Child-minding

Volunteer

About the Organisation

The Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is a non-government, not-for profit charitable organisation that delivers a range of crisis and early intervention accommodation and support services to women, children, young people, and families who are experiencing, or at risk of homelessness and/or domestic and family violence.

​We have operated in Sydney’s inner city and inner west for over 40 years. We currently deliver our Families Service through an alliance with the St Vincent De Paul Society, Jewish House, Wesley Mission and Stepping Out. Other WAGEC activities are delivered in partnership with community, business and government stakeholders.

Our Vision                             

A safe future for women and families.

Our Mission

WAGEC is a not for profit, charity based in inner city Sydney, New South Wales.

We create safe spaces for women and families impacted by the effects of homelessness, domestic and family violence and systemic disadvantage.

We create enduring change in times of crisis through access to safety, housing and material support.

We work with our communities to advocate social change.

We are trauma-informed and culturally appropriate in our practice.

Our Values

Our values underpin our guiding principles and the way we work. We are:

  • Flexible and focused on our clients
  • Creative and professional in all our work
  • Always respectful and inclusive
  • We act with integrity
  • We are proactive
  • We are compassionate
  • We are feminist in our approach

Our approach allows us to think holistically as we work with clients and look beyond the immediate state to future possibilities and collaborations. We believe that a strong work ethic and values are crucial to achieving our vision.

About the Role

We require an experienced and enthusiastic child-minder to care for children and babies while their parents/carers attend appointments and programs. Most children are between 8 months and 6 years of age, however we do get a range of ages. Child-minding will take place in a nursery room on site.

SUPERVISION

A member of the team will contact you before the event to discuss any queries you have about the role.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be a welcoming face to children and their parents/carers; make them feel safe and comfortable
  • Ensure safety and well-being of children in your care
  • Keep the playroom and childcare areas clean and organised
  • Settle and feed babies; encourage positive play among children, provide positive reinforcement and promote healthy, non-violent behaviours; ensure children follow rules
  • Abide by WAGEC’s code of conduct and child-minding procedures
  • Promote WAGEC values and serve as a positive role model

TRAINING

Relevant training will be provided where required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current NSW Working With Children (WWC) check
  • 18 years or older
  • Positive, energetic, and welcoming
  • Previous childcare experience e.g. parent, day-care, babysitting, teacher
  • Take initiative and keep children occupied during the session – songs, story time, colouring
  • Willingness to work with parents and children with language barriers
  • Able to assist parents to sign-in and collect care-instructions for their child
  • Ability to judge when a baby or child needs something – food, toileting, extra support

Set programming is not required, however, volunteers are encouraged to take initiative and be as creative as they want using the supplies provided - songs, story time, colouring, free play etc.

About You

  • You are reliable, punctual and responsible
  • You love working with children
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • First Aid trained (desirable)
  • Ability to deal with any incidents that may occur in a cool and calm manner

AVAILABILITY

Regular role, variety of options depending on availability.

ROLE LOCATION

An Inner West suburb in Sydney, NSW.

BENEFITS TO THE VOLUNTEER

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping make WAGEC programs more accessible to women escaping domestic violence
  • The enjoyment of meeting new people and being part of a supportive team
  • Experience working with young children from families experiencing domestic violence
  • Support WAGEC’s mission of providing a safe future for women and girls

How to Apply

1)     Read the position description above

2)    If you have any questions, please call/email us before making an application

3)    Send your application which should contain:

•      Your 1-2 page CV, and

•      A brief cover letter telling us why you think you are the best person to fill this role

4)    Email your application to volunteer@wagec.org.au

SCREENING PROCESS

All WAGEC volunteers are required to undergo an initial screening process. This is to ensure the safety of WAGEC clients, staff, volunteers and applicants. Your application to become a volunteer is not a guarantee that you will be successful or that you will be allocated a specific volunteer role. By applying you acknowledge our discretion to discontinue your application at any stage of the process.

QUESTIONS: Natalie Ziolkowski WAGEC Volunteer & Events Administrator

Phone: 0431 186 542  Email: volunteer@wagec.org.au