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Why Choose a Career with C&K

So much more than a job

Discover the benefits of belonging to the C&K family. It’s why so many of our employees come for a job, but stay for a career—because C&K is a place where you can feel at home. It’s why so many employees refer friends and family members to C&K.

At C&K you’ll enjoy a culture of collaboration and respect. Working across teams, functions and the state of Queensland. You’ll enjoy access to some of the most talented people in their fields. Equally, you’ll be valued for your skills and expertise.

Collective success is rewarded and diversity is highly valued. So we’ll welcome your ideas and opinions, trust you to do your job and treat you with genuine respect and consideration.

We recognise that you have a life outside work. We have a variety of flexible working arrangements such as part-time and flexible hours that may be available. We also support family-friendly policies (such as career breaks and parental leave) so that people can enjoy a work/life balance without compromising their professional development.

You are the difference

Parents choose the C&K philosophy for their child’s early education and care experience because we offer learning through play at all C&K services. We promote a natural environment, resources and equipment and large natural outdoor play areas for children to explore learn and have fun!

We are a not for profit organisation so any surplus funds are reinvested to ensure better outcomes for children. We also invest in you as employees, so that you can invest in children - inspire and provide the highest quality education and care. We know you’re passionate and committed to early learning. We know you are the difference.

Employee Benefits 


Competitive Remuneration  

C&K’s overall remuneration strategy strives to attract, retain and motivate high-quality employees. Centre-based employees are covered by Enterprise Agreements that offer wages significantly above relevant modern awards, whilst non-centre based employees’ salaries are benchmarked to ensure they are competitively positioned. 


Employee Assistance Program to Employees and Immediate Families

C&K offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all employees and their immediate families. The EAP services are delivered by registered psychologists and relevant specialists to provide employees with a wide range of support services, including:

  • Confidential psychological counselling
  • Counselling delivered by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander psychologists
  • Crisis contact and emergency counselling services provided 24/7/365
  • Manager support program
  • Online resource centre providing preventative health and well-being resources
  • Dedicated online portal for managers and leaders with extensive support resources
  • Holistic, proactive and preventative services including financial coaching, legal and dietary advice

Paid Blue Card

The Blue Card system contributes to the creation of safe and supportive environments for children when participating in services and activities that are essential for their healthy development and well-being. C&K cover the initial and renewal costs of a Blue Card for all permanent and fixed term contract employees prior to the commencement of their duties.


Employee Discounts

C&K has some discount options available to our employees. This includes a partnership with Bupa to provide corporate health insurance that is holistic and includes a range of wellness solutions for employees and their families.


Parental Leave and Return to Work Support

C&K’s Return to Work Support Program is aimed at providing support to parents returning from approved parental leave. This is a unique benefit that offers C&K employees a payment equivalent to six weeks' wages or salary over a six-month period, at the time of returning to work. We have put this program in place to help ensure our employees experience a smooth transition back to work while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Eligibility criteria applies. 


Career Break Program

The Career Break Program allows employees with more than three years of service with C&K to have a break from their current position for six months, to work in another organisation. The employee will leave knowing that their position remains open for them to return at the end of the six months if they wish to. 


Priority Access to Childcare with C&K

As a family friendly employer, we recognise the childcare needs of our team members who are parents or guardians. That’s why permanent and fixed term contract employees have priority access to childcare in C&K childcare centres. This means you will be placed at the top of a centre’s waiting list and offered the next vacancy.


First Aid Training and Support

C&K’s reputation is founded upon the community’s confidence in our ability to deliver quality education and care services. To maintain this confidence, C&K supports all centre employees who work with children in their primary role through current First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis certification and covers these costs for permanent and fixed-term contract employees. This not only ensures the safety of the children, but also the safety of our employees and supporting their confidence in providing the highest quality of care.


Education Program

We acknowledge that our organisation’s greatest assets are our people. Every C&K employee contributes their knowledge, skills and experience in their own way and it’s always our aim to provide a workplace in which employees are recognised for the value they bring and their ongoing commitment. In consultation with your manager  education assistance will be considered for training and education that is relevant to an employee’s current role. This may include:

  • Short training courses including accredited training
  • Higher education
  • Paid study and/or exam leave
  • Financial assistance associated with a relevant course, module or subject, including specified educational materials

Learning and development at C&K


Beginning to Teach at C&K Program

The C&K Beginning to Teach at C&K program is a support and learning program for newly graduated teachers, teachers coming from a primary or secondary background, and provisionally registered teachers working towards registration. The program is delivered over 12 months, with an extension of an extra 12 months available for teachers working toward full registration from QCT.

Learn more about the program


Discounted Fees to study with the C&K College if Early Childhood

The C&K College of Early Childhood is a respected Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that delivers qualifications for the early childhood sector including the Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. All C&K employees receive a discount on the fees for studying with the C&K College of Early Childhood. 

Learn more about the college


Salary Packaging

Salary Packaging is a tax-effective means for an employee to take part in their future cash remuneration in forms other than cash. Permanent and fixed-term contract employees may salary package the following:

  • C&K childcare fees
  • C&K kindergarten fees
  • Superannuation
  • Novated vehicle lease
  • Mortgage/rent
  • Portable electronic device (PED)
  • Professional memberships
  • Health insurance

Employee Referral Program

The Employee Referral Program (ERP) is a program through which C&K employees can refer people who they know (e.g. friends, family) for advertised positions in the organisation. Employees are eligible to receive a referral reward if they refer a new permanent or fixed term contract employee and the referred employee successfully completes their probationary period. 


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