Ed Support Level 1-Range 4 - Play Therapist Part-time 12 hours

Job posted: 04/07/2024
Applications close: 17/07/2024 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 05/08/2024

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1421763

Reference: 1421763

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC 1    Demonstrated high-level ability to communicate and work effectively with teachers, education support staff, students and parents.

SC 2    Proven capacity to provide support and/or care to students where necessary.

SC 3    Relevant skills, knowledge and expertise to implement a successful play therapy program.

SC 4    Commitment to ongoing professional learning and growth.

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Range 4 is distinguished by broader management responsibility, particularly in the areas of finance, human resource and other support functions.  Range 4 is responsible for managing a range of functions under a wide range of conditions, subject to the size and complexity of school operations. 

Objectives will, generally, be clearly defined; guidelines will be broad and day-to-day direction minimal.  Management responsibility extends to ensuring appropriate support levels are maintained across the school.  Range 4 generally provides key support and timely advice to the leadership team and school council and liaises with the general school community, the Department and other government agencies and service providers.

Specialised professional roles will carry a high level of independence and accountability where suitable scope is provided to achieve objectives.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor.  Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.


The successful applicant will be responsible for planning and delivering both Play Therapy and Social Skills programs, for students in Prep - Year 6.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

Other Information

- All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

- Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.

-  A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.

- Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx


Conditions of Employment

This vacancy is specifically linked to Student Support Funding and is ongoing. If the funding reduces or ceases during the first seven years of employment, employment may cease subject to the provision of at least 12 weeks’ notice.

Location Profile

Laburnum Primary School was established in 1964 and is set in an attractive bushland setting which flows naturally into the parkland of Blacks Walk, part of Blackburn Creek. The grounds are approximately 2.8 hectares in area. Our vision is Learn - Thrive - Contribute and the school's values are Respect, Integrity, Resilience and Curiosity.

Laburnum P.S. is a child safe school and all staff are expected to play an important role in ensuring a child safe environment. The school's child safety practices, including the child safety code of conduct, can be found on the school website under Our School/Planning and Policies, or by contacting our office. The selection process will involve a rigorous background check and staff are required to have current registration/s, which may include VIT, WWCC and/or Police Check. Applicants are advised to include relevant registration numbers in their applications.

The current enrolment is 700, organised into 30 classes, with 42 teaching staff, 4 principal class and 12 education support staff.  The staff profile is well-balanced, with a mix of experienced and newer-to-the-profession teachers in each team. Due to ongoing enrolment pressure, enrolment restrictions are in place. The proportion of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) is 74%. Currently, over 54% of students have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and speak another language at home, and this percentage is increasing. The backgrounds of students reflect the cultural and social diversity of the local community.  

Our students enjoy outstanding facilities, including air-conditioned classrooms with wireless technology. The school is well-maintained and core buildings have been extended and modernised. Some relocatable classrooms assist us to manage enrolments, and these are well-blended into the existing provision. An $8.755 million capital works project will see classrooms upgraded in 2023 - 2024.

School facilities include a stadium sized hall, a modern community centre, a contemporary resource centre, a heritage listed performing arts centre, Visual Arts room, Out of School Hours Care Centre, a school-funded STEM Centre and extensive play areas.  Playgrounds include a synthetic grass oval, shaded areas and marked court areas. Many of the school improvements are due to the ongoing support of the community, through active fundraising. 

Laburnum P.S. has worked to develop rigorous expectations and support structures to provide consistent high-quality teaching and learning practices. The 2022 - 2026 school strategic plan is the foundation of the staff professional learning plan. Laburnum became a Victorian Professional Learning Communities (PLC) school in 2018, and teachers plan and work collaboratively to assess, monitor and track student achievement. Teachers participate in Peer Observation, mentoring and induction programs. The school is currently implementing the School-wide positive behaviour support (SWPBS) framework, to further develop positive, safe, supportive learning cultures.

The school has an established leadership team/School Improvement Team, focusing on the strategic priorities. Teams of teachers work together to support and emphasise school-wide consistent approaches to wellbeing and academic learning. Our Assistant Principals have key roles in leading and supporting teachers and middle leaders.

The school's curriculum framework incorporates the Victorian Curriculum, with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. Specialist programs include Literacy Intervention, Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Library and Languages (Spanish). The eLearning program is designed to equip students with the essential competencies for learning in the 21st century using a range of devices.  These include iPads, netbooks, 3D printers and large screen technologies.

A broad enrichment program includes a range of extra-curricular offerings, including an extensive Music tuition program and Science-based activities. Year 4, 5 and 6 students have the opportunity to participate in school camps or adventure activities. The student leadership program includes Junior School Council and captaincy positions for Year 6 students. A formal student leadership program is taught in Years 5 and 6. Across the school, we operate a Buddies program. 

Laburnum Primary School was the first Australian school to employ a qualified Play Therapist and has valued this program for many years. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to implement Play Therapy, and there is also the potential to implement Social Skills groups, from Prep - Year 6.


DE Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Ed Support Level 1-Range 4 - Play Therapist Part-time 12 hours

Job type:

Part time / From 05/08/2024

Job classification:

Ed Support Level 1-Range 4


Dr Kim Dray | 039/898-5811

Ed Support Level 1-Range 4 - Play Therapist Part-time 12 hours