|1||21-May-2020||Before & After School Service Manager - Girraween||Sydney, NSW||View|
|SA||Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Check and Catholic Police Check||Diploma Level in Education and Care or Equivalent|
|ACT||Working With Vulnerable People Check||Hold or Studying Diploma Level in Education and Care or equivalent (Must be approved by Regulatory Authority)|
|NSW||Working with Children Check||No requirement|
|NT||Working With Children Clearance||Hold or Studying Diploma Level in Education and Care or equivalent|
|QLD||Blue Card Services||Hold or Studying Diploma Level in Education and Care or equivalent|
|TAS||Working with Children Registration||No requirement|
|VIC||Working With Children Check||Hold or Studying Diploma level in Education and Care or equivalent|
|WA||Working With Children Check||Hold Diploma in Education and Care or equivalent - CIV (4 - 14 years) completed and Hold a Certified Supervisor Certificate|
Coordinators are responsible for role modelling Camp Australia policies and core values (safe, fun, engaging, quality) to staff, children, parents and the school community they work within, including:
Prior to session
NB: *If any booked children do not arrive, follow policies and procedures to ensure all children are safe
Working with Camp Australia is more than a job for Karl – it has become a community, and family, legacy. “My oldest three children are working with Camp Australia and close to 20 friends have joined the company after I referred them,” Karl said.
“Two of my kids wanted to become teachers and I told them the best way to become a good teacher was to work with children from an early age. I’m still working with staff members who have finished their teaching degree but have stayed with Camp Australia because they believe in the program.”
“I love the program’s focus on positivity, resilience and community relationships. I work very closely with teachers at the primary school and we promote a lot of involvement with the parents and kids. There’s a real push to give the kids ownership of what they do.”
“One of the most rewarding moments is when the kids come back after they’ve finished school to visit. I’ve had maybe 10 or 12 come back to see me.”
When Kylie joined Camp Australia six years ago, she was looking for a new challenge. “I come from a family day care background and did that for about eight years before coming across to school-aged children and I just love it,” Kylie said. “It’s fun and engaging and all about the children and what we can do to support them with life skills at navigating everyday experiences. And there’s a real focus on communication with the kids, especially those that don’t come from an advantaged background.”
After helping establish a new service on the NSW Central Coast, Kylie is now ready to take the next step with Camp Australia. “I’ve gone from being a Coordinator to a Mentor Coordinator and now working towards being a Regional Coordinator,” she said. “There are plenty of training opportunities available and lots of support in the company for career progression. You can start as an assistant and work your way up. We now have Operations Managers who started out in the frontline services.”
With nearly seven years’ experience in the childcare sector, working with Camp Australia was a great fit for Alasdair. “It’s a really positive, fun environment to be in and the kids make coming to work a joy,” he said.
“You can be having an awful day, but then you get to play with the kids for a few hours and go home with a big smile on your face. I find kids’ outlooks on life absolutely fascinating. When you show them respect and give them your time, they give you so much back in return.”
Being free to focus on the children’s needs and not weighed down with paperwork was also a welcome change. “I’m not really a numbers person, so having that taken off my work load enables me to work more with the children which is what I enjoy,” Alasdair said. “In a large company there are extra layers of support and such a diverse range of people you can learn from. I also like the flexibility. With smaller OSHC providers you’re tied to one location, but with a national company there are so many options and a lot of scope for career progression.
“Camp Australia gives you a lot of practical experience that is a great foundation for teaching, psychology, social work and children’s services. It gives me the flexibility of being in a manager role while being at university.”
When George was looking for a career change, Camp Australia was the perfect choice. “I was an electrician but my passion was to work with kids. I saw Camp Australia advertising in the paper, so after 15 years as a tradie, I applied for the job and got the position,” he said. “I’ve been with the company for almost three years now and every day is a reward. Every day when I’m in the car driving home I’m thinking what an amazing day it was. I could honestly say Fridays are my Mondays and Mondays are my Fridays. I come to Fridays and I think ‘oh no, it’s the weekend’, but Monday morning I’m thinking ‘it’s a new week – let’s get going’.”
Through Camp Australia’s training program, George is studying a Diploma of Early Childhood while working as a Mentor Coordinator. “Providing the course for me to do at the same time is fantastic, it’s like an apprenticeship,” he said. “I can be working full time and studying online. It’s very flexible and a great way to learn. There’s a strong focus on skills development and career progression.”