Senior Early Parenting Practitioner

Early Parenting Specialist

Full time, ongoing position

Working with families in the Gippsland region with children aged 0-4years


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.


The Senior Early Parenting Practitioner (SEPP), is responsible for supporting vulnerable families in the Cradle to Kinder program: an intensive long-term ante and post-natal family support and early parenting service for vulnerable young mothers (under 25) and their children.  Cradle to Kinder services commence in pregnancy continuing until the child reaches 4 years of age. The  program is delivered through the Child First partnership of agencies and comprises staff from QEC, Anglicare Victoria and Quantum.


As a Cradle to Kinder SEPP, you will provide child-centred family focused support to vulnerable young mothers and their children by working in partnership with families to build their capacity to meet their child’s health, safety and developmental needs.  Working within a transdisciplinary team, you will provide a family casework service, working in partnership with families to achieve their goals to enhance the child/children’s development and family functioning.  Part of this role will also involve facilitating young parents to gain access to support services including maternal and child health, ante-natal/post natal care and a range of other community, health, employment and training services to address individual needs and issues associated with isolation.   


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:

Sound understanding of the service system for vulnerable young parents and their children and experience in working in partnership with key agencies.

Excellent practice experience and theoretical understanding of the issues facing highly vulnerable young parents in their ability to ensure the safety and well-being of their children, particularly the priority access groups for Cradle to Kinder

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

Sound understanding of culturally sensitive practice for Aboriginal and culturally diverse groups.

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



Essential: A relevant tertiary qualification in Early Childhood Development/Community Services, 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.


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

Applications addressing the key selection criteria can be forwarded to People and Culture COB Wednesday 20th 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.