Salary: £19,864 - £23,000
Location: Portland House
As a senior member of staff you will be expected to lead the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and ensure that all children in your care receive a rich and stimulating play experience and are kept safe whilst meeting the requirements of regulatory bodies and ensuring company policies and procedures are followed.
You will work closely with the Nursery Manager and deputy to ensure the effective daily management of the nursery, whilst being responsible for the day-to-day management of your room.
Childcare & Education
Lead the team within your room and to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum
Provide a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care
Ensure the standards of environment, resources and experiences offered to children are of the highest standard.
Lead planning for the EYFS and ensure rich and diverse outdoor play experiences are offered
Maintain accurate and effective children’s records
Promote and facilitate partnership with parents/carers and other family members
Ensure that the induction process for new children is effective and adapted to suit the child and the parents
Support the development of good practice with regard to special needs and inclusion
Ensure that children are kept safe and your team understands Child protection procedures
Ensure the nutritional needs of the children are met and Food Safety Regulations are complied with.
Develop and maintain professional working relationships with advisory teachers, schools, health professionals and local Sure Start programmes as appropriate.
Ensure the effective implementation of key person procedures within your room and be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with children and their families
Ensure the smooth transition of the children to the next room and involve parents/carers in the timing
Ensure children spend as much time as possible outside in the fresh air
Remain abreast of current developments in childcare and education policy and practice
Health and Safety
Undertake a shared responsibility for health, safety and cleanliness throughout the nursery
Ensure the general cleanliness of the children at all times
Adhere to Health and Safety policies, to manage risk and ensure any remedial action is taken immediately
Be fully aware of all emergency and security procedures e.g. fire precautions, security, dropping off and collection of children
Operate the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness particularly in the bedding and nappy changing area and food surface areas
Assist in maintaining the nursery buildings, resources and equipment to a high standard reporting maintenance or cleaning issues appropriately and promptly.
Promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers
Support the manager and staff during regulatory inspections and to assist in the implementation of any recommendations
Be reflective about own leadership role to ensure that the process of self improvement is continuous and enhances performance.
Support and supervise room staff with their day to day duties
Ensure that new staff have a meaningful induction
Support staff access training and personal and professional development
Act as a role model to other staff, demonstrating good practice and motivating and inspiring the staff team
- Support and mentor staff and students
Work with other room leaders to ensure a consistent approach
Be responsible for participating in all self-development activities including appraisals, supervisions and observations and be responsible for the updating of their Personal Development Plans (PDP’s)
Support the recruitment, teambuilding and training of staff
Ensure time is used effectively, demonstrate good time management prioritising for self and others.
Support and motivate all staff to ensure they feel included, responsible, optimizing their performance to engage in a good staff team.
Undertake other duties as reasonably requested by line management
Conduct parent show arounds when needed and be confident when dealing with parent concerns
Adhere to all company policies and procedures
Be prepared to undertake additional training and qualifications
Attend and be involved with, out of working hours activities, e.g. training, parents’ meetings, open days, children’s Christmas party and regular planning/staff meetings.
Undertake certain domestic jobs within the Nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment and other such duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the manager.
Portland Nurseries is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding children. DBS check essential
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