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Why Choose a Childcare Career at Gowrie NSW?

An early education job is one where no two days are the same. Where you can be part of making a direct and meaningful impact on children and the wider society. Where fulfilment, meaning and a true sense of purpose are tied in with your day-to-day.

At Gowrie NSW we empower our people's personalities to shine and their voices to be heard. To use their unique abilities to guide each child's spark and curiosity in the world around them, while setting a holistic educational foundation for our future generation.

Gowrie NSW’s unified, inclusive and supportive culture champions our people and offers them genuine long-term career prospects, professional development and training.

Whether it’s your first step or the next step in your childcare career journey, Gowrie NSW offers a diverse range of roles as early learning educators, in support and leadership roles. We have over 30 locations throughout the Sydney metropolitan, greater Sydney and regional NSW including Canberra ACT.

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What Makes us Different?

That's easy - our people.  We've had over 80 years to recognise that people are the cornerstone of our organisation and that together we can help build a better future for our youngest citizens.

We support the people in our organisation in a number of ways that differentiate us.

Our generous benefits include well above award salary, generous retail discounts, RDO's, programming time and flexible shifts to support your lifestyle. We provide an outstanding range of benefits to ensure our people feel valued and supported for their hard work and dedication to children. and to demonstrate how much we value your expertise, knowledge and commitment.

We are proud to achieve higher than the national average for employee engagement, measured yearly.

As a not-for-profit, you can be assured that every moment you dedicate to a Gowrie child, is one that is ‘for purpose’, and purposefully helping us to deliver on our vision that children are active participants in society, their voices are heard, and they are empowered to make a positive contribution in their community and make a difference in the world.

Those are not just words. They are our why.

Values-driven Culture

We’re proud of the culture we’ve built. You'll find the same culture no matter which of our centres you work in.

Our culture is one where every individual can feel supported and empowered so they thrive. It’s fun and positive, where we all unashamedly strive for excellence.

Our values are what drives our culture. Respect and care sit at the centre of Gowrie. We’re inclusive and find strength in our differences. We’re transparent and act with integrity, always. We’re authentic and genuine, always doing what we say we will do. We’re also for-purpose, linking everything we do to strategic vision.

Opportunities to Develop Your Career

When you step into a childcare job at Gowrie, you open the door to a fulfilling and rewarding childcare career. 

You can take your career with Gowrie in any direction you choose. Work in a hands-on educator or teacher role, helping the children in your care to explore the world around them, making new discoveries every day. Or progress to leadership roles and play a greater role in shaping Gowrie and the impact we have.

While working with us, you’ll be supported to pursue professional development to progress your career. You’ll have access to the Gowrie NSW Education Hub, brimming with webinars, workshops, seminars and specialist courses. You can also tap into a global network of early childhood experts to expand your knowledge. 

Be part of something bigger

One of the benefits of working in childcare is the difference you can make, not just in one child’s life, but in many. At Gowrie, this is our purpose. 

It is our vision that children are active participants in society. Their voices are heard, and they are empowered to make a difference in the world. Don’t underestimate your role in helping us to achieve that.

The children in our care will go on to be the change-makers of tomorrow. We have the chance to give them a nurturing beginning where they can explore new things and ideas. We help to lay the foundation that will carry them through their years of education and beyond. 

Rewarding Childcare Careers

Childcare careers at Gowrie NSW are diverse and exciting. They are marked by collaboration, innovation and opportunity. We work as a team, recognising that every individual brings a unique perspective and skills to the table.

If you’re looking for more than a job, we offer purpose. Our work is meaningful and rewarding. You’re empowered to use your voice, to do your best and have fun while you do it.

Ready to join our team? Discover our current job vacancies and find your home at Gowrie.

Jessica Dawson - Gowrie NSW

What Our Educator’s Say...

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Highly recommend working for Gowrie NSW, I’ve been working in early childhood education and care for the past eight years and I’ve worked for a number of other services before being employed by Gowrie. What stands out for me is the amount of support and learning you receive. We are currently getting support with conscious discipline to better support educators in their roles.

Jesicca Dawson

Types of Childcare Jobs

Each of our staff plays a vital role in shaping the learning and development of our youngest citizens. Whether you're seeking a part-time educator position, a full-time permanent role in management or casual opportunities in one of our early learning centres. Gowrie NSW has jobs in early education and childcare that fit your life.

Gowrie Early education jobs

Early education jobs

Early learning centres and childcare jobs are the cornerstones of our Gowrie NSW centres. Through their continual development of educational programs, they nurture each child and allow them to fully bloom.

  • Early childhood teacher (ECT)
  • Early childhood educator
  • Educational leader
  • Child development or support worker
  • Early childhood intervention specialist
  • Early childhood consultant
  • Early childhood assessor and trainer
  • Early childhood officer
Gowrie Leadership jobs

Leadership jobs

Our management team empowers everything we do. Making sure that everyone has the opportunities and abilities to make an impact daily and into the future.

  • Early Education and Care Centre Director
  • Program Manager (OSHC / VC)
  • General Manager 
  • Operations Manager

Gowrie Administration and support jobs

Administration and support jobs

Crucial to our mission, administration and service support team members enable us to do our jobs in the best way possible.

  • Coordinator for all types of Gowrie NSW childcare centres
  • Childcare centre cook
  • Administration
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Frequently Asked Questions about working with Gowrie NSW

When you join Gowrie NSW, you become an important part of our community. That means working in an empowering environment that’s enriching, fulfilling and collaborative.

