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- Little Acorns Group Ltd
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Roles & Responsibilities
- Managing, leading and role modelling to the team to ensure a high standard of all areas of learning & developmental care, in line with Statutory framework (Early Years Foundation Stage) for all children in the nursery.
- To give support to other practitioners throughout the nursery
- To work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can access continuous provision, play, learn and develop
- To lead and develop your team to maintain and develop high standards of quality practices.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
Be appropriately qualified i.e. Diploma in Nursery Nursing, NNEB or NVQ Level 3, Scotland – HNC or SVQ Level 3 as a minimum requirement.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- To comply with all LAG policies and procedures.
- To promote the aims and objectives of the nursery in accordance with the setting’s SEF.
To ensure that the programme of activities are meeting the individual needs and interests of children in your area in conjunction with other team members.
- Fulfill the observation, planning & assessment cycle which includes:-
- To keep up to date records of your key children’s development and learning journeys and share this with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life.
- To monitor the standards of the learning and development requirements and setting learning goals ensuring each key person’s learning and care is tailored to meet individual needs.
- To give children the choice and the freedom to spend their leisure time their own way.
- To listen to children about any concerns or worries they may have, acting as an advocate or mediator when appropriate.
- To work in partnership with the parents, other family members, carers and their children by respecting and understanding their individual needs, and maintaining courtesy and confidentiality at all times.
- To offer equality of opportunity for all.
- To liaise with other professional bodies such as Ofsted, when needed.
- Be aware of and work appropriately in relation to confidential and sensitive information, as well as ensuring that your colleagues are doing the same.
- To encourage fair and caring behaviour, among the children and staff.
- To give support to other practitioners throughout the nursery.
- To ensure that all staff members develop and maintain strong partnerships and communications with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs.
- To ensure that children are being well supervised at all times.
- Ensure and maintain a safe, secure and friend environment for the children in accordance with the current EYFS, Ofsted, H&S and Food Hygiene regulations and guidelines.
- To ensure that all children are being stimulated and that appropriate play activities are being delivered in respect of their age and ability. Consideration must be given to the individual needs of the child with regards to their race, religion, social, gender, and culture differences.
- To be aware and alert to situations of child neglect and possible abuse and act in accordance with the Child Protection and safeguarding guidelines.
- To be a positive role model for the children and staff.
- To oversee that meal times are a time of pleasant social sharing, in particular, supervising the children at meal times, assisting them if needed and promoting / providing healthy choices for the children to consume and drink. The children’s food needs to be prepared and consumed in hygienic surroundings. Always remembering meal/snack times are social times and engaging with the child throughout this time is essential.
- To assist in and oversee the washing and toileting needs of the children and to teach the children to learn personal hygiene, maintaining the cleanliness of the children at all times and ensuring that all practitioners are competent.
- To form strong attachments and nurturing relationships with the children in your care.
- Complete regular checks to ensure that the nursery’s property is kept clean and tidy and that children are encouraged to respect their surroundings. Using the company documentation at all times.
- To ensure that materials and equipment are in stock to create play spaces.
- To develop your role as senior practitioner within the team, lead by example and establish good working relationships throughout your room and nursery.
- Ensure that regular checks are completed on resources and equipment which include the cleaning, maintenance and occasionally disposal of.
- To be flexible within working practices of the nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the nursery.
- To be enthusiastic, cheerful and have a sense of humour at all times.
- To ensure that handbooks are completed and maintained and handed in at the end of each day.
Other Job Functions
- Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role as deemed appropriate by the Manager.
- Ensure that the nursery is run in accordance to Little Acorns Group policies and procedures.
- Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the nursery’s philosophy is fulfilled.
- Support all staff and engage in a good staff team.
- To be involved in planning and attending out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly staff meetings, parent evening, fundraising events etc.
- To ensure that you are committed to actively maintaining and sharing knowledge and being up to date with changes to legislation and company policies through training and other methods (CPD).
- To identify staff requirements and arrange appropriate training.
- To ensure that all staff members adhere to risk assessments.
- To record any accidents in the accident book, and report this to the manager, child’s parents / guardians and MOD (if applicable) at the manager’s discretion.
- To administer first aid and medication in absence of Senior Practitioner (at the manager’s discretion).
- To be aware of Health & Safety and to take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.
- To ensure that all members of staff respect and value all colleagues, children and parents, encouraging a positive and diverse working environment in line with our Equal Opportunities Policy.
- Look upon the nursery, as a “whole” where can your help be most utilised, be constantly aware of the individual needs of all children.
- To carry out office administration work when necessary.
- To oversee the nursery in the absence of the Nursery Manager and Deputy Nursery Manager.
- To carry out any additional duties which may be asked of you by The Little Acorns Group, including working at alternative sites from time to time.
- Safeguarding training
- Specialist skills (i.e.SEN, Events Coordinator)
- First Aid
- Previous experience in supervisory role
- Ability to communicate well with adults, children and external agencies
- To lead by example
- Knowledge of First Steps Software or other nursery software packages
- Computer literate
- To be able to demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team
- Good presentation skills
- Demonstrate creative ability
- Food Hygiene
- Before confirming your appointment / employment, you will be required to obtain either the relevant DBS or PVG enhanced disclosure, this must be cleared.
- (If applicable) you must either be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) prior to appointment or register within 6 months of the date of your appointment and maintain registration throughout the period employment.
- A minimum of two references must be obtained and checked; one must be your previous employer.
- Kayleigh Quarrie
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