Published January 24, 2023
Last Modified January 24, 2023
Odyssey House Victoria
28 Bonds Road, Australia
Job Type
Lower Plenty
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
February 23, 2023

Job Description

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Lead Childhood Educator


  • Full-time, Maximum term contract until 30 June 2024.
  • Based at Lower Plenty  
  • $79,136 - $85,149 per annum (neg), plus super
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options
  • Progressive Workplace Flexibility options that enables genuine work life balance

About Odyssey House Victoria:

Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) is a place of hope and positive change for individuals working towards breaking their pattern of addiction. At Odyssey House we believe that every person should have the opportunity to change and grow. Our diverse teams work with individuals, families, and communities to reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, improve mental health, and reconnect people to their family and the community. OHV is a dynamic and fast-growing organisation committed to excellence in service provision and innovation in responding to alcohol and other drugs use problems.

About The Lower Plenty Therapeutic Community (TC):  

OHV’s adult residential rehabilitation program at Lower Plenty provides live-in treatment for individuals, couples and parents with their children (aged 0-12 years old). Operating as a therapeutic community, the values-based program provides a structured environment where up to 143 residents and 30 staff work together to help people make changes and choices on their pathway to recovery. Part of the TC is the onsite Children’s Centre which forms part of the specialized Family Services Program, offering a unique play and learning environment for the development of children aged 0-5 years and providing additional programs for children aged 6-12 after school and on school holidays, working closely in supporting resident families. The Centre provides childcare experiences tailored to meet the needs of individual children. The Centre is open Monday to Friday, and assists in providing an environment that is secure, and nurturing, and will support the safety, social and emotional wellbeing and developmental needs, and protection of all children.

Role Purpose:

The Lead Childhood Educator provides care and education to meet the needs of individual children in residence at the TC. The key purpose of the position is to implement and enhance the delivery of the children’s programs and to inform the development of policies and initiatives as required, creating a secure, and nurturing environment for children, and promoting and maximizing opportunities for the children to develop to their full potential.

The secondary purpose is to assist and support the Family Services Team Leader to maintain a trauma informed approach that is guided by Best Interest principles and delivers a high-quality program, demonstrating an awareness of the children and families from the alcohol and other drug sector.

Key areas of focus:

Program and Education Services

Develop and implement an effective educational program in the service, and actively lead the implementation of the quality agenda in the development of high-quality learning programs in Early Childhood Services. You will also support families in developing an understanding about the importance of play and leisure-based learning, and the significance of the early years in the educational continuum for children.

Children’s Centre

Alongside Childhood Family Facilitator and Childhood Educators, you will assist children in their daily activities and routines (e.g., meals, sleeping, cleaning up) within Childhood Education activities. You will deliver therapeutic structured programs that are responsive to the changing needs of the children and enhance the individual developmental outcomes of each child, and record individual children’s progress and their progress towards developmental milestones. You will also oversee the planning and delivery of after school programs and school holiday programs; and

Family Support
Working closely with the resident parents, you will be utilising strengths based approaches  and activities to work through children’s behaviours, help repair relational fractures, and assist families in developing positive parenting skills and build connections. Furthermore, you will be expected to keep an open dialogue between resident parents, specialist Children Centre’s team members and wider Family Services team regarding observations of the children.

You will be expected to adhere to the 7 National Quality standards (NQS) which will be achieved through implementing the NQS within the implementation of educational programs and assessment planning cycles, ensuring a safe physical environment is available for children, ensure there is a minimum child ratio requirement of qualified and experienced educators, guide and develop educators and families to achieve quality outcomes for children and ensure staff are adhering to policies and procedures related to planning and programming. In addition to this, you will be required to comply with relevant legislative and statutory requirements.

Carry out duties to maintain our Child Safe organisation. Responsibilities must be underpinned by inclusive practice when working with and among diverse individuals.

A week in the role:
If you were here last week, you would have:

  • Planned the routine of the children.
  • Spoken with the resident volunteers on how to support Educators.
  • Participated in Family Services weekly team meeting.
  • Gone for a walk along the Yarra.
  • Had a delicious lunch alongside the children.

Who are WE looking for?

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Educator to work closely with our Family Services Team Leader and other Child Centre educators to enhance the delivery of the children’s program.

To be successful in this role, you must…

  • Hold a relevant degree in Early Childhood Education or Children’s Services as recognised by ACECQA (or equivalent).
  • Have completed or able to complete within the first 12 months of employment the required AOD competencies * refer to appendix A.
  • Current Level II First Aid certificate.
  • Current Anaphylaxis Training certificate.
  • Current Mandatory Reporting Training.
  • A current Victorian drivers license.
  • Knowledge and experience in implementing Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standards (NQS).
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the developmental stages of children aged 0-5 years (6-11 years highly desirable)
  • Experience working with children who have additional needs and challenging behaviours.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of approved learning frameworks to stimulate, engage and enhance children’s learning and development.
  • Demonstrated understanding and acceptance of different social and cultural values and attitudes to raising children.
  • Be able to self-regulate and self-monitor own behaviours, practice self-reflection at all times, display a commitment to realistically assess own personal strengths, limitations, biases, and effectiveness, and remain open to feedback and constructive criticism
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance and application of inclusive practice when working with people from diverse communities, such as cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance and application of intersectionality when working with people from all cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds

*Appendix A (AOD Competencies)

OHV requires staff in clinical positions to have the following competencies (or their equivalent). Where people do not already have these competencies, OHV will invest in the staff’s professional development by providing them through our registered training organisation (RTO).

The competencies required in the first 12 months of employment are:

  • CHCAOD001 – Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCAOD004 – Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD006 – Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD009 – Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

What we can give YOU!

In return we are committed to offering you an inclusive and transparent workplace culture where our people can develop to be their very best by:

  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Providing work that is meaningful and challenging, with career development opportunities through project and secondment opportunities and succession planning
  • Providing career pathways across diverse OHV programs.
  • Access to 24/7 counselling through our Employee Assistance Provider (EAP)
  • Generous leave options such as 48/52 Purchase Leave, Study Leave and Sabbaticals
  • Flexible working arrangements such as, school-orientated part-year hours and monthly RDO’s for full-timers (arrangements will vary based on role requirements).

In addition to the above, staff will also be provided monthly Clinical Supervision sessions for professional development and personal wellbeing

Application information

Please apply directly via our careers website (applications via external recruitment websites or via email will not be considered)

Applications should be addressed to Stacee Tilley and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Stacee Tilley – Family Services Team Leader on, 0457 657 918 or at

We will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and suitable candidates will be shortlisted immediately. This role will close once a suitable candidate has been selected, so please don’t wait to apply!

Our commitment to diversity

At OHV we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions by encouraging people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, LGBTQIA, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Safety screening

OHV is committed to child safety and is a child safe organisation. All OHV employees must undergo Police Records and Working with Children Checks. Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with us.

Mandatory COVID vaccinations

In line with recent Victorian Government mandatory vaccination requirements for the health industry, and OHV's Mandatory Vaccination Policy, all Odyssey House Victoria staff are required to hold full vaccination status, and effective as of 1 March 2022 also have received the Booster Vaccination. Evidence of such vaccination status will be requested during the onboarding process and offers will be rescinded where such evidence cannot be provided.

All Odyssey House Victoria sites are smoke free for all employees.