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A little bit about us

A little bit about us

With a proud history and a progressive mindset, Kids First is a leading provider of educational, family and support services for children and families in Melbourne. We are at the forefront of responding to community needs and strengthening families so that children can thrive. Our programs are evidence-based and built on more than 120 years of service.

We have child and family centres in Thomastown and Heidelberg and a growing network of early years learning centres operating in Banyule, Whittlesea and Mitchell Shire. Our practitioners work across a full spectrum of community service engaging with parents, families, schools and referral partners through to providing one to one counselling and group programs for children and adults to overcome trauma.

We are proud of our collaborative and outcomes focused culture, that is stimulating and rewarding for staff.

Why work with us?

You will become part of an inspirational journey. Fighting for every child, everyday. At Kids First we provide a positive working environment, recognition, engagement, career development and regular training to support the professional development of all staff, the career opportunities are infinite!

Not to mention the staff benefits....

Why work with us?

Staff Benefits

Supported Study Leave
Supported Study Leave
Staff Wellbeing Program
Staff Wellbeing Program
Flexible Working Hours
Flexible Working Hours
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Assistance Program
Reflective Supervision Practice
Reflective Supervision Practice
Salary packaging Options
Salary packaging Options
Quality and Safety Work Practices
Quality and Safety Work Practices
Staff Recognition Program
Staff Recognition Program
5 Days Cultural Leave
5 Days Cultural Leave
3 Days Christmas Leave
3 Days Christmas Leave
20 Days Family Violence Leave
20 Days Family Violence Leave
5 Days Compassionate Leave
5 Days Compassionate Leave
Additional Purchased Leave
Additional Purchased Leave
Return from Parental Leave Week
Return from Parental Leave Week
Creating an inclusive environment

Creating an inclusive environment

At Kids First diversity, engagement and inclusivity are central to our values. We are dedicated to hiring diverse talent, embracing diversity and ensuring that we provide everyone with equal opportunity to thrive! We have several committees that work to ensure that we are always upholding our inclusion and diversity promise.

Currently not offering placements until late 2021

Student Placement

Kids First is committed to providing students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience. We value the contribution of students to our agency and are passionate about supporting the development of our sector. We offer work placements to both university and TAFE students.

At Kids First, our current policy is to advertise placement roles when we have capacity to support students requiring placement as part of their studies. At this time, we do not have any available vacancies for placement. We do however encourage you to keep an eye on this page as we will list any placement roles that do become available.

Student Placement

I joined Kids First because I get to use my creative expertise to challenge and inspire people. Even though I don't work directly with children and families, by sharing our message and mission I am transforming lives everyday."

Alex, Marketing and Communications

2 years with Kids First

Kids First Australia, trading name of Children’s Protection Society Inc is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office 2018 Children’s Protection Society Inc. All rights reserved. – ABN 52 303 567 862