Professional Development

If you want an exciting career journey, then you’ve come to the right place.  

With 92% of our centres meeting or exceeding the National Quality Standard when you join Guardian, you’ll be working with the most passionate, knowledgeable and well-supported early education experts in their field. 

Our team of early childhood professionals are committed to the care, education and development of children in the important first five years of their life. Working with awesome children every day is a fun job, but we take it very seriously.  

And that’s why we hire people who are serious about their own lifelong learning, which we support through programs and opportunities focused on career progression, professional development and up-skilling and cross-skilling. With clear learning and development opportunities, Guardian offers you a career, not just a job. 

Grow with us, as they grow with you  

We recognise that learning is a lifelong journey, and we encourage and support our team on that journey of development. 

Guardian’s Curriculumis built from the most contemporary early education philosophies and practice brought to life through our resources, environments and teachers who extend children’s natural interests and abilities. We provide meaningful learning experiences that truly benefit every child’s development and we offer the same for our teams. 

Guardian gives you the opportunity to progress into a variety of roles both within our centres and in our Support Offices. Through our professional development opportunities, commitment to innovation and growth, and our supportive teams, we encourage and enable you to grow your career with Guardian. 

Professional Development Opportunities  

There are many avenues for professional development at Guardian. So, whatever your professional development looks like, we have a pathway for you. Or, we can help create one that aligns with your career aspirations. 

The Guardian Diploma  

We offer educators who hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood the opportunity to further their education and career by providing a sponsored Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. 

For eligible educators, the sponsored Diploma is FREE as part of Guardian’s employees’ benefits package to support our educators’ ongoing professional learning and development. Educators will be paid while studying with on-the-job training and paid study time. 

The Guardian sponsored Diploma qualification CHC50113 is administered by Registered Training Organisations (RTO) and credits may apply towards a bachelor’s degree for those educators wanting to continue their learning pathway. 


Degree Program  

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. 


Educator Days  

Our annual and 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. The Exchange brings to life Guardian’s Early Learning philosophy and vision. Inspired by the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Italy and the Remida Centre in Western Australia. 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 teams are encouraged to meet and exchange ideas, network and learn about what is happening in our sector.   


Workshops and Short Courses  

We continually offer short courses and workshops for our team members. These may include topics that are specific to our sector or are general skill development opportunity, such as: 

  • National Quality Framework Training 
  • People Leadership and Change 
  • Centre Management Development 
  • First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Care 
  • Child Protection Training

International Expert Guest Presenters  

At Guardian, our educational philosophies draw from early learning experts from all over the world. We regularly host international guests and encourage our teams to join us at Guardian-hosted events to learn from some of the best early education minds 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. 

We provide many opportunities to progress in your career at Guardian – whatever that may look like for you. Through our professional development opportunities, large network of centres and commitment to innovation and growth, there is plenty of opportunity and encouragement to grow your career with Guardian.  

If this sounds like the sort of career path you want to walk,we have open roles available. 

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