Affinity Education Group

Affinity Education Group has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2023. The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] recognises organisations that develop workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through established policies and practices which demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

“Affinity Education Group is delighted to be selected as an Employer of Choice in the Australian Business Awards 2023. The award recognises Affinity’s talented team and our commitment to embracing and advancing their potential.

“Our promise – Potential, Realised – is at the heart of our employee experience, and the experience we offer to the children we educate and care for.

“Affinity’s growth and success over the past decade has been achieved through our strong ‘Affinity Way’ culture, built on Affinity’s six core values: Delivering Outstanding Professionalism, Going Above and Beyond, Living the Team Spirit, Creating Shining Stars, Being Completely Connected and (importantly) Having Serious Fun.

“Our Leadership Team are 100% committed to ensuring Affinity provides competitive and rewarding employment opportunities and training and development designed to optimise and recognise passion and potential in every employee.

“This award acknowledges every trainee, educator, teacher, Centre Management team, Area Manager, National Leadership Team, Quality and Education Team, and Affinity’s incredible Centre Support Office who back our centres every day to deliver high-quality early education and care.”

Tim Hickey, CEO, Affinity Education Group

Affinity Education Group (Affinity) is one of Australia’s fastest-growing early education and childcare providers. During the past decade of operations, the business has grown to operate more than 225 centres, employing close to 5000 early childhood educators, teachers, operational employees, and quality and education advisers around Australia.

Within the past two years, Affinity has welcomed approximately 1500 additional employees to the business through a robust acquisition period, acquiring privately run childcare centres. The success of these integrations at both a cultural and professional level provides testimony to the opportunities Affinity provides its employees to realise their full potential. 

Despite operating a dispersed business model over 225 locations, Affinity successfully aligns its Centre Support Office departments closely to every centre it operates, creating collaborative and efficient working partnerships with exciting outcomes. The most celebrated moments are always linked to the successes of its people, and the business dedicates significant time and resources to removing barriers for educators, teachers and operational leaders to enable them to achieve their potential. 

Sector-leading employee experiences offered by Affinity include supported paid accredited training, robust development planning and career mapping, extensive recognition and reward practices and a comprehensive focus on health, safety and education. Children’s agency, safety, quality and employee wellbeing are pillars at Affinity, supported by comprehensive policies, procedures and dedicated resources. Employees are free to voice their opinions, share feedback and provide formal and informal input into the future direction of their careers. Regular staff surveys, comprehensive performance reviews, daily staff catch-ups, Employee huddles and regular Communities of Practice create opportunities for employees to share in and shape the future of childcare centres.

Affinity’s sector-leading performance outcomes in occupancy, quality, training and career progression are evidence of its preferred status as an employer. A rapidly growing database of testimonials, engagement survey outcomes, public employee reviews, quality improvement outcomes, internal promotions, and training opportunities provides evidence of Affinity’s position as the Employer of Choice in Australia’s early education and care sector.

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