At Guardian, we recognise that learning is a lifelong journey, and we support our team on that journey of development throughout their career with us.
There are many avenues for professional development at Guardian – whether it is at our professional development days, through a financially and practically supported Bachelor course at university or simply through informal learning at our workshops – whatever your professional development looks like, we have a pathway.
Below are just a few examples of some of the opportunities available to you should you join Guardian Early Learning Group.
The Guardian Diploma
The Guardian Diploma in Early Childhood Services is just one way we support our educators to develop in their career. This 18-month program has been designed to allow educators to undertake a high-quality Diploma during work time to support their growth within the context of the Reggio Emilia approach.
Our degree program supports educators who enrol in a Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood degree through paid study leave, paid practicums, support from experienced mentors, networking opportunities and reimbursement of a percentage of tuition fees.
Our annual or bi-annual Educator Days are professional development sessions provided to inspire, entertain and inform our educators. These days are also a great opportunity to socialise with educators from around the state and are a valuable contribution to your overall professional development.
The Guardian Pedagogical Exchange
Our Guardian Pedagogical Exchange in Melbourne is a centre of learning and collaboration for Guardian educators and staff. This is where we run workshops, seminars and training sessions but it is more than just a training space – with a library, café, art spaces and materials exchange, it is where Guardian educators are encouraged to meet and exchange ideas, network and learn about what is happening in our sector. We have plans to add more pedagogical institutes in both Sydney and Brisbane in the coming years.
Workshops and Short Courses
We continually offer short courses and workshops to educators and staff at Guardian. These may include topics that are specific to our sector or are general skill development opportunities such as:
- Practical National Quality Framework Training
- People Leadership and Change
- Centre Management Development
- Assistant Manager Fast Track Training
- First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Care
- Child Protection Training
Collaboration is important at Guardian, therefore we meet regularly to share knowledge, information and celebrate achievements.
International Expert Guest Presenters
At Guardian, our educational philosophies draw from early learning centres, institutions and experts from all over the world. We regularly host international guests and encourage our educators to join us at Guardian sponsored events to learn from some of the best early years educators in the world. Past guests have included Andrea Sisbarro and Alison Maher from Boulder Journey School, former athlete Wayne Pearce and speakers from Reggio Children.
Internal Promotions and Transfers
We provide many opportunities to progress in your career. Through our professional development opportunities, large network of centres and constant growth, there is plenty of scope to grow your career at Guardian. Read some of our fantastic career progression stories here.