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Playgroup Assistant

The Family Centre
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The Family Centre: Our people are informed by The Family Centre values and operate within the framework of our policies, practice principles and strategic goals to inform how we work. Our values and practice principles In genuine partnership with community members and groups, non-government organisations, government agencies and businesses, we make a real difference and our actions lead to progressive, measurable and sustainable social change. Our activities are designed to: • improve relationships • increase safety • increase parenting skills • increase wellbeing • increase personal effectiveness • increase connections • increase community capability • our vision: a fair, safe and vibrant community where children, young people & families have access to all opportunities • our mission: happy children & young people - caring relationships - strong community

Position Overview: To support Child and Family Workers at TFC Playgroup. Engaging in a positive and strengths based manner with children and families.

Tuesday 9am to 12pm Fingal Wednesday 9am to 12pm Tweed Thursday 9am to 12pm Murwillumbah

Please apply if you are available for one, some or all of these times.

Responsibilities and Key Duties: • Assist Child and Family Workers with the weekly delivery of playgroups • Assist with set up and pack up of venue and equipment • Interact and engage with playgroup participants • Manage dynamics of playgroup participants and model healthy relationships and communication • Monitor playgroup equipment with colleagues, bring awareness of any maintenance needs to attention of Child and Family Workers • Collaborate with TFC staff, volunteers and other services providers to enhance playgroup activities • Assist Child and Family Workers with responding to identified client strengths and needs by providing information and support • Provide relevant information about positive parenting to family members in consultation with Child and Family Workers. Assist to make appropriate referrals in consultation with parents/carers • Assist Child and Family Workers to provide information to parents/carers regarding their child’s development, health, safety and hygiene • Provide parents with opportunities to meet other parents and exchange ideas about raising children and to develop support networks • Assist in providing a range of age appropriate play and learning activities to stimulate children’s intellectual growth and support the development of early literacy and numeracy skills • Assist parents to use early literacy support strategies with their children • Assist Child and Family Workers in discussing transition strategies with families • Cooperate and collaborate with Family Centre staff and other service providers to ensure coordinated service delivery • Assist with maintaining service records, client and attendance information when requested

Professional Responsibilities: • Promote and share knowledge of TFC programs and services, direct referrals appropriately to staff member • Work in a manner that promotes respect and dignity of all participants • Adhere to the relevant standards, policies and procedures of The Family Centre including maintaining all aspect of Work Place Health and Safety • Promote and model TFC values, code of conduct and professional standards to all staff, volunteers and community members • Ensure environment is safe for volunteers, staff and community members • Report any identified risk or hazard to staff member • Contribute positively to TFC’s organisational culture • Submit accurate administrative records if relevant (e.g. out of pocket expense, travel reimbursement claim) • Submit volunteer time sheet, or assist with documenting attended volunteer hours.

Skills and experience required: • Physical ability to perform manual handling tasks • A willingness to undertake a criminal record check and a Working with Children check • An understanding of the NSW ‘Keep them Safe’ legislation • Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team • An understanding of the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged families • A basic understanding of child development and issues confronting vulnerable and disadvantaged families (including domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse, mental health) and their impact on families

Training requirements: • Attend TFC info and orientation training • Attend training and development relevant to the position as approved by Volunteer Coordinator and/or Program Coordinator