Early Parenting Practitioner - Northern

Early Parenting Specialist

Part Time, 12 month fixed term

3 day's per week 


For 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. 

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.


This new program will be delivered through a partnership of agencies comprising of the Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC) and Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). The focus is to provide parenting skills development and education to families with a focus on strengthening parent capacity, attachment/bonding, establishing routines and creating opportunities that strengthen cultural connection. 


The Early Parenting Practitioner (EPP) will have experience in working with families with infants and young children. Using a strengths-based approach, the EPP will work with families in their homes to build parenting capacity, promote child safety through education and facilitate family empowerment through the provision of supportive interventions and parenting skill development.


You will enjoy a professional and supportive team environment and access to evidence-informed best-practice training and development opportunities.  To be considered for this role you will have:

A relevant tertiary qualification in Early Childhood Development, Child Care Studies, Infant Mental Health or equivalent, at diploma level or higher.

Well-developed knowledge and skills in how to care for and promote development of infants and young children.

Parenting education experience to share directly with families and VACCA team

Work in an integrated team approach to plan and implement parenting skills development.

Has Aboriginal cultural awareness to work effectively and respectively with Aboriginal children and their families.

Able to meet the following statutory requirements: Child Safety and Wellbeing Act 2005(including Child Safe Standards amendment act 2015) and Child Youth and Families Act 2005.


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.


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 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.