Careers at REED (Regional Early Education and Development Inc.)

Benefits & Perks

Great Early Childhood Career Opportunities

Gain nationally recognised qualifications free of charge!

If you’d love a career in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) but have limited or no experience, please get in touch!  We offer traineeships for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (for the Assistant Educator role) and traineeships for the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (for the Qualified Educator role) through your preferred Registered Training Organisation. A traineeship with REED means that you can get paid, receive on the job experience and support from staff who have experience in the industry, and undertake your study completely free of charge at the same time!

Grow your career

Our services are located in the Wheatbelt, Midwest or South West and are smaller than city services.  As a result you get to work in a small, friendly and supportive team, with opportunities for promotion, career development and travel across country Western Australia.  We are keen to promote from within REED.  Early childhood staff have progressed from Assistant Educator positions to Team Leader and Cluster Manager roles, building a great career for themselves in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

Benefit from work-life balance and job/work flexibility

We are a diverse workforce and we offer full time, part-time and casual positions to meet your career needs at different points in your life.  Keen to travel around the Wheatbelt, Midwest and South West?  That’s great!  We encourage you to register to become part of our pool of casual REED early childhood staff who combine travel and a career in a field they love.

Receive above award pay rates

You’ll be paid our standard above award hourly rates, and if you complete 3 years, 5 years or 10 years of service with REED you’ll be paid an additional longevity payment on top of these standard above award hourly rates.

Access a friendly and supportive network

The REED network runs on a cluster model where cluster managers support a number of early childhood services across a region.  There are 23 REED child care services across rural Western Australia so you’re never alone, there is always someone who can help!

Enjoy an open, feedback-driven and collaborative work environment

Every REED staff member is an essential part of a small team.  You are encouraged to raise feedback directly with your Team Leader or Cluster Manager at any time, or during monthly staff meetings.  Staff and parents can also drop feedback into feedback boxes within all REED services or raise feedback through the feedback form on the REED website.

Be recognised for your work in improving care, development and education services for children

Each year we issue multiple annual staff awards, including a Shining Star Award, a Bright Future Award, a Trainee of the Year award, an Outstanding Achievement Award, an Educator of the Year Award and an Exceptional Leadership Award.  Every year we also award an annual $5,000 REED scholarship to at least one staff member who is enrolled to study in an Early Childhood Teaching course to help them with course fees, accommodation and other study costs.

Each REED child care service remains unique

You’ll enjoy a career in local early childhood services that have the flexibility to create new programs and services that best suit the needs of the community.

Help children thrive

Facilitate the development of happy, healthy children with a love of learning and enjoy a satisfying career where you make a difference to your Wheatbelt, Midwest or South West community.  You’ll play a key role in a child’s critical early years so that they can thrive during school and into their adult lives.

Employee Assistance Program

You’ll have access to an Employee Assistance Program that can provide independent confidential counselling should you ever need it, with up to 6 free confidential sessions each year.

lunch at REED WA child care service

Additional Staff Rewards

Attend our Annual Educator Conference

Every year you will join REED educators from across WA in being paid to attend a two day conference in Perth.  At the conference you’ll enjoy interesting professional development and wellbeing workshops, as well as benefit from paid accommodation, food/meals and mileage to and from the conference.

Regular Professional Learning and Development Workshops are held for Staff

Recent workshops held include Cultural Awareness, Resilience and Early Education Program Development.

Story time at REED Dalwallinu

Superb Lifestyle Benefits

  • Live in a friendly country community in the Wheatbelt, Midwest or South West that is still within easy driving distance to Perth. You’ll get away from traffic noise and congestion, enjoy some beautiful reserves on your weekends, and your kids will have plenty of space to play.
  • You’ll be part of a community and you’ll enjoying forming friendships in towns offering an abundance of sporting and social opportunities as well as very low crime rates.
  • You may be eligible for an interim relocation package for some diploma qualified jobs. A package of up to $12,500 is available for some locations.  This package includes relocation costs, a sign on bonus and 12 months of fortnightly travel, living or accommodation allowances depending on whether you are living in the same town or in a neighbouring location.
  • Highly affordable subsidised accommodation through local shires or the community is available in association with some of our Wheatbelt, Midwest or South West positions, just ask us.
  • We also offer Visa Sponsorship Opportunities for International Educators who want to enjoy an early childhood career while living in Australia with their families.

You’ll be a part of an innovative and extremely successful rural organisation with solid values.  REED staff and board members live and work in rural communities or have strong links to rural communities and are invested in seeing them thrive.  REED’s success was recognised when the organisation was listed as a finalist in the Not for Profit/Charity of the Year category of the 2022 RISE Business Awards.

REED is continuously working hard to provide a quality environment for our staff.  As an example, we recently sourced funding to construct yarning circles at 14 of our services.  We are a not for profit organisation and a registered charity that was established in 2018 with just four services.  We now operate over 23 child care services across Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, Midwest and South West.  REED is here for the long term and we invest significant ongoing time in lobbying state and federal governments for better conditions for the sector.