APPLYING FOR JOBS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where do I find the job description?
Job descriptions for each role will be attached when the vacancy goes live on our website. This can be accessed by clicking on the orange text in the box beside the words “Job Description”. This document will not be accessible before this date.
Is there a specific application form?
All applications for advertised vacancies must be submitted using the official application form. This can be found on our website by either clicking on the link next to “Apply now”, or by using the left hand menu on the “Apply for Jobs” page of our website, and selecting “Teacher/Head Teacher Application Form”.
Can I apply now or do I have to wait?
If you would like to work on this form before submitting it or in fact before a vacancy becomes available, you can access a writeable PDF to work on, however you will still need to copy this into the on line form for submitting.
If you know the vacancy number (possibly through email correspondence) there is nothing to stop you applying now, however apart from an automatic response through the online system, we will not process your application until the vacancy opens.
What if I want to send additional information?
You can send additional information to support your application form via email to email@example.com, but please consider whether it is something that will add to your application. There is no necessity to send qualifications or registration, if you state you hold these we will believe you but will obviously need to sight them if you are offered employment (you would need to bring them to interview).
This information can also be delivered to our Head Office, addressed to Human Resources, Kidsfirst Kindergartens, PO Box 8089, Christchurch 8440. This must arrive by the closing time and date. If it is coloured and you want the copies that go to the panel to also be coloured, please supply an original and 3 copies.
How do I send referee reports? Is there a specific form?
Referee reports must also be completed on line using our official form which can be accessed below the application form on our website. Again this must reach us by the closing time and date and be completed on line. If you would like to work on the form before submitting it, you can access a writeable PDF to work on, however you will still need to copy this into the on line form for submitting.
Can I use previous referee reports?
At the bottom of the form the referee is asked if they wish their report to remain on file so it can be used for future / other vacancies. If they tick yes to this question then we will follow that instruction. If they tick no, then this document will be destroyed at the close of the current vacancy. Please ensure your referees know this.
Additionally, any documentation kept on file for you is kept for 12 months at which point it is destroyed, so if your referee reports are older than 12 months then we will not hold them. If you are unsure whether we hold one on file or if it is current, please call and ask. However if you list that we hold one on file in your application form and we discover that we don’t, we will contact you to confirm.
Please note that referee documentation gathered for other purposes (i.e., applying to be a relieving teacher) are not collected in the same format and therefore cannot be used for this purpose. If you wish to use the same people they will need to complete our online form also.
What does a point position look like?
Point positions are simply a percentage of a full time position. So a 0.818 position means 0.818 x 40 hours which equates to approximately 32 and ¾ hours.
How these hours are made up depends on the position. The larger positions (0.727, 0.818, 0.909) are all morning teachers covering the morning session and then generally covering the lunch breaks of some / all of the other teachers. In addition they would work a number of hours professional time to fit around this, exactly when is something to be negotiated with the team and Head Teacher in order to ensure your ability to attend team meetings etc.
The smaller positions (0.182, 0.273, 0.364) are either teacher positions specifically to cover while other teachers take a lunch break, or afternoon teacher positions covering the afternoon session only. There are some variations on this, but this is the general concept. Again there is some professional time built into these roles.
The table below provides some more detail regarding the most common combination of hours:
What would my employment conditions look like?
Kindergarten Teachers are all employed under the current version of the NZEI Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers Collective Agreement, or an individual agreement based on this document. You can view this document at (www.minedu.govt.nz/goto.employmentagreements).