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Early Years Program Developer

The Discovery Center is looking for an Early Years Program Developer to join our team for the next 15months. Thanks to a grant from the Victorian Department of Education and Training we are excited to be expanding and redesigning our range of innovative programs for children under 5, for educators and for families using both the Very Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the F-10 Curriculum. If you have a tertiary qualification in Early Childhood Learning, experience developing programs and a commitment to giving children and their families the best STEM education start possible, we are looking for you. The ideal candidate will have current experience working in the Early Childhood Learning field, the ability to quickly build networks among early childhood education providers in central Victoria and project management skills.

SALARY: Subject to skills, experience and qualifications

HOURS: Three days a week initially with opportunity to increase hours.


About the business and the role

Discovery inspires and nurtures scientific curiosity.  

We provide formal learning during the week, and during weekends the centre buzzes with community visitors looking to learn through play and engage with over 100 hands on exhibits, our famous vertical slide and the Bendigo Planetarium.

In partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, this 15 month role has been created to work specifically in the five and under education space.

This is an exciting opportunity to create learning content for children and resources for educators and families, which will be distributed across the state through professional development programs and the DET online platform FUSE.

Job tasks and responsibilities

The primary objective of the Early Childhood Program Developer is to apply both the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and best practice STEM for children from birth to six years. The role will be developing, trialling and evaluating resources for early childhood centres and families in promoting skills in STEM in Victoria.

The position will have access to Discovery's Kaleidoscope 0 – 6 years learning space, and to a team of science communicators to assist in the program.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Oversee a new STEM learning space for early childhood learners at the Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Bendigo.
  2. Improve existing, and develop new, interactive STEM engagement and education programs.
  3. Develop engaging STEM educational materials, with finalised resources to be made available through online platforms.
  4. Develop new STEM educational materials specifically addressing the learning needs of students with different experiences, including culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee families with finalised resources to be made available online.
  5. Engage with indigenous community educators and leaders to develop appropriate Aboriginal STEM materials and resources and appropriate community resources.
  6. Inclusion of all abilities to be considered when developing resources.
  7. Develop professional development materials and programs for STEM teachers.
  8. Deliver STEM professional development workshops and events.
  9. Develop and manage physically interactive STEM learning kits that can be loaned to early childhood centres.

Skills and experience

Key Selection Criteria / Skills and Attributes

1. A tertiary qualification in Early Childhood Education or equivalent.

2. Proven ability to develop, write and present programs which engage and stimulate creativity and learning in 0 – 6 year olds programs based around the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

3. Demonstrated ability to develop, write and present community education programs based around the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

4. Proven ability to engage with and consult a wide range of stakeholders in an effective and timely way.

5. Experience working with and engaging diverse groups.  In particular culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), all ability and Aboriginal communities.

6. A passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

7. Good computing skills including Microsoft Office.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

1. Project management skills

Special Requirements

  • Current "Working with Children" check or current VIT membership will be required at time of appointment.

Please send applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including a cover letter, C.V. and responses to the Key Selection Criteria. 

 If the positions above aren't quite your fit, but you'd love to get involved, please check out our volunteering opportunities.

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