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4Children is currently advertising for the job role of Early Years & Childcare Manager in Howdon, North Tyneside.
Salary: £25,000 per annum.
Location: Howdon Nursery, Howdon Lane, North Tyneside, NE28 0AL.
Hours: 35 hours per week.
Closing date: 26th April 2012.
* To develop, oversee and manage the provision of a range of early years education, daycare and cr che services for children aged 0 - 5 years.
* To develop a strategy for continued links between all early years and childcare facilities in the area including links with school provisions and other on site partnerships.
* To support the involvement and ongoing development of staff, trainees and volunteers within the childcare services.
* To develop and oversee advertising strategies to promote and develop services including managing budgets, fundraising events and raising the profile of the charity.
* To assist the Head of Children's Services (North) on the development of the 4Children Centre programme.
* To lead on the establishment of a strategy for coordinating and developing high quality early years and childcare services to meet the needs of 0-5 years olds and the local community.
* To promote and encourage all users of the Early Years Education and childcare services - parents, carers, childminders and others to participate in the decision-making processes relating to the strategic development of those services within the Centre.
* To establish positive working relationships and a strategic approach to the development of relationships with partners and other agencies in the area - statutory, voluntary and community, in order to have the widest possible reach within the community and to provide a comprehensive service for families using the daycare and cr che facilities.
* To be responsible for the development and daily management of the day nursery providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment for children, including those with special needs.
* To be responsible for the management and development of all cr che provision for children to enable parents to participate in a range of Children's Centre activities.
* To establish and promote a working environment in which the emotional, social, psychological, physical, developmental and educational well-being of children is paramount and in which a supportive, empathetic and non-judgemental approach is used in all interactions with children and their families.
* To promote inclusive attitudes and practices to accommodate and support the diversity of the local community.
* To promote, encourage and support the active involvement of parents/carers, including childminders, as partners in all the activities of the various settings.
* To promote and support the development of an innovative approach to children's learning and play that includes a respectful image of children as competent and capable, and a close relationship between the Centre and the community.
* To manage a team of qualified, trainee and volunteer staff providing childcare and early education services within the related settings.
* To work closely with the Head Teacher, Governing body and Deputy Manager as part of a mutually supportive management team.
* To identify the staff resources required, and to organise the recruitment, induction and training of all childcare staff.
* To support childminders, encouraging them to participate in activities and events and providing models of good practice, in order to enhance their existing skills and ongoing development
* To manage and oversee a range ofcr che support services to support the activities within the area.
* To assess training and development needs for all childcare staff and volunteers and identify appropriate training and development opportunities.
* To provide regular support and supervision for all childcare staff.
* To provide regular monitoring reports to the various funding bodies, as required
* To oversee and manage the budget for the childcare and cr che services.
* To attend management and strategic meetings and contribute to the development of high quality childcare and cr che services
* To ensure effective day-to-day management and administration of the nursery and cr che, including record-keeping, report-writing, monitoring, database maintenance etc.
* To oversee effective administration of fee collection.
* To ensure that all Safeguarding Children Board procedures relating to child protection issues are implemented and adhered to as necessary.
* To be responsible for the provision of stimulating and secure care and learning environments for young children, which enable children to develop to their full potential and encourage positive parent/carer-child relationships.
* To work closely with and complement the role of the teacher.
* Work with the teacher to monitor the quality of teaching and learning through observation of all nursery staff as part of appraisal and performance management requirements and to ensure that children's progress is supported and extended in the best ways possible
* To promote an environment where children are encouraged to explore and investigate, directing their own activities and play as much as is practicable, while ensuring that the critical elements of an early years curriculum are fulfilled.
* To promote a creative andinnovative range of play and learning experiences, making full use of indoor and outdoor opportunities and facilities and utilising external facilitators where appropriate.
* To ensure that the emotional needs of children are treated on an equal level as physical, educational and other needs.
* To ensure that the approach to all areas of work with children, staff and parents/carers in the Centre is empathetic, positive and non-judgmental.
* To assess the needs of all children and develop care and development programmes to meet those needs.
