Cracking the code on hiring and interviewing

Hiring for centres or even looking for a new role can be a really challenging task. 

That’s why we reached out to Gina Rosenberg who, along with her husband Sam has owned and operated childcare centres for over 20 years. Check out the tips below.

First a little background:

Working with children has been a lifelong passion for Gina. 

She believes the key is to really “see“ the child and what it is that the child needs to learn, grow and feel good about themselves. 

We want them to become incredible contributors to themselves, their family, their community and the wider world, and It’s the people that surround them that guide their future

The Resume

It’s your very first introduction so be sure to provide a great resume. Include details on the following specific topics to really help supercharge that first impression. 

  • Qualifications 

  • Work experience 

  • Extra curricular / hobbies

  • Career Goals.  

  • Learning philosophies 

  • References 


Pre Interview

Brush up on your theories of child pedagogy, the EYLF, outcomes for children, belonging, becoming and being, as well as the regulations. 

Do research on the centre, learn what’s important to them. It’s very important to show the interviewer that you share the same visions and goals. 

At the Interview

Ensure you are a little early so you’re ready to go at your appointed time.

Key areas of interest:

  • A great attitude to teamwork 

  • A sense of happiness 

  • A willingness to work hard 

  • A drive to continue to learn 

Bring with you :

  • Certificates for any courses completed

  • Police check

  • First aid certificates 

  • Examples of planning or documentation if you have these

The key areas that are always touched on: 

  • Early Childhood Knowledge 

  • Working as a team 

  • Organisational and interpersonal skills 

  • Experience 

  • Flexibility and creativity

Examples of questions that might be asked: 

  • How would you set up a room?

  • How would you supervise a room?

  • When running group time what do you like to do?

  • How do you approach indoor /outdoor play? 

  • How do you deal with a challenging child? 

  • Tell me about relationships with families and what you see as important?

  • What are your philosophies about children and how they learn?

One moment that has truly stuck with Gina:

“When we opened our first Early Learning Centre in 1996 on our final inspection by the health department, the Inspectors final words to me were,

Remember your service is only going to be as good as your staff members’”

Behaviour Guidance - The three simple steps

When a child’s behaviour requires addressing it can be difficult for even the most experienced educators. For many of us, Behaviour Guidance may not come naturally or we may need to seek advice and support from management or co-workers and this is ALWAYS ok.  

In fact we encourage it.  

Getting other perspectives on a situation is a great way to formulate a plan of action.

Here are 3 simple steps you can follow when approaching Behaviour Guidance

1. Work as a team.

Supporting the team is the main priority when you have challenging behaviors in a room. Get your room staff together and listen to their concerns. Clarify what concerns they feel are most important.

2. Build Your Plan.

Be clear about a plan and how to support the child and other children in the room. This needs to be implemented as soon as possible. This plan of action needs to be revised and assessed often. 

3. Observe and Evaluate.

After implementing a plan of action, take note of what happens before during and after the event.  Continue these observations for a few days. Bring the team back together for an open conversation about it. 

These 3 steps will ensure your team is on the same page, and the child is getting the support they need. 

Megan Sharman

How does the new Educator Minimum Wage effect you?

The recent announcement by the Fair Work Commission to increase award wages and the national minimum wage by 3% was much needed. ECT welcome this increase as an attempt to show appreciation to this valued sector.

The increase will apply only to those educators receiving their pay rates from the national minimum wage, a modern award or in some cases a registered agreement. Educators who currently receive above minimum wage pay will not officially qualify for the increase unless there is an arrangement with the employer to pass on these increases even for above award wages.

The increase, which came into effect on the 1 July 2019, is definitely one that Educators should take as a small victory that should be celebrated. At ECT we understand how important Educators are and are delighted that their important work remains acknowledged.

The increase was effective from the 1 July 2019 which means Educators should see the increase from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2019.

To understand more about the increase, please review this document.


Sam Rosenberg
Early Childhood Training