Murrindindi Shire Council seeks FDC educators to combat ECEC shortages

Murrindindi Shire Council seeks FDC educators to combat ECEC shortages

by Freya Lucas

February 08, 2022

Victoria’s Murrindindi Shire Council is seeking local community members, parents and people from neighbouring Shires to consider joining Council’s Murrindindi Family Day Care (FDC) service as an Early Years Educator to address the lack of available early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the area.

 

Murrindindi FDC has been providing care to families for the past 30 years and currently employs 13 educators, who take pride in delivering services to over 300 families and supporting the development and learning of children.

 

“The impact of the Early Years care shortage is currently being felt across our Shire, particular in Alexandra and Eildon,” Council’s Community Wellbeing Portfolio Councillor Damien Gallagher said, adding that at the moment, “it’s really hard for parents to access the care they need.” 

 

“It’s a really great career to pursue. There are a range of obvious benefits in becoming an educator, including being your own boss, the ability to look after your own child while looking after other children, flexible work days and hours, 24/7 support from Council, and opportunities for career development and training,” he added. 

 

The Council is currently offering an incentive package for anyone wanting to kick start their career as an educator, giving up to $2,500 to assist with the purchase of resources like printers, stationery, toys, insurance, and first aid training. 

 

“It’s clear we need more Early Years educators,” Mr Gallagher said. “That’s why we’re encouraging people with experience in early childhood education, who might be thinking about trying something new, to consider a career as a FDC educator.”

 

Those who are interested are invited to contact the council for more information, by phoning Council’s FDC Coordinator Jessie Williams on 03 5772 0333, or by reviewing the website, here

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