Career in Early Childhood
Working with Us
Your career at Wonderschool
why work with us
We value our employees and are committed to supporting and developing their careers with sector-leading benefits and attractive employment conditions.
From competitive wages and leave entitlements to brand-new, purpose-built early learning facilities, we offer a range of benefits, including:
- Flexible wage incentives: We offer current and future employees the flexibility to choose from one of four packages with attractive benefits and conditions such as wages 10% above award rates*.
- Competitive leave entitlements: We offer paid stand down over Christmas to align with your contracted days.
- Early childhood care discounts: We offer up to 95% discount on child care fees to permanent employees.**
- Professional development and training: We are committed to developing our staff for the long term. We offer paid traineeships for those new to the sector and other professional development opportunities for more experienced educators, such as professional development days, conferences, and workshops.
- Diverse career pathways and opportunities: Take your career from studying for your traineeship to a centre or business management position or explore career opportunities in compliance, lobbying, HR, policy and marketing, a master’s in early childhood education or a specialisation in the sector.
- Other benefits and incentives: We offer an inclusive and diverse workplace culture, state-of-the-art facilities, a safe and secure environment, free on-site parking, and annual flu shots.
Whether you’re new to the sector or have years of experience, when you join Wonderschool you’ll become part of a community of educators passionate about delivering exceptional early childhood education and care and be provided with the support you need to achieve your career goals.
Positions are available at our current centres in both Canberra and Sydney, and we are also accepting applications for new centres opening across Canberra in 2024. Potential candidates will have the opportunity to visit the relevant Centre to tour the facilities and meet members of the Wonderschool team.
*For employees already earning above this rate, negotiations to occur with HR manager
**Transition to 95% childcare gap discount (limited change in the cost to Wonderschool ). Available to permanent employees with children in a Wonderschool centre
Traineeships are a learning pathway where training and employment are combined to obtain a nationally recognised qualification. This means that you are paid to learn! Traineeships are great for school leavers, people wishing to change careers, upskill or to re-enter the workforce.
Certificate III Educators
Certificate III Educators, often known as Assistant Educators or Team Members, are educators who have completed their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Certificate III Educators will work with their team and Diploma qualified Team Leader or Early Childhood Teacher to support their learning, development, safety and wonder of children.
Diploma educators are educators who have completed their Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. With a Diploma qualification, educators who have the drive, as well as the knowledge and skills, may become Team Leaders (leading a team of educators and children) or choose to be a Diploma qualified Assisting Educator.
All education and care services are required by the Education and Care National Regulations to ensure that 50% of all educators employed hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Early Childhood Teacher
Early Childhood Teachers are teachers who have completed university level early childhood teaching bachelor degrees or ACECQA recognised bachelor degrees. Wonderschool Early Childhood Teachers will ideally have completed a 4 year teaching degree specialising in Early Childhood (Birth to Five Years).
Early Childhood Teachers use their knowledge and skills to lead teams of educators and drive the learning, development and wonder of children.
Wonderschool Cooks will have a commitment to providing delicious and healthy meals to children within our service. Our Cooks will have a strong understanding of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and be committed to sharing their knowledge and love of food with children. Our cooks will also have knowledge around managing food allergies, intolerances and cultural preferences.
Wonderschool Cooks will ideally have completed Food Safety Supervisor training.
What to expect at Wonderschool
We Take Care of our People
Inclusive and diverse workplace culture
We promote a culture rich in knowledge, acceptance, accountability and professionalism.
Safe and secure environment
For both children and staff. Regular audits and training around child centred practices and safety.
Every day is about working ethically and strengthening ties between our team and our Wonderschool families. While upholding an individual’s rights and responsibilities.
Supportive and ‘Human’
We supply Employee Assistance Programs, (free confidential counselling sessions). We have flexible workplace arrangements.
Up to the minute
We provide career opportunities and mentoring. First Aid, Child Protection, Food Safety and CPR paid for.
Other Educator Perks
30% discounted annual childcare fees, annual flu shots, referral program, car park.
Work with us
If you hold ‘Wonder-aligned’ values, can exercise creativity in your day-to-day and are dedicated to the education and care sector, then look no further and enquire to work with Wonderschool today. Professional opportunities are available for Educators who hold or are studying towards their Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Bachelor’s Degree trained teachers.
Early Childhood Education
A Wonderful World of Possibilities
Wonderschool began when a small team of dedicated educators met to redefine the landscape of early education for the Canberra region and beyond. We set out to do things differently. Everything we do is based on our WIRE values: WONDER, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, and EMPOWERMENT. This applies to everything we do, including what your career at Wonderschool looks like. From a traineeship, to educational leader, area manager, policy advisor, and everything in between. You can find a wonderful career at Wonderschool.