The Social Care Community Partnership have been exclusively retained to recruit a Childcare Team Leader for the highly renowned Dr Bell's Family Centre to lead and develop the childcare in the Family Centre and within the local community and ensure the delivery of a high quality early learning and childcare service which meets the needs of young children (0-5) and their families, in line with Getting It Right For Every Child and adhering to all relevant local and national policies guidelines and procedures. The organisation we are recruiting for has received significant funding from the Scottish Government and European Social Fund to begin a new project - Breaking Barriers for Families in Leith. This complements the existing work done by the organisation by bringing a wider range of groups, events and partners services under one roof with a childcare service supporting their activities. The project specifically aims to support families who are most in need of support services and therapeutic groups and face issues related to poverty and inequality.
We are looking for someone on a part-time basis, to work over three days.
- Ensure the delivery of high quality, age appropriate experiences to all children accessing the childcare resource within the Centre and outreach childcare sessions.
- Work in partnership with parents and caregivers to achieve agreed positive outcomes.
- Support and supervise childcare staff and identify continuing professional development needs required to meet the objectives of the Centre and professional standards and expectations.
- Manage all aspects of care and wellbeing in the playroom or within outreach childcare sessions to meet the needs of the individual child in line with all policies and all statutory guidance.
- Lead self-evaluation and implement agreed improvements resulting from this and from statutory inspections.
- Work with the management team to ensure successful delivery of projects.
- Adhere to the Scottish Social Services Council Code of Practice.
- Manage the administration of the childcare resource; including record keeping, monitoring and evaluation records and managing the childcare budget.
- Ensure the service is meeting the National Care Standards and complete all paperwork associated with registration.
- Manage and lead the planning and assessment of high quality experiences for children.
- Manage and lead the monitoring and evaluation of children's progress.
- Facilitate the annual review of all childcare staff managed to identify and meet the training and support needs.
- Undertake absence management of staff within the playroom
- Undertake relevant Health and Safety, and Risk Assessments annually or as required.
- Work in partnership with other establishments and external agencies to assess and support the needs of children.
- Work collaboratively with partners to deliver high quality childcare experiences for children under 5.
- BA Childhood Practice or willing to work towards BA Childhood Practice that enables the candidate to register with SSSC as a Manager of Day Care Children's Services. - Essential (or working towards qualification).
Knowledge and Experience
- Recent and substantial experience working with children 0-5 years in an early years setting. - Essential
- Experience of completing child assessments. - Essential
- Experience of working collaboratively with parents and other professionals. - Essential
- Knowledge of child development, the needs of children aged 0-5. - Essential
- Knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence, GIRFEC, the National Care Standards and the SSSC code of Practice relating to children 0-5. - Essential
- Evidence of leadership skills and the ability to negotiate. - Essential
- Evidence of ability to take the initiative and work independently with minimum supervision. - Essential
- Awareness of local and national early years strategies and policies. - Essential
- Evidence of ability to articulate and demonstrate good practice. - Essential
- Experience in a range and/or variety of early years settings, experience of inspection processes. - Desirable
- Experience in participating in working groups at local level. - Desirable
- Experience of representing organisations work in various external settings. - Essential
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to communicate effectively with children colleagues, parents, carers and other professionals. - Essential
- Ability to show initiative and developing the service. - Essential
- Caring, supportive, courteous, enthusiastic and motivated. - Essential
- Ability to work in a team and supervise others. - Essential
- Evidence of flexibility in approach. - Desirable
- Ability to form excellent working relationships. - Desirable
Additional Job -related requirements
- Registration with Scottish Social Services Council as a Practitioner with supervisory responsibility. - Essential
- Evidence of continuous Professional Development. - Essential
- Able to work occasional evenings and weekends. - Desirable
- Willingness to attend training as directed. - Essential
For more information, or for a confidential discussion about the role, please contact either Steve More or Charlie Cope on in the first instance.
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