Vacancies

Respond Support was established in 1993 and is a leading provider of Early Years  Education and Childcare services, Family Support, Day Care centres for older people, community education programmes  and a range of community interventions.


Early Years Practitioner – Relief, Distillery View, Thomondgate, Limerick

Terms:  Relief – As and When Contract

Responsible to: Early Years Childcare Manager

Job Purpose:      To act as a positive role model and be responsible for the delivery and implementation of a high quality play-based curriculum under the guidance of the national quality frameworks Aistear and Síolta both indoors and outdoors. To, guide, observe, stimulate and supervise children in a safe and caring environment as part of the childcare team.

Core Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To follow the policies and procedure of the service at all times.
  • To conduct observation and learning stories for all children.
  • To organise materials and resources to ensure that they reflect the children’s emerging interests and abilities.
  • To implement a play-based curriculum that encourages independence and fosters the growth of self-esteem within all children.
  • To support children’s emotional, social and cognitive development.
  • To assist in providing healthy snacks, which meet the growing needs of children and reflects variation in culture or dietary needs.
  • To develop and support parental involvement strategies that enhance children’s learning experiences
  • To ensure that the welfare of children is paramount in accordance with Children First; National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
  • Promote the services in the local community and wider area to assist and support the quality and sustainability of the service.

 

Person Specification: 

  • Commitment to high quality early education
  • The ability to work in collaboration with a dedicated team
  • Highly motivated to work on own initiative
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A professional and enthusiastic disposition
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development
  • Garda Vetting will be required as part of the recruitment process

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of FETAC Level 5 in Early Years Education
  • One year post-paid qualification experience of working in an early years
  • Strong understanding and experience in Early Childhood Education

 

Please send cv and covering letter to bonnie.osullivan@respondsupport.ie  before close of business Friday 18th May 2018

 


National Early Years Education- Deputy Manager – Maternity Leave Cover 10 months

DEPARTMENT:         Respond Support-  Early  Years Education

JOB LOCATION:         Negotiable/ Munster/Leinster region

REPORTING TO:       National  Early Years Education  Manager

JOB SUMMARY:

The National Early Years Education Deputy Manager will support and assist the National Manager in the nationwide delivery and development of Early Education (0-12) Services. The Deputy will report directly to the National Early Years Education Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the further development and expansion of Respond Supports national delivery of Early Years education services

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with the National Manager in the development and implementation of National Policy, Procedures and strategy
  • Line manage directly Early Years services in a defined geographical area
  • Lead in the development of new services
  • Undertake community needs assessment for new services
  • Promote and develop the quality of our services by ensuring that the core elements of the national practice guidance contained in Siolta, the National Quality Framework, Aistear and the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework are implemented.
  • Build relationships with and represent Respond Support to various external bodies, groups and agencies, including community, statutory, private and funding bodies.
  • To represent Respond Support in external and public fora and to be an advocate at national level,  for Children and Family Services  in the community
  • Human resource management including the recruitment, vetting, supervision and professional development of Early Education staff.
  • Staff Supervision and team development
  • Promote continuous professional development
  • Provide support in meeting the administrative requirements of funding programmes.
  • Ensure that all relevant Early Education services fully meet the standards required under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and any subsequent Childcare Regulations.
  • Make funding applications for new or increased Childcare services.
  • Negotiate with key Stakeholders, (CCCs, Pobal, Dept. of Education and Children) partners and departments, regarding funding, finance & policy
  • To review, update, write, contribute to and critique Respond Supports Early Years’ Service, and related policies and procedures
  • To work closely with other functional leads, in Family Support, Community Education, Human Resources, Finance etc., to ensure close coordination and alignment of organisational goals and strategy
  • Implement Complaints Procedure and Appeals
  • Investigations
  • Designated Liaising person – Child Protection for all Childcare Centres which they line manage.
  • Insure all information and data is collected, stored, managed, monitored and accessed in according with relevant policies and procedures and best practice.
  • Risk management, Health and Safety
  • Quality Assurance, Service Inspections, Audits
  • Coordinate the collection of data at required intervals in required formats and deliver reports and thematic reviews, including financial reviews, on the work of the services.
  • Ensure the services comply with all health and safety legislation.
  • To deputise for the National Manager in his/her absence during periods of leave, i.e., annual leave, sick leave, etc.
  • Any other duties within the general requirement of this job description, which may be required from time to time.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

TITLE:

  • National Early Years Education Deputy Manager – Maternity Leave Cover 10 months duration

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A relevant 3rd level qualification (L8) is essential
  • A relevant post-graduate qualification is desirable

EXPERIENCE:

  • A Minimum of five years working in not-for-profit Early Years Education and Childcare services
  • A minimum of three years management experience in community early years services
  • Proven track record in the development of new Early Years services
  • Proven track record in the development, implementation and evaluation of Early Years policies & procedures
  • Experience of accessing appropriate funding streams for establishment and operation of Childcare Facilities
  • Experience of social inclusion issues

SKILLS:

  • Human Resource
  • Relationship building with external stakeholders
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Communication- presentation
  • Excellent administration skills

KNOWLEDGE

  • Best national and international practice and models of Early Years education
  • Current developments and innovation in the development and delivery of effective Early Years education interventions
  • Understanding of inter-disciplinary service delivery, i.e., family support, childcare, education
  • All relevant regulatory regimes as they relate to childcare and education providers, as an employer, company, charity and service provider
  • Understanding and appreciation of inspection processes, quality and standards frameworks, stakeholder expectations and compliance

 

BEHAVOURAL COMPETENCIES:

  • Leadership ability
  • Strong communication skills
  • Team Player – ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong relationship building and networking skills
  • Excellent Attention to detail
  • Advocacy skills

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • The full use of a car and driving licence is essential
  • Garda Vetting is required

 

To apply for the above role please send CV and covering letter to bonnie.osullivan@respondsupport.ie before close of business 25th May 2018


Early Years Practitioner –Stonecourt, Ennis County Clare

Terms:  15 hours per week Monday to Friday Term time plus additional relief hours

Responsible to: Early Years Childcare Manager

Job Purpose:  To act as a positive role model and be responsible for the delivery and implementation of a high quality play-based curriculum under the guidance of the national quality frameworks Aistear and Síolta both indoors and outdoors. To, guide, observe, stimulate and supervise children in a safe and caring environment as part of the childcare team.

Core Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To follow the policies and procedure of the service at all times.
  • To conduct observation and learning stories for all children.
  • To organise materials and resources to ensure that they reflect the children’s emerging interests and abilities.
  • To implement a play-based curriculum that encourages independence and fosters the growth of self-esteem within all children.
  • To support children’s emotional, social and cognitive development.
  • To assist in providing healthy snacks which meet the growing needs of children and reflects variation in culture or dietary needs.
  • To develop and support parental involvement strategies that enhance children’s learning experiences
  • To ensure that the welfare of children is paramount in accordance with Children First; National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
  • Promote the services in the local community and wider area to assist and support the quality and sustainability of the service.

 

Person Specification:

  • Commitment to high quality early education
  • The ability to work in collaboration with a dedicated team
  • Highly motivated to work on own initiative
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A professional and enthusiastic disposition
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development
  • Garda Vetting will be required as part of the recruitment process

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of FETAC Level 5 in Early Years Education
  • One year post-paid qualification experience of working in an early years
  • Strong understanding and experience in Early Childhood Education

 

Please send cv and covering letter to bonnie.osullivan@respondsupport.ie before close of business Friday 18th May 2018