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Preservice teacher placement FAQs

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  • We will be actively taking requests twice during the year via the Placement Application page, in February (for placements to take place between March to July this year) and July (placements to take place between August to December this year). This is to ensure we can manage placement load in centres effectively.

  • In response to the pandemic, we have made changes to our processes. We have a state-based register of where all preservice teachers are placed. We need to ensure that we can provide the best possible information and protection for our children and families, teachers and educators and preservice teachers placed in centres.

  • All preservice teacher placements in centres, regardless of whether they are directly related to teaching or otherwise need to follow the same application process via the Placement Application page.

  • Centres have been advised to provide any preservice teachers or university/approved providers of early childhood initial teacher education degrees looking for placements with the link to this web page. This includes Goodstart employees interested in a placement at a Goodstart centre. All placements will be considered through the national Preservice Teacher Placement Program.

  • When you have completed the application process, the state-based Teacher Program Manager will contact you. It is important to note that while every effort is made to accommodate placement applications, not all requests can be met.

  • If you are unable to be immunised and/or vaccinated for medical reasons, to be considered for a placement, you will be required to provide a letter from your medical practitioner or complete a medical exemption on the Australian Immunisation Record stating you are unable to be immunised and/or vaccinated for medical reasons. This letter will need to be submitted to the state-based Teacher Program Manager and will be reviewed and approved by the Goodstart National Safe Work and Wellbeing Manager prior to your placement application being considered. If approved, the preservice teacher will not be able to complete a placement in a Goodstart nursery room or at a centre with immunocompromised staff or children.

  • Preservice teachers will need to provide evidence of immunisation and/or vaccination before their application for a placement at a Goodstart centre can be considered. This can include a copy of the Australian Immunisation Record or a letter from their medical practitioner confirming immunity and their interpretation of a pathology report confirming immunity.

  • We have a non-negotiable policy on Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Whooping Cough, Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations.  The safety, health and wellbeing of our Goodstarters, children and families is our priority and vaccinations is one way we achieve this. Preservice teachers with philosophical objections would not be able to complete a placement with Goodstart Early Learning.

  • You will have access to an identified Supervising Teacher at the centre who will work with the Senior Educator in the room to support you while you are on placement.

  • At Goodstart we believe that new graduate teachers need to be given time and support to develop their professional identity, knowledge, practice and engagement in their early career of being a teacher and moving to full/proficient teacher registration/accreditation (as per state-based requirements). Therefore, we want to support them with this focus by giving them the time and space to grow. There may be a new graduate teacher in the centre you are completing placement at – find time to chat together about their experiences and what they have learnt so far on their teaching journey.

  • Goodstart employees have an opportunity to access our THRIVE Program that supports educators studying to become teachers.  For further information about the program email upskilling@goodstart.org.au.

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