Early Years Practice Manager

Tiddlywinks Preschool, Great Horkesley
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Job Ref No. ECC424384-4 Position Type: Early Years Pay Range: 20'000 - 25'000
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 01/12/2021 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

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JOB TITLE: Early Years Practice Manager




JOB PURPOSE: To lead the Preschool Team to provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending the Preschool and to maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment. She/he will manage the provision, including staffing levels, and be responsible for the Room Leader and ensuring all ratios are adhered to and the smooth running of each session.


1. To manage the Preschool and undertake all the necessary duties in the absence of the Preschool Manager.- answering phone calls, emails, showing prospective parents around. Planning and running in house training sessions, etc

2. To implement and follow all Preschool Policies and Procedures and to ensure that these are followed by the staff.

3. To oversee the planning, delivery and monitoring of the Preschool's EYFS curriculum in accordance with the children's social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs in collaboration with the Preschool Room Leader.

4. To ensure that all children have observations on EYLOG and all Key persons are upto date with their paperwork.

5. To support the room leader in supervising relevant staff on a daily basis, including staffing levels, staff deployment, staff sickness and covering staff absence.

6. To supervise volunteers, students on placements and work experience in the Preschool.

7. To supervise the children where appropriate and to protect them from dangerous or harmful situations.

8. To share any child protection concerns immediately with the Preschool Manager

9. To be the deputy designated safeguarding lead

10. To provide and model a high level of care that will enhance the children's general health and well-being.

11. To ensure that all new children are allocated with a key person and work with the Room leader to organise and supervise settling in sessions. To monitor staff while settling in children to be on hand to support.

12. To be aware of children's special educational needs and ensure staff support these children effectively, including modelling behaviour expected. To support the Preschool SENDCo.

13. To delegate roles within the team ensuring that the following is also covered -

ENCO - including cultures and celebrations, Health and Safety, Under 2's room,

14. To liaise regularly with parents/carers .

15. To arrange and attend parents'/carers' meetings to allow two-way discussion of their children's progress.

16. To liaise with staff on snack menu planning ensuring the children receive a healthy, multi-cultural diet and to order any items required.

17. To contribute to and attend his/her supervisions and staff appraisal's.

18. To complete termly staff supervisions.

19. To attend and run regular team meetings, half termly, providing a written report and ensuring that reports from senior members of staff are provided before the meeting.

20. To liaise and work in partnership with other agencies, both statutory and voluntary, where appropriate.

21. To attend any conferences, training events or meetings as identified by the Preschool Manager and to keep up to date with current good practice.

22. To adhere to the Preschool's policies and code of practice on confidentiality.

23. To adhere to and undertake the six criteria of Key Elements of Reflective Practice.

24. To perform any other duties as deemed necessary by the Preschool Manager.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the line manager.


Essential Criteria:

1. A minimum Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification (e.g. Pre-school Learning Alliance Diploma in Pre-school Practice, NVQ 3, or equivalent) and a commitment to obtaining further qualifications as appropriate.

2. Post-qualification experience in running or helping to run a similar service.

3. A sound understanding of child development and children's needs with an ability to plan and implement an early years age/stage appropriate curriculum, taking into account the SEN Code of Practice, child protection procedures and equal opportunities' considerations.

4. A sound understanding of Safeguarding including Prevent and the ability to work with mutli-agencies and follow safeguarding procedures precisely.

5. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. This includes the ability to establish rapport and credibility with parents and the ability to produce clear, concise and well-written reports, e.g. for disciplinaries, business plans for recruitment purposes etc.

6. Ability to use Microsoft Office packages effectively and to produce reports and correspondence in a professional and accurate format.

7. Ability to prioritise own work and plan in advance for meetings etc.

8. Ability to build good partnership working relationships with staff.

9. Ability to communicate the need for quality and continuous improvement, and influences good practice through own example.

10. Ability to inspire people to deliver results, high standards and sets clear objectives for self and the team, taking appropriate and timely action to ensure targets are achieved.

11. Ability to support the development of his/her team through regular discussion and team meetings which encourage two way communication and sharing of ideas and expectations.

12. Ability to communicate in a variety of ways and with people at all levels, and adopts a communication method appropriate for the listener or audience.

13. Experience of effective staff management and objective setting, performance management (one-ones, appraisals, feedback).

14. Experience of co-ordinating curriculum planning for a childcare and early education setting.

15. Pro-active, enthusiastic and self motivated.

16. Ability to remain calm under pressure.

17. Emotionally resilient and able to handle competing demands.

18. Able to work on own initiative.

19. Demonstrates professionalism in approach to managing all issues.

20. The ability to establish rapport and credibility with parents.

21. Experience of Problem solving.

22. The ability to establish rapport and credibility with parents.

23. An ability to engage with parents/carers in respect of their own needs for advice, education and personal development.

24. Demonstrable and detailed knowledge of current legislation relevant to the Early Years.

25. A commitment to the Tiddlywinks Preschool Ethos.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

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Contact Information

Helen Taylor
22a Coach Road, Great Horkesley
Essex, CO6 4AT
Telephone: 01206272669
Email: admin@tiddlywinksgreathorkesley.co.uk

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