As a non-profit organisation, we invest back into our people, culture and childcare centres. We’re committed to supporting our team members in ways that really matter to them. Offering benefits that suit different life stages, that reward high achievers and support career aspirations.

At Gowrie NSW, every individual’s voice, efforts and time are valued. Our jobs in early education and childcare offer:

  • Competitive salary packaging including well above award rates, rostered days off, paid breaks and programming time.
  • Generous childcare discounts up to 20%.
  • Permanent full-time, part-time and casual positions.
  • Flexible working hours that suit your life, with shifts from 7am-3pm, 10am-6pm or anywhere in between. 
  • Collaborative, resourced and stimulating work environment.
  • Supportive, inclusive and democratic culture.
  • Career advancement and leadership opportunities across the organisation.
  • Earn while you learn paid study support.
  • Monthly reward and recognition programs.
  • Ability to have a real say in decisions that really matter.
  • Employee referral bonus for successfully referring a new Gowrie NSW employee.
  • Ongoing free professional learning and development opportunities through the Gowrie NSW Education Hub that include online webinars, face to face workshops, seminars, conferences as well as specialist courses, including NESA endorsed courses for our educators.
  • Access to a global network of childcare sector experts, Gowrie NSW Consultancy, dedicated mentors and learning circles.
  • Genuine focus on wellbeing and work life balance, supported by our dedicated wellbeing committee.
  • A range of free resources including our Employee Assistance Program for you and your family. 
  • Paid uniform allowance. 
  • Opportunity to work in a vast network of childcare centres in NSW and the ACT locations.
  • Stability in working for an industry leading, high quality childcare provider that has been operating for over 80 years.

If you’d like to be part of shaping our future generation and forward your own career with Gowrie NSW, check out our current employment opportunities or submit your expression of interest.

You can either apply directly to a specific available job listing or submit your interest in working for Gowrie NSW via our website. Once we’ve reviewed your application, we’ll be in contact regarding an interview and the next steps forward.

You’re welcome to get in contact with our recruitment team via phone on 02 9321 4957. They’re available to take your call between 11am to 7pm Monday to Friday.

Each and every role within Gowrie NSW contributes to the future success of the children in our care. Whether you’re seeking out a role as an educator, member of our support staff or part of our leadership team. We look for people who are passionate about child development and education.

Gowrie NSW recognises and values our team members and community. We seek out people who share these same qualities:

  • Enthusiastic, go-getter attitude.
  • Nurturing, engaging, fun, creative and adaptable.
  • Inclusive, advocate, respect and support all.
  • Lead by example and are positive, empowering role models.
  • Love working with children and are committed to our communities.
  • Team players with a desire to learn and grow.
  • Aligned with our vision, values and strategy .

All of our roles at Gowrie NSW require their own unique set of skills, experience and qualifications. In general, we require:

  • Our educators have a Certificate III or Diploma in Early Childhood.
  • Our teachers hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education or equivalent ACECQA-approved qualification.
  • All employees have a Working with Children Check (WWCC) for NSW or Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration in the ACT.
  • Knowledge of the Early Years Learning Framework, National Regulations and National Quality Standards.
  • Current certificates in First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis management are highly desirable.
  • Prior experience working with children is highly regarded.

There are many roles available in childcare, including daycare workers, centre managers, before and after school assistants and nannies. Some roles require official accreditation while others can be advanced through experience.

At Gowrie NSW, our jobs in early education and childcare span educator and teacher roles, childcare centre cooks, management and administration jobs. Each of our team members has a key role in contributing to better the future generation.

Early childhood educators provide a holistic approach to children’s learning and development. Educators inspire each child’s curiosity by setting up learning environments tailored to each child's interests and abilities.

Gowrie NSW allocates one primary educator to each child, to be responsible for and nurture through their most formative years. To advocate for and become highly attuned to their needs, routines and unique cues. They build strong relationships with the child and their family, through their hands-on and observer roles, individually and as part of a wider team.

We believe that our key educator approach gives each child the best chance to thrive within an environment where they have secure attachments.

Fundamental to leading by example for children, successful early childhood educators share some essential skills that work as building blocks in child development.

Technical qualifications should complement soft skills. Such as patience, empathy, communication, critical thinking, organisation, creativity, enthusiasm, adaptability, leadership, active listening, collaboration and relationship building.

Early childhood education (ECE) is formal and informal learning, tailored to each individual child to enable them to discover and thrive in their own unique way. Rooted in the understanding that years 0-8 are a child’s more formative years for development, ECE sets strong foundations for future education.

Both ECE and preschool allow children to learn through free play and structured learning. Preschool is usually for children aged 3-5, whereas ECE is open to children from 6 weeks to school age. The interactive and personalised learning approach for each child is not generally feasible in preschool settings.

Most preschools are school hours care, open between 8:30am-3:30pm, in line with school terms and close during school holidays. ECE is more flexible to family schedules. Gowrie NSW and ACT early childhood centres are open year-round from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Our chefs also prepare and provide nutritious meals that promote children’s physical and cognitive growth.

Depending on the type of role, you don’t necessarily need to have qualifications to work at Gowrie NSW. For childcare jobs as an educator, you’ll need an ACECQA-approved qualification or to be studying towards your qualification.

All of our employees hold the necessary protective background checks that allow them to work with children. Working with Children Check (WWCC) for NSW or Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) for the ACT.

You can find all our current vacancies here. Can't find something that suits you, but love our vision and pedagogical philosophy? Submit an Expression of Interest and someone from our People and Culture team will be in touch.

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