Pre-school Assistant

Closing date: 
4 Nov 2016
Flutterbies offers a part-time funded Pre-School for 24 children through the Education Authority. Flutterbies Pre-school is located on the Cregagh Road and is part of the social outreach of Cregagh Methodist Church.

Job Title:                              Pre School Assistant

Accountable to:                 Pre-school Leader

Salary:                                  To be discussed with Employer

Location:                             Cregagh Methodist Church, 28-30 Cregagh Road BELFAST BT6 9EQ

Hours of work:                  23 hours per week (Term Time)

Hourly Rate                        £7.80 per hour

Leave:                                18 days plus 8 statutory days (pro-rata based on 36 hour week)

This post is subject to a 6 month probationary period       

Flutterbies offers a part-time funded Pre-School for 24 children through the Education Authority. Flutterbies Pre-school is located on the Cregagh Road and is part of the social outreach of Cregagh Methodist Church.

Main Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the delivery of best practice in relation to childcare provision.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure best practice is prioritised.
  • To contribute to the creation, maintenance and improvement of a child centred environment
  • To work closely with the Team Leader to ensure the smooth running of Flutterbies Pre-School .
  • To implement suitable curriculum plans and deliver a developmental programme through play suitable to the age and stage of development for each child.
  • To ensure observations are carried out and used to inform planning
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of the daily routine in conjunction with Keyworkers.
  • To ensure that health and safety standards are maintained.
  • To maintain appropriate administration records ensuring confidentiality at all times.
  • Adhere to requirements of the minimum standards at all times.
  • To identify and support staff development through individual and team assessment.
  • To develop good relationships with parents and adhere to the partnership with parent’s policy for Flutterbies Pre-School.
  • To participate in supervision, meetings and training as and when required.
  • To participate in special seasonal or Pre-School projects i.e. trips, workshops etc.
  • Any other reasonable duties as may be required by the Pre-school Leader.

Personal Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications

  • NVQ Level 3 in Childcare or equivalent.

Experience

  • A minimum experience of one year, gained in a funded Pre-school environment.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Good Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to build positive relationships with parents and other professionals
  • Observation and record keeping skills
  • Knowledge of implementing policies and procedures and relevant play programmes
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development
  • A knowledge of current practice
  • A knowledge of NI Pre- school Curriculum and Minimum Standards

 Personal Attributes/Disposition

  • Ability to build relationships and work as part of a team
  • A commitment to the ethos of the Methodist Church in Ireland
  • A genuine desire to work with children
  • The ability to lift children and equipment when required
  • Set up and dismantle playroom
  • To be able to use own initiative and to work as part of a team
  • Ability to implement current practice standards

 Desirable criteria

  • Current Food Safety Training.
  • Current Paediatric First Aid Training.
  • Current Child Protection Training.

Additional Notes

This position gives the post holder access to children and young people and will therefore be required to disclose details of any criminal convictions, including spent, bound-over orders and cautions in accordance with the Access NI Vetting and Baring Scheme and our organisation’s Children Protection Policy and Procedure.  An AccessNI check will be carried out, and in applying for this position, you are in agreement for the organisation to carry out this necessary check.

 All offers of employment will be subject to al checks and references being received satisfactorily.

 Flutterbies Pre-School is an Equal Opportunities Employer