  • Time during work hours to complete your studies
  • Access to resources to help you complete your studies
  • Opportunities to progress your career after completing your Traineeship
  • Support in developing and maintaining positive working relationships with families and your team
  • Access to a network of colleagues, training and future job opportunities at one of our many Big Fat Smile centre locations
  • Quality teaching and educational resources
  • Sector leading conditions
  • Inclusive work environments
  • Staff discounts on childcare and partner offerings

What you need:

  • Capacity to complete the theoretical component of the traineeship
  • Must not hold a current Certificate III qualification or above in Child Care or any other field
  • Must be willing to obtain a paid Working with Children Check
  • Must be over 18 years of age and an Australian citizen/permanent resident
  • Commitment to inclusive practices, child safety and protection
  • Willing to have fun, be creative and be invested in the learning of children
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with children and families
  • Proven ability to be reliable, professional and punctual
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member
  • Understanding of Workplace Health and Safety
  • A good level of physical fitness

Apply now and join our friendly and supportive team today!