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Learning Links Preschool

Occupational Therapist

Peakhurst, New South Wales
Part Time

Learning Links is an organisation with a 40-year history helping families and children with learning difficulties. We are a growing organisation responding to the changing market environment to deliver evidence based high-quality services in literacy, numeracy, speech and occupational therapies, assessments and counselling. We are driven by continuous improvement, strategic growth and building on our previous successes. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional Occupational Therapist to join Learning Links enjoying the variety of experience and input to our inclusive Preschool and Client Services programs. 

Our community based Exceeding Rated Preschool at Peakhurst operates during term time from 8am-4pm and provides a high quality early childhood program catering for the individual needs of all children from 3 to 6 years and their families. 

Our Client Services team operate in our clinics and at schools around Sydney to provide services for children from 3 to 18 years.

Join our professional and supportive team of Teachers, Speech Pathologists and Provisional Psychologists. Enjoy using your skills to contribute to positive outcomes for children with learning difficulties and disabilities and their families in our programs. 

About the role:

We currently have a 4 day/week position available working across the following programs:

  •  2 days/week at our Preschool – parental leave position.
  • 2 days/week with our Client Services team – permanent position.

There is a possibility for ongoing full-time work with Learning Links at the conclusion of the parental leave component of the contract.

The Occupational Therapist will: 

  •  Develop strong relationships with children reflecting child focussed and strengths based practice;
  • Develop strong relationships that support and partner with families;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of high quality, evidence-based therapeutic interventions to support the meaningful inclusion of all children in the preschool;
  • Implement the policies and procedures of Learning Links; and
  • Work collaboratively with staff towards continuous improvement in all aspects of Learning Links’ operations.

This position is due to commence in August 2018. 

Essential Criteria:

  •  Availability to work during school terms up to 4 days/week;
  •  Understanding and awareness of the guidelines and minimum requirements identified by Occupational Therapy Australia and AHPRA;
  •  Current knowledge of the issues experienced by children with disabilities and their families and an understanding of how these can be supported by appropriate occupational therapy interventions within a preschool program;
  •  Demonstrated motivation and initiative;
  •  Demonstrated commitment to flexible and responsive family centred practice;
  •  Demonstrated strengths based approach in working with all children;
  •  Willingness to travel with a current driver’s license and access to a comprehensively insured vehicle;  
  •  Exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills for a variety of audiences; and
  •  Current WWCC approval.

Desirable:

  • Two years paediatric OT experience;
  •  Experience supporting children with additional needs in an early childhood setting;
  •  Understanding of augmentative communication systems including Key Word signing skills; and
  •  Experience working in a transdisciplinary and or multidisciplinary team.

Benefits:

In return for your skills and experience, the successful applicant will: 

  •  Have access to a not-for profit salary packaging option that can see your take home pay significantly increased. 
  • Have opportunity to work flexibly during school holiday periods.
  • Work in a dynamic and growth oriented team learning alongside our team of professionals. 
  • Access opportunities to participate in regular training and professional development.
  • Access to supervision from experienced Occupational Therapists, and/or the opportunity to supervise and mentor other therapists in the team.
  • Participate in an induction program with supported orientation and transition into the role.
  • Have access to the Employee Assistance Program.

Conditions are as per the Learning Links Enterprise Agreement. 

To be considered for this position, written applications must include:

1.     Response to the essential and desirable selection criteria;

2.     Copy of your qualifications and certifications;

3.     C.V.; and

4.     Two current professional referees.

Please send applications to recruitment@learninglinks.org.auor visit the careers page of our website www.learninglinks.org.au

For more information regarding the role and or preschool program, please contact the Preschool Manager on (02) 8525 8230 or visit the preschool website www.learninglinkspreschool.org.au

Working with Children Check and Criminal Record Check apply to this position.

Thank you in advance for your application, please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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