Role: Occupational Therapist
Location: Hobart, TAS
Supporting Centres: Goodstart Glenorchy and Claremont
Employment Type: Part-time 2 days per week, 12-month Fixed Term Contract (flexible on which days)
At Goodstart, we’re all about laying the foundation for better lives through amazing early learning experiences, and we know that we can’t do that without great people!
From our centre directors to centre teams, we work together to make a real difference for children in those crucial early years.
As a not-for-profit with a vision for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.
Safety, health and wellbeing are more than just words to us, they are a personal commitment and a promise we make to our children, our families and each other every day.
We have an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join our Social Inclusion team supporting our Enhancing Children's Outcomes (EChO) centres in Glenorchy and Claremont. You will be working closely with the Educators within our centres to provide specific advice and coaching regarding strategies to improve the outcomes of highly vulnerable children.
- Deliver Occupational Therapy services that are grounded in established organisational Practice Frameworks, adapted to support the needs of individual Children and different Centre teams.
- Deliver Occupational Therapy services in alignment with the organisational approach to children with varied funding and governance considerations (e.g. School Readiness Funding, NDIS)
- Support and empower early years educators to build the capability to observe, identify and explain any concerns related to the learning, development and well-being of children within the centre.
- Promote an integrated, evidence-informed approach to deliver improved outcomes for children and families
- Undertake observations between children and educators and provide feedback to support the ongoing development of the child-educator relationship
- Provide formal and informal consultation and coaching around evidence-informed practices that enhance childrens care and education
- Create strong external linkages to community supports and services that will best meet the needs of children and families.
- Support our educators to communicate and engage with parents around the needs of their child
- Make referrals to allied health services as required
You’ll help achieve this by
- Tertiary qualifications in Occupational Therapy
- Strong understanding of child development (birth - 5 years)
- Strong understanding of participation focused interventions
- Strong understanding of evidence-based outcome measures such as Goal Attainment Scaling and the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure
- Experience working in the early childhood context, and understanding of the key occupational needs of children 0-5
- Experience working with young children and families, particularly vulnerable children and families
What Goodstart can offer you
- Work for a company that has an aspiration to be globally recognised for early years practice and learning outcomes
- Gain significant investment in your growth and development with support, tools, training and experiences that will truly enhance the progress and outcomes for children in their earliest years.
- Be a part of a team and work environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging, inclusion and purpose
- Not-For-Profit Salary Packaging benefits which reduces your taxable income to increase take home pay
- Access to discounted childcare (up to 15%)
- Flexible work arrangements giving you choice about when and how work will be done in order to better manage your work and non-work needs
- Discounted health care and access to employee wellbeing program with BUPA
- Exclusive discounts on travel, gym memberships, Apple and Dell products, and more….
How to apply:
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Supporting our people and protecting our children
We are an equal opportunity employer that is proud of our inclusive and diverse work environment. We support and encourage individual growth and strong teams that are made up of many different cultures and backgrounds.
We are deeply committed to Reconciliation and creating an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People feel connected and a strong sense of belonging. By weaving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives through all that we do, we aim to build knowledge and a deeper understanding of our First Nations People and culture for all in our team