A boutique owner-operated service is looking for leaders who aspire to help us build Canberra’s best early childhood education and care service.

A number of full-time opportunities exist for Early Childhood Teachers, Room Leaders and Educators to join us on this exciting journey.

Who we are:

Conveniently located close to Lanyon Marketplace, Explore & Develop Conder is a well-run service with a beautiful environment and a supportive workplace.

We have a wonderful community of families, community partners and team members that we are looking to grow in 2024.

Explore & Develop is a collaborative group of privately owned early childhood education services. Our team and families get the best of both worlds – a direct relationship with the service owner along with the benefits of best-practice research, support and training from the highly experienced group.

In addition to ongoing Professional Development programs and career advancement opportunities, team members also receive access to our Employee Assistance Program that offers access to confidential counselling and support.

What we’re like to work with:

We live and work by our values of ECE = Ethical, Collaboration and Excellence.

In a recent employee survey, staff named the best things about working with the Explore & Develop group as:

  • Meaningful work with positive outcomes for children and families
  • Always aiming for best practice in our sector
  • Supportive workplace culture, where people feel valued
  • Strong leadership
  • Ongoing PD opportunities
  • “Teams are like family”

Our leadership team:

Explore & Develop Conder is privately owned by Su Garrett, an early childhood professional renowned for her expertise and deep commitment to keeping children at the centre of their own learning experiences.

Su is also the owner of Explore & Develop Annandale (NSW), one of the handful of services across Australia to be awarded the rating of ‘Excellent’ by ACECQA. It achieved this rating for its collaborative partnerships, positive workplace culture and high-quality practice and environments. Su aspires to build the workplace, practice and partnerships of Explore & Develop Conder with the same high-quality and collaborative approach.

Nominated Supervisor, Sharon Mathers, is a highly experienced professional with more than 30 years in the sector. Sharon cultivates teams who are committed to providing inspirational places for children, innovative spaces for learning and inclusive thinkers with a spirit of respect for inclusion and the rights of children.

Who you are:

You are a dedicated, trustworthy and committed professional who loves your career in the early childhood sector.

You value an environment that appreciates your input and ideas. You enjoy working as part of a diverse and inclusive team.

You are excited by the prospect of working for an organisation that offers ongoing professional development opportunities.

You will possess the following essential skills:

  • Experience in the early childhood sector
  • A genuine interest in nurturing the educational development of children
  • ECE Qualifications – you will currently hold (or be working towards achieving) your Diploma or Degree qualifications
  • A current Working with Vulnerable People Check (ACT)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proactivity and a positive can-do attitude
  • An inclusive, respectful and high-quality approach to your work

How to apply/ For more information:

Either fill out the form below or email Su Garrett at  with your up-to-date resume and a bit about why you’d like to work with us.

We are so excited for 2024 and look forward to hearing from you!