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Role: Assistant Director

Location: Mannering Park

Centre: Goodstart Mannering Park

Employment Type: Full-time Fixed Term

Pay: $36-$56 per hour + Super

  • 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 Mannering Park

Our centre is located in the local community of Mannering Park on the Central Coast, conveniently located on Vales Rd, not far from Mannering Park Public school.  

We educate and care for children between 12 months and six years old across two indoor learning spaces.  The learning environments at Goodstart Mannering Park are designed with a focus on inquiry based learning. Our outdoor learning spaces include natural play spaces to encourage children to interact with and care for our natural environment.

Our early learning educational programs cater to each individual child's stage of development, from 12 months of age to preschool-aged children.  Our curriculum is centred around the Early Years Learning Framework and is tailored to your child's unique strengths, needs and interests.  
With a highly experienced team on board, Goodstart Mannering Park offers your family high quality early learning and care.  All of our experienced educators hold formal qualifications, including Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching degrees, Certificate III and Diplomas in Children’s Services and are passionate about delivering a leading early learning curriculum in a welcoming and inspiring environment.   

Our school readiness goals focus on supporting children to transition to school and we have close connections with local schools such as Mannering Park Public School and Wyee Public School.

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 you  r 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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