Early Years Room Leader

Website Little Acorns Nursery, Montessori Play School & Acorns After School

Job Title: Early Years Room Leader
Essential Qualifications: QQI Level 7 in Childcare or above
Room Leader Reports to: Early Years & School Aged Childcare Manager
Purpose of role:
• To ensure a high standard of physical, personal, emotional, social and intellectual care for all children in their care
• To report to Manager
• To give support to the team of Childcare Assistants in the room by leading by example.
• To work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all children can play, learn and develop.
Key Areas:
• Work with children and support children’s education and development
• Lead the planning of safe, creative and appropriate learning opportunities
• Ensure early years room and equipment is kept in good working order
• Liaise with Parents/Carers
• To review
• Ensure all activity and practices in room adheres to Aistear best practice and
company policies and procedures.
• To report regularly to the Manager and Assistant Manager and keep them updated
Duties & responsibilities:
• Room Leaders are responsible for the management, development and production of the Learning Stories and curriculum record keeping for their class. These responsibilities can be assigned to the team as a whole but each Room Leader is ultimately responsible for the upkeep of these records.
• To ensure interactions with and communications about team members are professional at all times.
• Formulate and operate a programme of activities that meet the individual needs and interests of children in your area in conjunction with other team members and the Manager.
• To keep records of children’s development and learning journals, share this with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life.
• Ensure learning journals are updated with accurate and relevant information about children’s activities and development.
• Support all staff to engage in good team working
• Support team members to see out any training or support they may require to fulfil their roles and responsibilities
• Ensure all record keeping (including that of your team members) is accurate and up-to date within your designated area, including learning journals of all children in you room, accident forms and any other forms/records required for the child’s welfare, learning and development (this includes sleep charts; daily records sheets for younger children).
• Ensure room checks outdoor checks are conducted in line with service procedures and Health and Safety requirements
• Liaise with and support parents and other family members
• To be involved in out of working hours activities e.g. training, staff meetings, room meetings, parents evening, other service events.
• Undertake and organise certain domestic jobs within the room e.g. preparation of snacks, cleansing of equipment and other such duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the Manager.
• Work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the service philosophy is fulfilled.
• Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role as deemed appropriate for the needs of young children.
• To ensure confidentiality of all information received by all team members in your area.
• To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing and that sleeptime (where appropriate) is a calming time.
• To develop and maintain strong partnerships and communications with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs
• To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children regardless of any disabilities family backgrounds or medical history
• To be aware of the high profile of Little Acorns Nursery, Montessori and Acorns After School and ensure all staff uphold its standards at all times, both within work hours and outside.
• To complete wellbeing concern forms, to ensure that the Manager is informed of any children which they have concerns about and to implement strategies in accordance with each child IEP where applicable.
Leadership Responsibilities
• Overall to supervise the Early Years Room by example to others and thereby promote respect for the role.
• Proactively contribute to effective team working and foster open and honest communication amongst all employees within the service.
• Ensure that staff follow the requirements of the early years plans, long and medium term plans plus the requirements of the Tusla, Aistear and Siolta.
• Work in partnership with early years professionals and agencies, for example Health Visitors and SEN services.
• Ensure staff issues and complaints are dealt with promptly and accurately.
• In addition to weekly planning the following additional duties will be carried out by all Room Leaders each month:
1. Physical Well-Being Focus Activity
2. Emotional Well-Being Focus Activity
3. Cultural Focus Activity
4. Gaeilge Focus Activity
5. Library Link Focus
6. Nature Table Focus
• In addition to these monthly duties you will also be required to present a Parent’s Welcome Session every 8 weeks.
• Room Leaders are encouraged to collaborate and work together with other Room Leaders however each leader is responsible for the activity developments in their own room.
• Deputy Managers: Room Leaders will have the responsibility of deputising as Manager in the event that the Service Manager is not on site. A weekly roster will be kept and the Manager will assign the duty to the relevant Room Leader. When acting as Deputy Manager all public enquires will be noted and passed on to the Manager when they return.
Conclusion
• This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

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