- have a passion for working with children?
- hold a minimum of a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services, or are happy to enrol and complete the course within 12 months?
- have, or are willing to gain, approved certification in First Aid, CPR, and Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management Training?
- have a willingness to go Above and Beyond the norm when it comes to your work and career?
- have a positive attitude towards documentation and paperwork requirements? (It’s a moderate amount, but this work is a lawful required part of your daily tasks)
- have an interest in whole foods, healthy living, and see the world with open eyes?
- want to work somewhere where ‘meaningful experiences’ are a normal everyday part of life?
- want to spend lots of time creating, painting, crafting, drawing, cooking, baking, gardening, singing, storytelling, making movement circles, laughing and gently but firmly caring for little ones?
- have a love of organisation, and love it when ‘everything has a place, a place for everything?
- live in QLD or NSW?
- have the ability to use your home or a nearby ‘venue’ as your approved workplace? (Applying to use a venue for FDC is now a challenging task, so a home or home-like space is ideal. Please ask for more details.)
If you answered YES to these questions, you are in the right place. Read on.
Key Themes supported by Rainbow Bridge Family Day Care Educators
- Educators value Sustainability, Nature, Seasonal Changes, and caring for ‘Mother Earth’
- Educators are ethical, honest, and act with integrity
- Educators are connected and “conscious”
- Educators offer Curriculums that are Rhythmical in nature – Educators and children are supported by daily, weekly, seasonal and celebratory rhythms (We’ll teach you how to do this)
- Educators are inspired to deliver Creative Education (We guide and support you with all this too! It’s the fun part.)
- Educators offer meaningful storytelling, songs, and circle times
- Curriculums are earth-friendly, and include nature-based programs
- Children participate in Real Life activities every day. Real-life tasks are meaningful, and thoughtful.
- The daily work of life, such as cooking, crafting, baking, cleaning, polishing, washing, gardening, drying, organising, and sorting, is the backbone of our educator’s programs, giving children a role model for imitative play, as well as an opportunity to join in, develop self-regulation, and independence.
- Educators offer Whole Food cooking experiences. Our educators strive to ensure they use ingredients that are healthy and health promoting. (Eg organic, from the farmer’s market, whole-food as close to its natural state as possible). Some of them provide full menus.
- Does your child eat a raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, sugar-free, or wheat-free diet? Our educators work with families to support each child’s individual needs.
- Our educators also enjoy happy mindful mealtimes WITH children (and model healthy relationships with food through imitation)
- Educator homes are filled with handmade toys, toys made from natural materials (recycled plastics, timber, cotton, sustainable fabrics), and toys with a history. Plastic toys are limited where possible.
- Imaginative play (with loose parts) is a focus of your programming. (Educators use storytelling, singing, circle times, direct instruction, and the Principle of Imitation to help children build and develop their creative inner forces for play so you no longer have to be an ‘entertainment director’)
- Educators promote gardening experiences, composting, worm farms, growing food, and experiencing all the parts of “Paddock to Plate”
- “Learning’ occurs throughout ALL activities, tasks and activities initiated by the educator but predominantly, through the children’s play and spontaneous activities that arise from this
- Maths, science, language, nutrition, and art are equally valued.
- Human relationships between educator and child is key. There are NO televisions used to ‘entertain’ your children at any time, nor screens to get in the way of a genuine relationship and connection with each child.
- Educators abide by our guideline: No “Craptivities” – time wasting activities that have no purpose eg ‘junk into junk’ art experiences such as painting toilet rolls
- Educators offer quality art and craft experiences, often with a long-range focus or ‘real-life’ use (eg painting and sewing a pillow for resting time)
- “Truth, Beauty, Goodness” is your foundation stone
- Community values, and personal growth, are two of your professional and personal goals for your chosen career
- Educators offer Seasonal Festivals and Community Gatherings four times a year, supported by service staff
- Sacred rest is important.
- Happy and healthy, trusting relationships with the children in your groups is your number one goal.
What Rainbow Bridge Family Day Care Service Does for You
- CCS (childcare subsidy) approved. This is a key ingredient for securing families to fill your vacancies.
- The ability to charge what you believe you are worth, within our schedule of fees ($10.05 – $16.00 per child per hour) as a result of the commitment you have to training and working as a holistic educator.
- We help you source training (mandatory training such as CPR, first aid, child protection etc)
- We provide Seasonal Planning & Craft Days, four times per year. These Sundays are a source of inspiration, sharing, resource making, crafting, eating and fun!
- We provide our RBFDC signature “Foundation Training” modules FREE to you, to guide you in holistic education and what that means on a practical level (10 sessions)
- We provide our signature CREATIVE BOOSTER workshops (weekend dates, as required)
- LOTS and LOTS of support with planning, documenting and critically evaluating your curriculum and program in line with the EYLF/NQS/QIP
- Fortnightly or once-per-three-weeks visits with a Field Coordinator, dependent on your skill, confidence and experience, for mentorship, monitoring, and support
- Access to Phone Support with a Rainbow Bridge Director or Field Coordinator at all times
- CCS processing on your behalf
- We take care of all family payments on your behalf, and make payments to you weekly! You never have to chase late fees or non-payers again. Focus your skills and abilities on the children’s learning and development, as you want to.
- We take you through a comprehensive induction process, help you with Set Up support, provide you with a Professional Folder and Personalised Educator Planner, and are there with you every step of the way as you make your home ready
- Family referrals where possible
Meaningful and Well-Paid work as an Early Childhood Educator
If you are looking to make your vocation your vacation, AND want MEANINGFUL, fulfilling work in the Early Childhood Sector, with a focus on self development, personal growth, connections with a creative ‘tribe’ of colleagues, and the ability to “fire up your creative spark!”, please read all the information in this section and then call Victoria on 0448 996 630 to arrange a home-based interview.
Sound like something you’d like to know more about?
Or email us for more information.
We will send you a copy of the Fit and Proper Service Membership Application Form, our Training Calendar, the Residence or Venue Assessment Form so you can start assessing your home’s suitability, and our Educator Handbook.
Victoria is ready to take your call today on 0448 996 630