SPACE – Job Description

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Space facilitator

Papakura Anglican Church is looking for a part time SPACE facilitator. This is a paid fixed term position working with a small team planning and delivering the 30 week SPACE programme to SPACE participants, parents and babies. The position is initially 4 hours per week each Monday during school term time, however the hours may increase to 8 next year. The successful applicant will join an existing programme that has been operating out of the church for a number of years.

Early Childhood Education Diploma or other relevant qualification is preferred but not essential. Appropriate experience and a First Aid Certificate is required. The ideal person is organised, a good communicator, has excellent interpersonal skills, a knowledge of early childhood practices and experience with infants (0 – 15 months).

If not already a certified trained SPACE facilitator, online training will be required along with attendance at a two-day course.

A job description is available on the church website

Applications can be made by sending a CV including two referees and a brief description of what makes you the best person for this position, to Louise

Applications close on Mon 9th October with interviews the following week.

The job description can be downloaded at this link here: Papakura Space facilitator Job-role-description. Or you can also view it below:

Papakura Space Facilitator Job-role description


Papakura Anglican Church

Position title

Space Facilitator

Hours of work

4 Hours

Position purpose:

A Space Facilitator is responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating the Space for you and your baby to Space participants. A Space facilitator works with a Space support person.

Working Relationships:

Responsible to

Space team / organisations management

Key Relationships

Space Coordinator / Space team / organisations management

Space Support Person

Guest Speakers

Space participants, parents & babies

Space Liaison person from the organisation / centre where Space is being delivered

Key Result Areas:

KRA 1: Administration tasks   KRA 2: Planning and Delivering a session

Key Tasks/responsibility

  • Carry out administration tasks (Refer to the Space Management & Operations manual)
  • Complete & record all relevant documents
  • Oversee parents in completing Space NZ Enrolment Form & forward with coversheet to Co-ordinator

KRA 2: Planning and Delivering a session

Key Tasks/responsibility

  • Be fully responsible for the supervision & delivery of the Space for you and your baby
  • Be at the centre at least 15 minutes before the start of the session to ensure the centre is in order.
  • Tidy & secure the centre at the conclusion of session
  • Refer to the Curriculum manual to deliver the weekly sessions
  • Prepare session outlines & deliver the Space discussion topics
  • Liaise with guest speakers delivering topics on your Space sessions, & with Space team to ensure gift vouchers/payment are organised
  • Be aware of the needs of Space participants & identify ways to support them
  • Introduce the relevant early childhood information/documentation to parents
  • gradually throughout the Space for you and your baby
  • Support participants to transition into other early childhood programmes when appropriate
  • Discuss & plan with Space support person for an end of programme celebration for parents

KRA 3: Equipment

Key Tasks/responsibility

  • Be responsible for ensuring the minimum equipment is provided for during the Space for you and your baby sessions
  • Pack away all Space Equipment after each session & store in a safe place. (Note: Space equipment should be used for Space Sessions only)
  • Ensure all Space equipment is maintained to a high standard, cleaned & replaced or repaired as necessary
  • Carry out an end of term clean & stock take of Space equipment with Space Support Person

KRA 4: Evaluating the programme

Key Tasks/responsibility

  • Compile regular reports to the Space team &/or your organisations management
  • Complete the recommended Space evaluation processes throughout the programme

KRA 5: Training & Professional development

Key Tasks/responsibility

  • Undertake relevant professional development & training as recommended
  • Be involved in a performance review process
  • Keep First Aid Certificate current

KRA 6: Completing the programme

Key Tasks/responsibility

  • Discuss & plan with Support Person on the integration of Space parents into other early childhood or community programmes
  • Discuss & plan with Support Person for an end of programme celebration for parents

Qualifications / Skills required:


Essential: First Aid Certificate

Preferred: Early Childhood Education Diploma (or other relevant qualification/experience)

Knowledge & Experience

Space training

Knowledge of early childhood practices

Early childhood experience

Group facilitation skills

Understanding of working with parents in a group environment

Experience with infants (0-15 months)

Understanding of infants learning & development

willingness to undertake professional development

Knowledge of and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Interrelation skills and ability to work with a range of parents and infants

Willingness to work as a team

Personal Qualities

Some of the skills and characteristics of facilitators include:

Being supportive                         Non-judgmental

Organised                                     Knowledgeable

Approachable                              Friendly

Fun                                                Positive

Caring                                           Have empathy

Compassionate                           Respectful

Flexible                                         Trusting

Open communication                Genuine

Adaptable                                    Responsive

Proactive                                      Resilient

Expectations/needs to know

Space facilitators should be familiar with the following:

  • Space Curriculum Manuals
  • Space Management & Operations Manual
  • Organisations philosophy, policies & practices
  • Organisations constitution, rules & guidelines
  • Centre/Organisations philosophy, charter & management documents
  • Centre/Organisations policies
  • Enrolment forms
  • Centre registers
  • Immunisation register/records
  • Partnership Agreement between Space NZ Trust & organisation
  • Space Facilitator employment contract
  • Space Facilitator & Space support persons job descriptions
  • Early childhood regulations (Ministry of Education website & regulatory framework –
  • Ministry of Education Funding Handbook
  • Te Wh?riki
  • Observation techniques & programme planning methods
  • Various Space forms (evaluation & statistics forms)



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