Do you envisage yourself being part of an organisation that positively influences children’s lives every day?

By joining our team you would have the opportunity to work alongside early childhood professionals who are dedicated to the growth and wellbeing of every child.

Columba Cottage employees have the opportunity to:

  • Develop trusting relationships with children, families and colleagues
  • Contribute ideas, skills & knowledge to programs and learning environments
  • Engage in peer learning, coaching and mentoring to develop skill sets
  • Benefit from ongoing professional development

Positions Vacant

Certificate III or Diploma Traineeship in Early Childhood Education and Care

Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre in Port Macquarie is currently seeking an enthusiastic person who wants to kickstart their career in Childcare by joining our Traineeship Program. As a trainee, you will be working full time and studying your Certificate III or Diploma in Education and Care during work hours. 

The ideal candidate for our Traineeship Program is an individual who demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for a hands-on career with children aged 0 to 6 years.  We provide you with study time during work hours. 

The Role 

The Traineeship program allows you to complete a Certificate III or a Diploma in Education and Care whilst gaining paid industry experience (Children’s Services Award 2010) with a fun, professional team of educators.

No experience is needed, we’ll teach you all you need to know.  

Daily responsibilities will include:

  • Keeping children safe
  • Supervision of children’s play
  • Helping children with daily routines
  • Setting up of the children’s environment with playing and learning materials
  • Maintaining a clean and fun environment
  • Most importantly, engaging and joining in children’s play

If you’re interested in this position simply apply online below or call the service for more information on 02 6581 4433.

This traineeship commences in June 2022 or by negotiation.

Applications should contain a CV and letter of application for our consideration and include 2 referees. 

Closing date: June 6 2022.

Educators – Full-Time and Part-Time

Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre is a dynamic and rewarding place to work for passionate child care professionals. Our staff are the lifeblood of this centre, which qualifies as ‘exceeding’ under National Quality Standards. We provide amazing care for children in the early stages of their learning and development.

We require educators to work with us, commencing by negotiation. This includes a full-time position (38 hrs per week), and part-time work (2 days per week or 3 days per week).


  • Certificate 3, Diploma in Early Childhood or Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) degree or working towards any of these ACECQA recognised qualifications
  • NSW Working with Children clearance
  • Current first aid training (HLTAID012) or willingness to obtain
  • Child protection training or willingness to obtain

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • The ability to maintain a safe environment and strong relationships for children, families and team members         
  • Active contribution to the education program within the room
  • Problem solving, initiative, creativity and the ability to be a team player
  • Willingness to embrace and follow the Centres methods when planning for and documenting children’s learning


  • Above Award wages
  • Generous staff discount for LDC, OSHC and St Columba Anglican School
  • A supportive Leadership Team with the ability to attend Professional Development

Please list 2 referees, including your most recent employer. All applications should include a CV and cover letter which can be submitted below.

Casual Educators

Columba Cottage is looking for inspiring and enthusiastic educators to join our team of casual staff.

We provide care for children aged from six weeks to six years and are open from 6.30am to 6.00pm.

You will be expected to:

  • Actively contribute to the education program in the room
  • Maintain a safe environment for children, families and team members
  • Build and maintain strong, positive relationships with children and families
  • Comply with National Quality Standards and Columba Cottage policies and procedures
  • Engage with and supervise the children at all times


  • Completed Certificate III or Diploma level early childhood qualification (ACECQA approved)
  • A current First Aid qualification
  • A current Working with Children Check for NSW

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