Role: Assistant Director

Location: Tamworth, NSW

Centre: Goodstart Calala

Employment Type: Part-time, 30 hours per week


  • Use your experience in early learning and work alongside our Centre Director to support our centre and team
  • Competitive pay at least 7% above award + a range of benefits including childcare discount + salary packaging available
  • Work for Australia’s largest early learning Not-for-Profit


Are you an experienced early learning professional who’s ready to take their career to the next level, honing leadership skills and helping to build a successful business?

As the Assistant Director, you will use your experience and leadership qualities to engage and motivate your centre team to drive continuous improvement in all aspects across centre operation. You will work in collaboration with your centre leadership team and establish respectful and reciprocal relationships with families and engage in networks within the centre’s local community.


In this role, you will:

  • Support the Centre Director in the leadership of the team to provide high-quality early learning and care
  • Mentor and build capabilities within the centre team
  • Be responsible for the overall management of the centre in the Centre Director’s absence
  • Use and implement the Goodstart Practice Guide

About Goodstart

Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Calala is located close to schools, shops and parks, in a developing area of Tamworth. We are proud of our centre and encourage you to visit, so we can show you what makes us special and why we are rated ‘exceeding’.

The educators of Goodstart Calala Tamworth are very dedicated early childhood professionals with many years of experience and various qualifications, who are committed to working in partnership with families to provide a wonderful early childhood experience. The commitment and dedication of our Centre’s educators ensures all children are provided with amazing opportunities to develop and learn. Our service philosophy is ‘Respect’ and this is visible in our environments, interactions and everyday practices.
This is all made simpler through our intuitive Storypark platform, which enables us to maintain consistent and clear communications with families. That means we are better placed to support a child in their learning journey, ensure parents have peace of mind, and time stamp the children’s developments, milestones and achievements.
We are extremely proud of our outdoor learning spaces and when we have visitors to the centre they are often surprised by the amount of space and exciting learning opportunities provided. Our outdoor areas are a balance of natural and manmade elements and play surfaces – with cubby house, running river bed, large sandpits with water flow, edible gardens, citrus trees, laying chickens, sensory areas, life size boat, climbing equipment, raised stages, outdoor picnic areas, plenty of shade, as well as open spaces for running, riding bikes and keeping active. We have an interest in loose parts and children’s own agency in play, which provides for some amazing exploration and learning to take place.
We believe that family and community are fundamental to children finding their place of belonging in our world, so we often have fun days, centre visits and excursions. We have embedded Kamilaroi language into our daily learning and continue to explore Aboriginal culture and local stories. Regular excursions within our local community provide wonderful learning opportunities for the children to explore our neighborhood in Calala.


What Goodstart can offer you:

  • We truly value you – that’s why we pay more. At Goodstart, Assistant Directors get at least 7% above the award rate
  • Up to 50% discount off your childcare gap fees and 4 weeks paid parental leave – increasing to 6 weeks from December 2023 
  • Tax benefits through salary packaging – a great way to pay for expenses with money from your salary before tax is taken out
  • Paid professional development - we offer a range of opportunities to grow your skills and your career 
  • Wellbeing focus - you’ll get two wellbeing days included in your personal leave per year
  • Additional leave - you’ll have the option to purchase extra leave for even greater work life balance  
  • Retail discounts - you’ll save money on insurance, travel and technology
  • Uniform allowance and employee referral program
  • Security and stability - as Australia’s largest provider of early learning and care and a not-for-profit social enterprise, we exist purely to improve the lives of Australia’s children and their families


If you have previous experience as an Assistant Director or in a centre leadership position, or similar, then we’d love to talk to you about which of our amazing opportunities would be the best fit for you.


How to apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ and submit your application.
We review applications as they are submitted. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible for your best chance to progress to the next stage of the process.
We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all positions.

Have a question? Contact our Talent Acquisition Team on 1800 222 543 or via email  


Supporting our people and protecting our children

We’re an equal opportunity employer that is proud of our inclusive and diverse work environment. We know that Goodstarters from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences strengthen our teams and help us grow. We’re also deeply committed to Reconciliation and creating an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People feel a strong sense of belonging and connection.

Safety is our priority and we will take any action necessary to ensure that all children can feel safe and be safe, and are safeguarded from abuse, neglect and harm. As a Child Safe Organisation, all of our candidates must have or obtain a valid working with children check.


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Posting Notes: CALALA, TAMWORTH || NSW || Australia (AU) || | || Diploma - Children's Services or equiv || Part-Time

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