Is 2024 the year you become part of something more? Rare opportunity with Gowrie Vic
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Is 2024 the year you become part of something more? Rare opportunity with Gowrie Vic

by Freya Lucas

January 19, 2024

With the start of a new year comes a renewed focus on goals and directions, with many people wondering about making a move into a position which offers something more, something different, and a real opportunity for professional growth and change. 


A rare opportunity has come about to lead the Gowrie Victoria Carlton North service in the position of Centre Director/Manager, a role which offers the successful candidate the chance to be part of a long held legacy of quality and inspirational education and care. 


For 85 years Gowrie Victoria has been at the forefront of high quality learning, not only for children, but for education and care professionals as well. Many in the Victorian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector have fond memories of visiting Gowrie Carlton North to attend a workshop and to buy resources from the shop, viewing the space as one where the very special nature of the work done in the sector is celebrated and showcased. 


Gowrie Victoria remains focused on supporting the professional development of teachers and educators in Victoria, and has extended its reach through its dedicated teams of coaches and mentors based across the state who take the programs once enjoyed at Carlton North directly into services. 


“Our strength is our culture,”  Nicole Pilsworth said. “It is built on a foundation of genuine curiosity. We support our leaders to be effective coaches, to build confidence and to support their team to be reflective, creative and collaborative. This enables us to find new ways to learn, improve and achieve our shared purpose — championing excellence in early learning.”


Gowrie Carlton North, which was the first site in Australia to be established under the Gowrie name, celebrates 85 years of service to the education and care community in 2024, and is synonymous with a culture of genuine relationship, collaboration, the consistent pursuit of excellence and a commitment to professional learning and development. 


At that time they were established, the Commonwealth Government built Gowrie Centres in each Australian capital city, choosing locations close to industrialised areas in an effort to improve the issues of overcrowding, poverty and poor health outcomes for the communities’ children in the years during and following the Second World War.


Gowrie Centres were nationally consistent in terms of architectural features and equipment and programs for children and parents. Each centre was designed to serve as a demonstration and training location for early childhood professionals to model best practices across a range of multidisciplinary services including education, care and health – a legacy which remains today.


From the first day the doors opened in 1939 Gowrie Carlton North, with its large natural outdoor environments, has placed a priority on learning alongside children through a lens of curiosity and wonder, promoting strengths based relationships and learning as a whole community. 


To lead such a special space requires a professional who is committed to championing Excellence in education and care, forming a strong bond with their team, and pursuing collaboration, reflective practice and leadership. 


For a leader who is ready not only to inspire, but also to collaborate meaningfully with their team to drive true quality for children, the role represents a very unique opportunity, and one which does not come around often. 


Leaders with demonstrated experience in advocating and collaborating across the early childhood sector are invited to review the position description before applying here

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