* To provide appropriate services and support for children with special needs and their families.
* To keep up to date with relevant legislation, policy and practice.
* To establish an inclusive environment that welcomes and accommodates the diversity of cultures within the local community.
* To ensure that all Ofsted registration and inspection requirements are met and essential policies such as Health and Safety, First Aid, Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding Children, Data Protection, Confidentiality etc are implemented consistently throughout the Centre with respect to the delivery of the early years education and childcare and play services.
* To be committed to providing a quality childcare service and undertake to complete relevant accreditation schemes to demonstrate this.
* Arrange for parents/carers to be given regular information about the curriculum, the progress of their children and other matters affecting the Centre to promote a shared understanding of its aims.
* Promote the organisation's Equal Opportunities policies.
* Promote the organisation's Investors in People policies.
* In discharging the duties of the post to have due regard to the provisions of Health & Safety at Work legislation, as detailed in the Health and Safety manual.
* Undertake such additional responsibilities as and when required.
Education & qualifications
1. Educated to degree level with evidence of significant professional development in areas relevant to the post. Or working towards a degree under Scottish regulations.
2. Level 3 early years and childcare qualification
3. Enhanced CRB Disclosure Certificate
Experience & Abilities
1. At least three years' experience of working as a Manager of a nursery with children in the 0-5 age range and their families.
2. Experience of leading a staff team, including supervision, work allocation, assessment of training and professional development needs
3. Detailed knowledge of the emotional, physical, psychological and educational development of children, in order to provide an environment in which the child's full potential can be developed, and in which parents/carers can be supported in their relationship with their children.
4. Detailed knowledge of the particular requirements of children with special needs in terms of their support, development and care planning.
5. Experience of working with parents and carers from a range of cultural backgrounds, encouraging full participation in their children's play and learning opportunities
6. Experience of working with trainees and/or volunteers, facilitating their ongoing personal and professional development
7. Experience of managing budgets
8. Knowledge of all legislation relating to childcare
9. Knowledge of the Code of Practice for Special Educational needs
10. Knowledge of child protection issues and policies and relevant Safeguarding Children Board procedures
11. A working knowledge of relevant Health & safety and Basic Food Hygiene requirements
12. To be able to motivate, lead and supervise a staff team (including trainees and volunteers)
13. Ability to assess training and other professional development needs.
14. Plan team/specialist meetings and organise case conferences involving internal/external parties.
15. Ability to coordinate administration of childcare services, including fee collection and all record keeping required by Ofsted to meet EYFS framework.
16. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including the writing of reports and records
17. Able to use Word, Excel and databases
18. An empathetic, supportive and non-judgemental attitude towards children, parents/carers, staff and trainees/volunteers
19. Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of other professionals and agencies in order to provide the best possible support for children and their families
20. Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of users, partners, providers, volunteer and staff.
21. Ability to contribute to ideas and strategic planning for the ongoing development and improvement of services
22. An understanding of the needs of volunteers and trainees.
23. Responsive to change and ideas; able to adapt to new systems and flexible working patterns
24. Committed to continuing professional development
25. Able to plan and prioritise in a flexible and informed way
1. Experience of managing out-of-school services
2. Experience of working with management committees, partnership groups, community forums etc
3. Experience of working with outreach workers, community groups, voluntary sector organisations etc, as a way of building and maintaining links with the local community
4. Experience of working within a new/developing project, with particular emphasis on developing high quality childcare services.
PRINCIPAL TERMS & CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
EARLY YEARS AND CHILDCARE MANAGER
1. Hours of Work
35 hours per week.
2. Duration of Contract
28 days per year including Bank Holidays.
£25,000.00 per annum.
5. Method of Pay
Salaries are paid by direct debit into the staff members nominated bank
account on the 15th day of each month.
6. Place of Work
Howdon Nursery, Howdon Lane, North Tyneside, NE28 0AL.
We have a comprehensive benefits scheme which includes an employers contribution to pension of up to 6% and a life assurance scheme.
8. Trade Unions
The organisation has a recognition agreement with Unite the Union.
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