Graduate Program

Play a vital role

At the Y, we support children, young people and families across over 100 Victorian communities. Our teams provide innovative early education, youth programs, and outside school hours care, making a difference in thousands of lives every day.

And we’re proud to be not-for-profit, while also being Victoria’s largest kindergarten provider!

Our vision is simple: to make a better world with and for young people. And that vision guides us in everything we do. When you join the Y, you’ll find a supportive team of passionate, driven people who unite behind this shared purpose.

While you’re studying

While you’re at Uni, we’ll make sure that your placements are as practical and supportive as possible, by working closely with your university.

And after graduation, we’ll be there to welcome you with open arms.

Launching your career

Get your career off to a great start in our Graduate Program with mentoring, support and so much more!

Professional growth: We’re committed to your ongoing development as a teacher. You’ll have access to continuous professional learning opportunities, workshops, and training sessions to enhance your skills and keep you up-to-date with the latest teaching practices.

Mentorship program: Starting out might feel a little overwhelming, but don’t worry! Our mentorship program pairs you up with experienced teachers who will guide you, answer your questions, and provide valuable insights as you begin your career.

Diverse teaching opportunities: We understand that you have unique strengths and interests. That’s why we offer a variety of teaching opportunities, from different age groups to specialised programs. At Y Kinders, you’ll have the chance to explore and find your perfect fit.

A warm and inclusive environment: We take pride in fostering a positive and inclusive work environment. You’ll be surrounded by supportive colleagues who genuinely care about your well-being and success as a teacher.

Making a difference: As a kindergarten teacher with us, you’ll play a crucial role in shaping the next generation of young minds. Your efforts will have a profound impact on children’s lives, and there’s nothing more rewarding than witnessing their growth and achievements. Because we know just how vital early learning is in a child’s educational journey, our salaries are in line with primary school teachers.

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