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


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


  • 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.



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


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


  • 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


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


  • 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



  • 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


  • 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 before close of business 25th May 2018