Teachers and Assistant Teachers

There is one vacancy at the GAP at the moment (for May 2022):  see http://spielwelt.org.au/playschool-director-wanted/

From time to time we do need staff… so it is always worthwhile to tell us about yourself and enquire about working for us.

The German Australian Playschool caters for 3-5 year olds, in Turner ACT, and is run by a small team of dedicated professionals, offering a wonderful program in German, in a loving caring environment.
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The GAP operates during ACT school terms and has optional holiday sessions during term breaks and summer holidays.
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The minimum requirements for Assistant Teachers at the GAP are to:
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  • speak fluent German
  • be wonderful with children aged 3-5 years old
  • be a good team player
  • be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • be eligible for (or already hold) a Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • be prepared to undertake (or already hold) a First Aid certificate in Australia
  • be a permanent resident, Australian citizen or have a valid work permit
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The ideal candidate will also have:
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  • prior children’s services or early childhood teaching experience
  • native German-speaking fluency
  • a Certificate III or Diploma in Early Childhood Education (or similar)
  • early childhood teaching qualifications (gained in Australia or overseas)
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If you or someone you know would like to join our team, we look forward to hearing from you!
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Expressions of interest and CVs can be sent to gap.director@spielwelt.org.au
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Our interview process

The teacher interview process has three parts: education, care and practicalities.
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Firstly, the education:  The candidate and a committee member come in to join our morning circle, the teacher does roll call and introduces the candidate to the class, and the candidate delivers a short structured education session of some sort to the children.  This can be anything you like:  a game, a new song, a Bewegungslied, a Bewegungsgeschichte, a craft or little activity to last about ten minutes or longer if multiple activities.  If the weather is nice, it could be outdoors.   Some candidates do a single activity, and some do a couple of activities based on a theme (for example, a song about butterflies, a butterfly dance and then a craft to make them). Check with us first about craft activities as the teacher may already have something planned that week. Do whatever makes you shine.
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2021: Masks are still required at GAP, although if we are outdoors and you can distance from the children while unmasked, you can unmask for your little session, just as our electrician guest speaker did
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Secondly, the care:  When the morning circle has finished, the children go to wash their hands and then come to sit at the table.  The candidate is observed in how they interact with the children in this non-structured setting.  How helpful are they, how do the children respond to them, are they aware of safety issues and dealing with them promptly, how suitable is their tone and how natural is their language, how do they respond to children who are not being considerate of others (and are pushing or being too loud, for example), and so on.
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Thirdly, the practicalities:  The candidate, committee member and director meet in another room or outdoors, for the usual interview style questions.  The questions are usually about past experience, availability, any workplace support or flexibility you would like to request, how you would handle difficult situations, how you handle children displaying challenging behaviour, the best/worst parts of the job in your opinion, and so on.
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After this, the candidate can head home, and the committee member and director consult with the other staff and children about their feedback.  They prepare a little report to be submitted to the committee.
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The whole interview takes about three hours.
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References are checked. WWVP cards and immunisation status are checked.
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Once all candidates have been interviewed, the committee are presented with a short-list to consider at their meeting and they choose the successful candidate/s.  All candidates are then informed of the outcome.

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