Early Learning and Care Careers

Current Opportunities



Finishing year 12, or looking for a career change? Our traineeships will have you feel supported whilst you work towards your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Early Childhood Educator Jobs

As an educator, you’ll be empowered to make a real difference for children, families and your team. Find a role that works around you with permanent and casual jobs on offer.

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Early Childhood Teacher Jobs

Here we trust the expertise of our early childhood teachers. Use your judgement, adapt learning approaches and bring creativity and playfulness to each and every day.

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Preschool & Day Care Centre Director Jobs

Play a crucial role in the lives of children and families in your local community. You’ll be supported by people who are as invested as you, to ensure your centre continues to achieve a ‘Meeting’, ‘Exceeding’ or ‘Excellent’ standard.

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Centre Cook Jobs

Make a difference for all little tummies – cooking is love made visible. As a cook in one of our preschools or day care centres, you’ll enjoy the freedom to create nutritious, tasty meals, along with the work life balance that comes with working.

All Early Learning and Care Careers

Early childhood educators engage in thoughtful planning, foster play, provide encouragement, offer explanations, nurture, and ignite inspiration.

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Search job vacancies in our day care and term only preschools in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Sydney areas

Why Choose Us

We share to grow

As leaders in our field with 40+ centres across NSW, we’re never not learning. Or growing. It’s at the heart of everything we do. You’ll have a front row seat to the latest research and thinking on early childhood education. And your own platform for sharing ideas while getting exposure to different practices and reflections across our centres. This is how we grow, get better and solve problems: together.

We're in it together

There’s a real in-it-together feeling here. We’re in it together as teammates and leaders. We’re in it together for our children and each other. This allows us to create a safe and supportive environment for everyone. With clear policies and procedures, you’ll know what to do and what’s expected of you. And with the infrastructure and resources of a big company, you’ll feel supported - at every level.

Big smiles all round

There’s a lot to smile about when you’re bringing fun, laughter and play to each day. Shaping young minds. And doing work you love with people who are as invested as you. When we work together as educators, families and a community to bring out the best in our children, we bring out the best in each other. We create happy, healthy relationships between all the most important people in a child’s life. It’s a job that’s joyful and rewarding.

Empowered to make a real difference

We treasure your expertise as an educator. You’ll be given the freedom to use your judgement and adapt approaches to create imaginative and inspiring ways for children to experiment and grow. And as we’re child-first, you get to design experiences based off your children’s unique needs and interests. Here, you will make each child’s world a better place.

Investing in You

Early childhood educators plan, play, encourage, explain, nurture and inspire. They support and guide children’s learning and development, to give every child the best chance in life. Now that’s an important job.

We’re dedicated to learning, collaboration and innovation. And that goes for our people too. Our Practice team are responsible for finding and using the latest research and philosophy to inform our practices, and creating experiences to develop our people.

Here you’ll get exclusive face-to-face professional learning and networking opportunities, as well as access to 5eLearning modules on topics such as our own educational framework, positive interactions with children and online safety.

We provide mentoring through our Community of Practices (Educational Leader, Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and Trainees), Masterclasses, regular practice support visits, internal conferences, and a fund dedicated to attending external conferences.

We also create opportunities for our people to share their learnings and reflections across our many centres, allowing educators to apply them in their practices to continually improve. At Big Fat Smile we share for the betterment of one another, creating practical opportunities for you to learn and grow.

Big Fat Smile makes me feel welcome, supported and that I am making a difference in the lives of those we care for

– Big Fat Smile Educator

Dilek, Centre Director at Cobblers Hill Community Preschool

Dilek loves working at Big Fat Smile because of the dedication of her colleagues and her team’s confidence in supporting her service’s child-centric, strength-based approach to early learning and care.

Thomas, Trainee at Bulli Community Preschool

Thomas’ journey with Big Fat Smile started as a participant of our Pre-Employment Program. Building relationships with children and families has been the highlight so far.

Josie, Diploma Educator at Warrawong Community Preschool

Starting as a trainee in 2015, Josie has built an impressive career here. Her passion for improving outcomes for children with a trauma background, has seen her earning one of 7 scholarships to further her career.

Our locations

Over the past 40+ years we’ve grown into one of the largest and most respected providers in our region. Today Big Fat Smile runs a network of community preschools, out of school hours care, vacation care and a portfolio of community and inclusion programs across Australia, but still with a firm, solid foundation in the Illawarra.

With 26 long day care and term only preschools across Sydney, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Sydney, we’re hoping you’ll find the right opportunity to join our team of 650+ brilliant educators and teachers who are enriching the lives and minds of over 3000 children and their families.

Find a workplace that’s close to home

Our Values

Every one of our people work hard to live our values, which guide everything we do. The most important of which is putting the safety and wellbeing of our children first.

On top of this, we’re creating an environment where everyone is welcomed, valued and respected – regardless of their differences. Where we can work together in courageous and imaginative ways. Where we can lead the industry through excellence and advocate the important role our educators play. And everything we do centres on the child.

Putting a child front and centre means we create inspired learning experiences that match a child’s needs and interests. We bring fun, laugher and play to every day. And we make more of a difference to each of their lives, in every way.

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Insights into life at Big Fat Smile

Big Fat Smile Celebrates Seven Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to seven of our wonderful early childhood educators who were recently awarded the 2022-23 Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Scholarship and the Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program by the NSW...

Six awesome employee perks at Big Fat Smile

At Big Fat Smile we recognise that investing in our teams’ overall well-being and job satisfaction is crucial to fulfilling our vision of ‘enriching the lives and minds of children...

Big Fat Smile hosted first Networking Event for 2023

40 early childhood professionals came together to learn more about supporting children with protective behaviours. Aligned with our value of connection and demonstrating how we share to...

Search job vacancies in our day care and term only preschools in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Sydney areas