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Centre Cook – Safe Haven Initiative

Organisation : Uniting

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Community Services

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 28 Aug, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Uniting

About the role

  • Part-time, maximum-term position to December 2025
  • Research Initative replicating the Early Years Education Program
  • Unique opportunity supporting children living with significant adversity

About the opportunity

Uniting, in partnership with Victorian Department of Education and The Parkville Institute are preparing to open the first research replication centre for the Early Years Education Program. This service located in Richmond will seek to determine whether children, recruited with the same eligibility criteria as those in the trial project, can achieve the same remarkable learning and development outcomes. This will be one of three replication sites established in Australia.

This service will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to ensure the model is implemented with fidelity. The service will operate with lower child to staff ratios, with a maximum of 48 children attending 5 hours per day Monday to Friday and with most educators and teachers employed full-time.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute significantly to research that could shape the future of the early childhood sector in Australia.

“The early years program model responds to the message from respected economists and child development experts that investing early in quality, cohort-focused programs saves money and time on costly remediation and other interventions when children are at school. If you want to be part of this type of approach then this is the position for you! I’m looking forward to working with you in this innovative model.” -Dr Anne Kennedy

View the full position description here.

About you

The Centre Cook of this research replication site will have experience in the planning, preparation and delivery of highly nutritious meals for young children.

You will be able to work autonomously in the day-to-day delivery of meals, while contributing to the broader discussions around healthy eating and collaborating with the wider team on menu changes and alterations.

A clear interest and / or experience in working with children in an early childhood setting and as part of a multidisciplinary team are essential for this role.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, apply today by submitting:

  • Cover letter (1 page outlining your suitability according to the position description)
  • Current resume (no more than 3 pages).

Applications close on Wednesday the 20th of July, 2022.

Get in touch

For more information regarding this position, please contact Jonathon Mitchell, Program & Project Delivery Manager on 0429 003 123 during business hours or via

About Uniting

At Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

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Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking. It is a condition of employment that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

How to apply

Please click on the apply now button for further details.

Please quote in application: Centre Cook - Safe Haven Initiative via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services
Sector: #Aged_Care_and_Seniors, #Children, #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Community_Support_Services, #Disabilities, #DomesticFamily_Violence, #Drug_Alcohol_and_Addiction, #Education_and_Employment, #Education_and_Training, #Employment_Services, #Families, #Foundations_Trusts_and_Philanthropy, #Health_–_General, #Homelessness_and_Affordable_Housing, #Humanitarian, #Law_Justice_and_Human_Rights, #Media, #Men, #Mental_Health, #Social_Enterprise, #Women, #Youth_and_Young_People


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