Work Life at Explorers
Is there work flexibility at Explorers?
Yes, if you are unable to work full time hours, there are casual positions available. We have a casual pool which enables you to get work in a number of our centres if you would like to. As a casual employee, we will ask you your availability throughout the week and offer shifts to suit you as the need arises.
What Professional Development opportunities will I have access to?
Explorers offers many professional development opportunities, with a range of programs to increase your knowledge and skills as an educator. These include training in the Reggio Emilia philosophy, 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 has a personalised online learning and communication platform which connects all Educators and provides a system for discussion and collaboration. On this platform you can complete multiple online training modules specifically designed by us for us!
What other benefits do you offer at Explorers?
We offer above-award performance-based incentives. You can get up to 10% above-award incentives based on clearly outlined levels of performance.
Extra paid planning time is given, as well as off-the-floor Educational Leaders and Centre management to support all educators.
We hold an annual Awards Night and recognise and celebrate our educators.
There is a wonderful team atmosphere in our centres and staff have lots of fun with each other as well as with the children.
Can I develop my career at Explorers?
Yes – Explorers supports the development of our employees’ careers. We support our educators to build skills and knowledge to then apply for new roles and opportunities within our organisation. As we grow we are thrilled to see so many of our team take on new challenges. 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 play 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 assess their progress
- Establish strong partnerships with families and encourage 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, Ashwood, Brighton East, Croydon, Surrey Hills (Stanley Terrace), Surrey HIlls (Elgar Road), Williams Landing, Mernda, Tarneit, Nunawading, Beaconsfield, Greenvale, Mornington and Williamstown.
We have new centres opening across Melbourne. Our Head Office is located at 110 Bridport St Albert Park VIC 3206.
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 Co-Educators to Lead Educators. Lead Educators 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) and a valid visa which allows you to work in Australia.
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:
- We care for and respect each other
- We practice what we promise
- We think like our customer
- We innovate to be a step ahead
- We understand the small things are huge