Childcare Practitioner

Little Voyagers Childcare

Full Time Childcare Position: 39 hours a week
Work Hours: Flexible between 7.30/8.00am and 6.00pm

Main Responsibilities
Ensuring a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual education and care for children placed in the service.
Support to the other personnel within the childcare service
Support the Manager with the day-to-day running of the childcare service in terms of administration.
Support the manager and staff in providing a varied and stimulating programme, which includes curriculum development that meets the needs of the children.

Main Duties:
Assist with the organisation and day to day running of the childcare service by developing an effective routine. To be responsible, along with the staff team, for developing and reviewing an effective system of communication between parents and staff.
To assist the staff team and the Manager with setting and implementing objectives and policies for the childcare service.
Ensure adult/child interaction is of an excellent standard.
To assist in formulating a daily routine for the children this offers a wide variety of activities, but allows for flexibility as the situation/occasion/child demands. The activities offered must allow the children to experience creative, imaginative, manipulative, social and physical play. The children should be given the opportunity to play with natural materials and other age appropriate materials and equipment.
To assist in the preparation of forward planning for each session and ensuring that any preparatory work is carried out and also to ensure progression of play throughout the year. To ensure the play areas are well equipped and ready for the children when they arrive.
To assess each individual child’s needs within the group and to plan to meet these needs. This will involve listening to, encouraging, stimulating and enabling all children as appropriate in the childcare setting.
To be responsible for the safety of the children and for the hygiene of the childcare premises/areas.
To assist in the responsibility for keeping all the childcare records up to date. In association with the Manager, childcare practioners will ensure that all relevant records, policies and guidelines are in place and are being adhered to.
To comply with TUSLA regulations and other relevant policies and legislation. To remain updated on childcare legislation.
To encourage the active participation of all parents using the childcare service and to ensure that they are kept fully informed of their child’s overall development and of their group activities.
To assist the manager in providing support to the childcare team. This will take the form of attending and participating in regular staff meetings, daily debriefings, planning and evaluation sessions.
To assist manager in supporting volunteers/students on placement in the childcare service.
To attend regular support and supervision sessions with the Manager.
Advice the Manager of all matters requiring his/her attention, including duty of care issues, Children’s First issues, breech of policies and procedures, special events, fundraising, outings etc.
Promoting a positive profile of this childcare service and its work.
Liaising and networking positively with relevant local, regional and national voluntary, community and statutory agencies/organisations, as required.
Attend all staff meetings and other relevant meetings and training/courses as directed by the Manager and Board of Management.
Keep strictly confidential any personal information regarding all service users, their families and/or other circumstances that the childcare practioner learns as part of their day-to-day job. In the interest of child safety the childcare practioner must inform the Manager of any relevant information regarding a service user attending the childcare service.
Carry out other relevant duties and responsibilities as requested by the Manager and Board of Management.
Adhere to ALL policies and procedures of Little Voyagers Childcare, including Child Protection, Health & Safety and Confidentiality.

Salary: To be agreed as is dependent on qualifications and experience.

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