Our client in the Randalstown area are looking to recruit a Deputy Playgroup Leader to join their team on a temporary part time basis
The Deputy Leader is firstly responsible to the Leader and secondly to the Management Committee. The Deputy Leader should support the Leader in providing a safe, caring and welcoming environment for children and their families. In order to achieve this, the Deputy Leader should:
- Help prepare and fully set out the playroom appropriately before the session commences and tidy up after the session ends.
- Help to ensure good standards of hygiene are followed and that equipment is safe and regularly checked as recommended in DHSS guidelines.
- Attend and participate in all staff meetings.
- Assist in the planning and preparation so that the activities offered throughout the session allow the children to experience the full breadth of the curriculum as laid down in the Department of Education Guidance for Pre-school Education.
- Carry out regular observations and make an assessment of each child's needs within the Playgroup as directed by the Playgroup Leader.
- Help organise and take part in activities, special events, visits and group outings.
- Encourage parental involvement in the Playgroup and in the child's learning.
- Keep parents/carers up-to-date on the progress of your child to include two interviews per year..
- Listen to, encourage, enable and stimulate the children and ensure their safekeeping.
- Attend relevant evening meetings and courses as directed by the Leader or Management Committee. Course fees may be considered by the Management for approved training.
- Advise the Leader of any matter requiring attention such as concerns about a child or equipment needing repair/replacement.
- Securely keep confidential any personal information regarding children, their families or other staff which she/he learns as part of their job. Such information should only be passed on in the interests of a child. The Deputy Leader will then approach the Leader with the information. Only if she/he feels the Leader is not taking adequate action should the Deputy Leader take the matter further to the Designated Person, Deputy Designated Person, Chairperson of the Committee and/or the Early Years Adviser depending on the issue.
- In the absence of the Leader, the Deputy Leader will assume all the responsibilities and tasks of the Playgroup Leader.
- Complete any other reasonable duty relevant to the post.
- Level 5 Qualification in Early Years Care and Education or Equivalent
- At least 2 years' experience of working in an early years setting, with children aged 0-7 years, in a paid capacity giving knowledge and understanding of child development and the needs of children and their families. Enjoy working with children.
- Leadership skills and ability to lead a staff team in the absence of the leader.
- Ability to record and pass on information accurately.
- Ability to plan and organise.
- ICT skills.
- Knowledge of the Preschool Curriculum.
- Planning, Observation and Evaluation knowledge.
- Ability to recognise and identify problems-deal with conflict.
- Ability to lift children and equipment when required.
- Friendly, helpful, caring, flexible, open minded, patient, approachable.
- Willingness to attend evening meeting and training.
- Understand the importance of parental involvement.
- Awareness of quality and equality of opportunity.
- BA (Early Childhood Studies) degree or NVQ Level 4 (Early Years Care and Education)
- Experience as a deputy leader or management
- Relevant training in management of early years settings
- Experience of observation and record keeping.
- Ability to cope with many different roles/responsibilities.
- Self-confidence and the ability to relate well to outside agencies and professionals.
Hours are Mon-Friday 9am-11am