Assistants (Early Childhood and Primary School)

We are seeking to expand our pool of casual relief Assistants, both in our Early Childhood and Primary School faculties.

About the role

In Early Childhood, the role of Assistant is to support the Room Leader/Teacher with the preparation of activities and domestic duties such as morning tea preparation, cleaning and washing and the supervision of children between the ages of three and six, both inside the rooms and outside in the playgrounds. The Assistant is an integral adult in the room and the role also requires an understanding of the intimate and dynamic professional working relationship with the teacher as well as the developmental needs of the children according to the principles of Steiner Early Childhood Education.

In the Primary School, you may be allocated to a class or various classes to support the Classroom Teacher in delivering the curriculum, whilst catering for the needs of students with an identified disability or other additional needs.

Key Competencies / Skills

  • Ability to work with the Steiner education philosophy and practices and child development
  • The ability to provide an appropriate role model for the young child and have a strong commitment to and an understanding of duty of care
  • The ability to work in a professional and collegial manner with colleagues
  • The ability to plan and work in an organised manner and to self-reflect on professional practices
  • Committed to ongoing individual and collaborative professional development
  • Good communication and conflict resolution skills
  • The ability to support professional relationships with the parents
  • The ability to work under direction and be flexible, punctual and calm
  • The ability to plan and work in an organised, professional and collegial manner
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality
  • The ability to practice an appropriate standard of hygiene and safe food handling and maintain a clean, safe and orderly environment
  • The ability to work with children with special needs.

Applicant Requirements

  • Minimum Certificate III in Children’s Services
  • Education support qualifications highly desirable (for Primary School)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Current Working with Vulnerable People (WwVP) registration
  • Eligibility to work in Australia. 


Applications must be submitted via SEEK and must include:

  1. A cover letter telling us about yourself and why you are interested in joining Orana.
  2. Your current CV detailing your qualifications and experience
  3. Your Working with Vulnerable People (WwVP) registration number
  4. Names and contact details of two professional referees (one of which must be your current / most recent direct supervisor).

Email address for enquiries: [email protected]

About Our School

Orana Steiner School is a vibrant, growing co-educational Early Childhood to Year 12 school of around 600 students. Set within a natural landscape and on a magnificent 16-hectare property in Weston, an inner south suburb of Canberra, Orana seeks to provide a high-quality education for its students, based on the Steiner Education tradition. In its 40-year history, Orana Steiner School has developed an enviable reputation for its standards and achievements, and its warm, caring culture. Orana proudly employs applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Orana Steiner School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its students in accordance with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and child safety legislation. The successful candidates must hold (or be eligible to obtain and maintain) a Working with Vulnerable People (WwVP) registration.

Orana Steiner School
12 April 2024