Early Parenting Practitioner

Early Parenting Practitioner - Parenting Assessment & Skills Development Program


Northern region

Business hours

Excellent training and support

Use of company vehicle

Free onsite gym

No weekends!!

Formed in 1917, QEC is a 42 bed public hospital and community service organisation that provides a range of residential and in-home services designed to develop parenting competence.  QEC is Victoria’s largest provider of residential and community based early parenting services to families.  QEC delivers a variety of programs to more than 3,800 families annually directly and also in partnership with a variety of government and not for profit partners across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Programs include Assessment and Intake; Residential Parenting Programs (5 day and 10 day), Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Services (residential and community), PlaySteps; Cradle to Kinder, Stronger Families, Hey Babe and Parenting Plus. QEC promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

With locations across Victoria including Noble Park, Wodonga, Preston, Dandenong, Carrum Downs, Bairnsdale and Morwell, QEC employs approximately 130 staff including Maternal and Child Health, paediatric and general nurses, medical practitioner, midwives, psychologists, social workers, and early childhood educators.

At QEC we recognise that the perinatal period is a time of great change. An increasing number of mothers admitted to our programs have mental health concerns which directly impact on their health, their child’s health, parenting and the important bond between mother and child. Our purpose is to help these vulnerable mothers and children by providing specialised services, guidance and education to optimise the outcome for all children.

As an Early Parenting Practitioner you will provide the majority of specialised support, care and education to families experiencing difficulties adjusting to parenthood or managing their relationship with and the care of their infants or young children.  You will visit families and observe them in their home to identify their parenting strengths and challenges. During the course of program, you will assist with the level of parenting competencies and provide intensive teaching, modelling, coaching, encouragement and support to enhance parenting skills in weaker areas.

To be considered for this role you will possess:

Associate/Diploma in Child Care Studies/Community Services or Enrolled Nurse Level 1 (Mothercraft Nurse) or equivalent qualification in a human services discipline

Experience working with families in the health/welfare sector and in the early parenting period

Experience working in community settings such as home based family services and/or long day child care

Highly developed skills and experience in risk and needs assessments and risk management

Sound understanding of child development and the factors that can impede on a child’s development

In return you will be offered a great working environment, attractive hourly rate, salary packing, use of compnay vehicle, laptop, mobile phone as well as excellent training and support.

For a detailed position description including selection criteria, please refer to www.qec.org.au under professionals/employment opportunities.  

Applications addressing the key selection criteria can be forwarded to People and Culture peopleandculture@qec.org.auby Monday 1st October 2018.  For further information please contact People and Culture, 9549 2741.

Appointment is subject to a current immunisation certificate, satisfactory police check and Working with Children Check. QEC employees are required to comply with the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct and the Victorian Child Safe Standards.