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Job Ref No. ECC541035-2S Position Type: Early Years Pay Range: £11.41 per hour
Position Start Date: 04/01/2024 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 07/12/2023 Midnight Date of Interviews: w/c 11th December 2023  

Job Description

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Fun 4 Kids at Camulos Academy are looking for a level 2/3 practitioner in a Deputy Manager role at this busy breakfast and after school club.

The position of deputy manager is a great opportunity for an experienced early years educator looking to further develop their leadership skills and career within Fun 4 Kids.

The hours of work are Monday to Friday 7.00am-9am and 2.45pm-6.00pm, 26.25 hours per week. The contract is permanent and term time only. There is an opportunity for extra hours in the companys holiday club at Highwoods.

Main duties include:

· Implement risk assessment and ensure ongoing risk assessments are used and updated as necessary, keeping the work environment healthy, safe and secure.

· Set up the play space moving furniture and play equipment, set up activities to ensure a welcoming environment is prepared and ready for the children to access on arrival, a rich environment with learning opportunities.

· Signing staff and children in, out and absent on NIB.

· Ensure safeguarding practices are adhered to at all times. This includes following the safeguarding (child protection) policy, supporting and advising staff and students on matters of safeguarding.

· Providing comprehensive care for the children including delivering andcollecting them from school and delivering them safely to parents/carers.

· Delivering an effective circle time, covering wellbeing, rules and activities on offer.

· Consult with children regarding club activity choices, snacks, behaviour and wellbeing.

· Support children to develop their independence and emotional regulation and manage childrens behaviour with positive reinforcement.

· Assist with intimate care of a child.

· Support and encourage your team with planning for the EYFS, preparing and delivering quality play opportunities.

· Be an active Keyworker observing children and recording their development, share your knowledge to support your team working within the framework of the EYFS and the club's policies and procedures.

· Foster a culture of openness within the team, remaining professional, being a good role model and encouraging staff to communicate with you if they need support.

· Positively support and encourage staff with all aspects of their role.

· Take responsibility for the ambience of the setting eg wall displays, general appearance of the setting.

· Implement good hygiene practices into the setting to ensure that health and safety standards are met and ensuring the environment is clean and tidy at the end of each session.

· Facilitating good communication and build positive relationships with all members of the organisation, parents, schools and childcare and play related agencies.

· Reflect on own practice by seeking the thoughts and opinions from hierarchy and complete peer observations with the staff team.

· Complete all mandatory training and be prepared to complete additional training keeping up to date with documentation and legal requirements for your own continuous professional development.

· Support the manager with daily paperwork eg parent queries and responding to emails.

· Support the manager with team meetings, write the minutes and distribute amongst the team and ADM.

· Prepare and collect a shopping list for breakfast, snacks and resources, ensure a variety of healthy breakfasts and snacks offered are in line with current government guidelines and the schools food standard guide.

· Serve breakfast and snack following food safety practices.

· Support the manager when conducting fire drills and lock down procedures. Take an active role as a fire marshal ensuring records are kept.

· Administering first aid and complete the required paperwork.

· Checking the first aid box contents regularly and replenishing stock.

· Storing and administering medication correctly and recording it accurately.

· Keep up to date with documentation and legal requirements eg COSHH.

· Regular checking of toilets and cleaning if necessary.

· Take turns in laundering the club tea towels and cloths.

· Actively promote the club via facebook and attend school open evenings as required.

· Each half term you should be available to contribute to the sanitisation of the club and its resources, ensuring they are clean and safe to use (this may involve coming in to setting during the holiday or inset days).You will receive TOIL if this is in your own time.

· Undertake the manager role in the managers absence.


Essential qualities

· Experience of working with 3 to 11 year olds

· Appropriate Level 2 or 3 qualification or valid experience

· You will be organised and adaptable, with the ability to lead by example in providing exceptional care for the children as a senior practitioner as well as supporting with management tasks as required across the provision.

· A substantial knowledge of the EYFS, with a good track record of supporting other staff in a senior position.

· Have a warm and approachable personality, with the ability to deliver advice and feedback to colleagues and families.

· Ability to communicate professionally with peers and parents

· Understanding the varied needs of children and their families

· Understanding the issues of equal opportunities

· Ability to communicate on all levels with children

· Sufficient understanding and use of English to ensure the well-being of the children

Desirable qualities

· Experience of working within a play-based setting

· Competent in using IT to support play and club administration

· Ability to work on own initiative

· Appropriate child protection training

· Current 12-hour Paediatric First Aid Certificate

· Food Hygiene Certificate


Uniform provided

Paid day off on your birthday

Pension scheme contributions

A generous 100% discount if your child attends any Fun 4 Kids setting

Access to Bupa Employee Assistance Programme

Information about the School

Fun 4 Kids is a family run company that has been established since June 2005. We pride ourselves in the quality of care that we offer the children and families who use our wraparound care and holiday club services.

We are committed to ensure every staff member is supported in their continuous professional development and their well-being.

Fun 4 Kids uses safe recruitment practices to ensure that all people working with the children in our care are safe and qualified to do so.

All job offers are subject to the receipt of suitable references and full sight of a satisfactory enhanced DBS certificate and written confirmation that the applicant is not disqualified from working with children.

Fun 4 Kids at Camulos Academy operates daily from the school hall. It is a popular setting with up to 30 children attending each session.

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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Information about the school

Contact Information

Cathy Joyner
177 Old Heath Rd, Colchester
Essex, CO2 8AT
Telephone: 07709026665

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