Education Support


Reference: 1189370

Location Profile

Aurora School is a Department of Education & Training school which specialises in Early Intervention and Early Education programs for deaf and deafblind children throughout Victoria with campuses in Blackburn South and Sunshine.

Aurora School Early Intervention program is a statewide Department of Education & Training service for young deaf children aged 0 to 6 and their families. Aurora provides regular support to families in their homes and to children in kindergartens, child care centres and through baby learning groups across the state. Bilingual programs are provided in which young deaf children are encouraged to acquire early communication and language skills by being exposed to both spoken and signed languages. The development of children’s listening skills is encouraged at all times.

Aurora School Community Kindergarten provides 3 and 4 year old programs for local community children and deaf/hearing impaired children enrolled at Aurora School. This inclusive program provides a well-supported, safe and nurturing environment for all children.

The Early Education Program specialises in education programs for young deaf children from three years of age. Within an Early Childhood Curriculum Framework there is a strong emphasis on the development of communication skills (listening, speaking, signing, reading and writing) and effective use of both expressive and receptive language. We provide a Bilingual program ensuring children have access to both English and Auslan role models.

This role is specific to the Early Education Program and based at the Blackburn South campus.

All staff work in multidisciplinary teams to support the needs of children.



Selection Criteria

Please provide written responses to each of the selection criteria.

SC1 A strong desire to work with and encourage young deaf children to communicate.

SC2 Demonstrated ability or aptitude to communicate effectively with deaf and hard of hearing children.

SC3 Understanding or willingness to develop knowledge of Deaf culture, deafness and its implications.

SC4 Ability to work within the classroom as an English Language model for the children.

SC5 Ability to work as part of a Bilingual team and a member of the whole school community.

SC6 An interest in and knowledge of Early Childhood learning based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and the Victorian Early Years Learning and development Framework.

SC7 A keenness to work with young deaf children in a variety of settings, supervising and supporting individuals and small groups of children as required.




Responsibilities

To provide high quality communication when interacting with the children, staff and parents.

  • To work as a team member, sharing classroom responsibilities.
  • To play an active role in the supervision of children and to ensure their safety at all times including the classroom, playground and on excursions.
  • To assist the Teacher of the Deaf to deliver a quality Early Years Program based on the Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework.
  • To operate as an English Language role model and interact with students, staff and the School Community as an integral part of the Bilingual (English/Auslan) Program.
  • To attend professional development .
  • To undertake other duties as directed by the Principal.


Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

A Certificate 3 in Early Childhood is an advantage.


EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.


Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx


DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx


Other Information

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check, sign an employment letter and a pre-Employment Health Check.


Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply and induction and support programs provided.