Work Life at Explorers
Is there work flexibility at Explorers?
Yes, if you are unable to work full time hours, we recommended applying for a casual position. As a casual employee, we will ask you your availability throughout the week and offer shifts to suit you, if they are available.
What Professional Development opportunities will I have access to?
Explorers offer professional development opportunities such a study tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy, Reggio Emilia approach workshops, and access to seminars and lectures by leading professionals in the industry. We will also organise First Aid, Anaphylaxis, CPR and Asthma training for you.
Explorers have a personalised online earning and communication platform which connects all Educators together and provides a system for discussion and collaboration. On this platform you can complete multiple online training modules specifically designed by us for us!
Can I develop my career at Explorers?
Yes – Explorers support the development of our employee’s careers. We support our staff to build skills and knowledge to then apply for new roles and opportunities within our organisation. See Career Pathways for more information.
What is your philosophy?
The core of our philosophy is based around supporting our children, families, educators, community and environment. For more information see Our Philosophy. The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Learning is deeply embedded in the Explorers philosophy. We incorporate their beliefs and understandings of children and learning into our values and daily practice. This unique approach to education consists of a strong image of children, adults, of education and of life. Click here for more information on the Reggio Emilia approach.
How does Explorers approach the Educator’s role in the learning and development of each child?
At Explorers we believe our Educators hold a vital role in the learning and development of children. We expect our Educators to:
- Plan a curriculum to promote children’s development
- Carefully plan and prepare the environment
- Interact with the children to promote learning
- Provide nurture, guidance and support to children
- Observe children and assessing their progress
- Establish strong partnerships with families and encouraging their involvement
What is the dress code?
Explorers promotes an all-black dress code with closed in, comfortable shoes. We provide an apron for our Educators to wear to protect their clothing.
What are the Explorers locations?
Explorers currently have centres in Armadale, Abbotsford, Maidstone, Point Cook, Brighton East, Preston, Upper Point Cook, Surrey Hills and Williams Landing. We have new centres opening in Tarneit, Williamstown, Nunawading and Mernda. Our Head Office is located at 117 Kooyong Road, Armadale.
Do I get curriculum planning time?
Each room is entitled to 4 hours a week of non-contact programming and planning time. How these hours are shared are determined by the Room Leader.
What are the different career paths available?
We support and encourage our Educators to grow from casual or part time Assistant Educators to Room Leaders. Room Leaders are encouraged to build the skills and experience to become Educational Leaders and Directors in Training. Educators are also able to move centre locations when necessary or appropriate.
We also encourage our staff to build their careers within Head Office roles such as administration, recruitment, finance, operations and marketing.
For more information please see our Career Pathways page.
Recruitment and Application Process
Can I apply for more than one role / location?
Yes – you can apply for multiple roles and locations.
Can I apply if I am not a permanent resident or am in the process for applying for my permanent residency?
To be successful in your application you will need to have your relevant educational qualifications recognized by ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority).
What qualifications do I need to apply?
The necessary qualifications vary between roles. At a minimum, you must be studying towards or have completed an ACECQA approved early childhood qualification. Click here to check if you have an approved ACEQA approved qualification.
What do you look for in applicants?
Explorers look for individuals who are passionate about our philosophy and possess similar values. Click here to see our philosophy.
Our values are:
- Respect and integrity – Gains trust of all through the level of care shown to others
- Environment – Considers the impact of their early learning service on the environment and promotes environmental sustainability
- Collaboration – Works together to strive to be leaders in the industry
- Passion and Pride – Passionate about their profession, individual input and how it contributes to the overall quality of Explorers’ service.
I’ve submitted an application. What happens next?
See our ‘How to Apply’ page for more information.
What do I need to include in my application?
You are required to provide a resume, cover letter and minimum of one reference.
Can I stop and save my application and come back to it later?
Yes – Once you’ve registered yourself on our Careers Portal you will be able to save your application and re-visit it at a later date.
Can I modify my application and information at any time?
Yes – Once registered on our Careers Portal you can modify your application and profile at any time, even after you have submitted your application.
How can I check the status of my application?
Yes – You can log in to our Careers Portal to see your application’s status.
Do I receive confirmation that my application was received successfully?
If your application was successfully uploaded into the system you will receive an email notification confirming your submission. You can also view your application history once you’ve registered in our Careers Portal. If you are having trouble submitting your application please email [email protected]
Will I be informed if I am not selected for an interview?
Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email.
If I do not receive an interview, can I reapply for another position?
Yes – you are able to apply for as many positions as you see fit.
What should I expect during the interview process?
Successful candidates will be contacted to arrange a short 5-10 minute phone interview. Here we will chat to you, get to know you, answer any of your questions and briefly discuss your application.
If your phone interview is successful, you will be contacted for an in-person interview. This interview will be of a similar nature, whilst going into a bit more detail. This is a great time for you to ask any more questions you may have.
How can I update the CV or information I provided?
You will be able to update your resume and details via our Careers Portal.
How does Explorers support diversity?
Explorers is an equal opportunity employer and will accept and consider all applications from candidates who possess the correct qualifications and experience for the jobs advertised.
Will you contact my former employees for a reference?
If you are successful in the in-person interview, we will let you know we’d like to contact your references and them call them accordingly.
I already work at Explorers, where do I apply for a new role?
All applicants must apply for the role advertised within our Careers Portal.
Our Careers Portal
Why should I register on the Careers portal?
Registering on the Careers Portal means you can build a profile, view job opportunities, apply for jobs, register your interest for future suitable roles, receive personalised job alerts, track the progress of your applications and update your preferences.
Why should I sign up for job alerts?
Signing up for job alerts means you will be alerted via email whenever jobs of your preference arise. Take advantage of getting a timely email to apply for your desired job before other applicants.
I no longer wish to receive updates of future job postings by Explorers Early Learning. How can I remove my information from the Careers Portal?
To remove your information from the Careers Portal, simply go to your profile employment preferences and deactivate your account.
How long will my details be kept by Explorers?
Your details will be kept by Explorers until you deactivate your account.
Is my personal information secure?
Yes all personal information you provide will remain confidential and secure.
Forgot your username or password?
Click the ‘Forgotten Password or Username’ link on the login page, enter your email address and an automatic email will be sent to you either detailing your username or providing a link to reset your password.