Centre Advisor – Canterbury region


Playcentre Aotearoa are on the hunt for an effective communicator with a passion for Early Childhood Education.

The Centre Advisor provides advice and support to our centres. They are the link between centres and Regional management, ensuring Statutory regulations are met and the needs of our whānau and tamariki are supported.

Closing date: 15 July 2022

The Centre Advisor supports centres by:

  • Providing advice and support to Playcentre’s in the Canterbury region
  • Role modelling and encouraging implementation of Playcentre philosophy and good practice in centres
  • Leading preparation for Ministry or Education Review Office visits
  • Ensuring that day to day actions are carried out to support compliance with Statutory requirements
  • Promoting the health of each centre
  • Managing centre-based employees
  • Liaising with the Regional Office and the Centre

No two days are the same! The Centre Advisor role would see you visiting a centre, checking in with staff and the wonderful whānau, identifying any needs they may have and providing advice and guidance where necessary. You’ll interact with tamariki, role modelling Playcentre philosophy and good ECE practice, while being supported by the Regional team and receiving regular PLD.

Position details:

The Centre Advisor is responsible for a range of Playcentres in the Canterbury region.

This is a permanent, part time position working 25 hours a week. The days and hours are negotiable. Start date 25 July 2022.

We require someone who holds Playcentre Course 3 or above or ECE L4 and above and demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of either Playcentre or ECE environments.

What will you bring?

  • Excellent relationship management skills – proven ability to interact effectively and confidently with a range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Te Whāriki, ECE curriculum, Early Childhood Education legislation, and MOE licensing criteria
  • An understanding of te ao Māori, including an appreciation of matauranga Māori, tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.
  • An understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how they relate to Playcentre
  • Well-developed influencing skills which support achievement of effective outcomes
  • Proficiency in keyboard skills and experience with Microsoft Office
  • Intelligence, an inquisitive mind, a can-do attitude, and a good sense of humour
  • Accuracy and attention to detail as well as the ability to see the whole picture
  • Flexibility and the ability to deal with issues as they arise
  • An ease of being in a leadership role with honesty, discretion, sensitivity, self-discipline, and resilience
  • Sound judgement, a great work ethic and ability to work independently

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Closing date:

15 July 2022

How to apply:

For further information, a position description or to apply for this role, please contact [email protected] including USI CA Canterbury in the subject line.