Early Parenting Practitioner

Gippsland Region (Morwell office)

Full time, Monday to Friday 

Work within a multi disciplinary team

12 month fixed term contract 

For over 100 years the Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC) has provided specialised care, support and guidance to help parents manage the many challenges that arise during early parenthood, from before birth until 48 months. QEC advocates child focused and family-centred practices underpinned by a philosophy that family is the principal source of care for children, offering services and programs that are culturally relevant and accessible to all clients. Public services are delivered at QEC's Noble Park site and/or through regional community bases.  We provide services to Victorian families and specialise in working with vulnerable families in our community.


We work in partnership with families to understand their challenges and develop strategies to overcome them. These are incorporated into an action plan that our staff work through with parents. These programs might include a one, five or ten day residential program at QEC Noble Park, intensive in home support or involvement in a ten week, or ongoing group program. Parents experience a real life in confidence when they experience these strategies in action. The action plan helps the family to continue to work on these strategies at home and embed the changes. The team at QEC also work with the families to connect them to services and support in their own communities.


Many of our families are exposed to serious adversity including family violence, trauma, alcohol and substances abuse and mental health problems leading to reduced capacity to provide safe, consisted parenting. Our programs support families to achieve better life outcomes for their children, transform and develop family resilience, community connections and develop stronger social capital, major determinants of individual and community health.


As part of a home based team, the Early Parenting Practitioner, under the support and guidance of the Program Coordinator, 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.  The team will assist the family to identify their parenting strengths and challenges. During the course of program, EPPs undertake assessments of parenting capacity, assist with the level of parenting competencies and provide intensive teaching, modelling, coaching, encouragement and support to enhance parenting skills in weaker areas. The service delivery is provided in the family's own home.


The position will be based within the Gippsland region working closely with other partner agencies in providing family support services to vulnerable families to improve the safety, wellbeing and development of children.  


To be considered for this role you will have:

Sound understanding of the service system for vulnerable young parents and their children 

Highly developed understanding of child development and the factors that can impede a child's development

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

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

Skills in engaging with families who are reluctant to use support services



Essential: A relevant tertiary qualification in Early Childhood Development/Community Services or Infant Mental Health or equivalent, at diploma level or higher.


In return you will be offered a great working environment, excellent training and support, use of a company vehicle for work related activities, mobile and laptop (during work hours), attractive hourly rate, salary packaging and a strong supportive team.


Applications addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description can be forwarded to People and Culture peopleandculture@qec.org.au by COB Thursday 21st February 2019.  For further information, please contact People and Culture on 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.