Deputy Manager & Playworker - The Nest - our after school club for 4-8 yr olds
This exciting role provides opportunities for professional development for those with energy, ambition and commitment to the provision of quality childcare and play. If you enjoy working with children, care about their wellbeing and are ready for more responsibility this is the job for you. You may have the experience and skills for this role already. Or you may know this is what you want to do but need more experience and training. We are happy to consider enthusiastic and committed trainees.
The hours: 22.25 hours a week – 4 hrs a day, core hrs between 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm Mon to Fri - Term Time only (40 weeks) – an additional 15 hours every half term for meetings and planning. Extra hours maybe available during some school holidays at the Chill Out Zone providing holiday activities for 8 – 14 yr olds.
Salary: £10.74 – £12.34 per hr depending on experience and qualifications. As holidays cannot be taken in term time the hourly rate includes an element of holiday pay.
About us: Firm Foundations for Children and Adolescents CIC has been providing after school care for 19 years. Five years ago we opened The Nest which provides after school care solely for 4 – 8 yr olds. We have been assessed as Outstanding by Ofsted* Places at our club are in demand. We are based at Archdeacon Cambridge's School by Twickenham Green and also care for children who go to Stanley and Trafalgar Schools.
*As an after school club we do not need to meet the learning and development requirements of the Statutory framework for the EYFS
About the job: You will be responsible for assisting in the day to day management, operation and development of The Nest in accordance with National and Local Guidance. You will work with the Manager as part of an established team to provide the very best childcare and play experiences for the children we look after. We aim to provide a home from home for every child.
Each evening you will work alongside the rest of the staff as a playworker. Together you will keep the children safe, collect them from school, set up interesting things for them to do, support their play, sit with them during tea time to ensure they share, develop good table manners and eat a nutritious balance of food. You will tend to grazes, help them to resolve arguments and respond to their needs as necessary.
As Deputy you will work with the Manager to keep things running smoothly. You will have a responsibility for organising the sessions and deploying staff in the evenings. You will communicate with parents and carers and plan and evaluate with the team. You will make sure records are kept as necessary. You might need to troubleshoot and you may need to stand in for the Manager. You will be involved in developing policy, conducting risk assessments etc. There will be time outside our core hours for you to plan, monitor, organise and purchase materials etc.
About you: You are highly motivated with a desire to provide quality care for children in a group setting. You can use your initiative whilst working with others in a team in the best interests of the children. You have worked with children in a group setting and held some responsibility. You have the confidence to tell staff what to do whilst maintaining positive relationships with team members. You understand the importance of providing services that promote development through play whilst keeping children emotionally and physically safe. You appreciate the importance of good nutrition and food hygiene. You can risk assess and take direct action if children’s safety is compromised. You know the importance of effective communication with parents and carers.
You are literate and numerate and can maintain records. Ideally you will have an NVQ level 3 in playwork or early years, GCSE grade C/4 (equivalent or above) in English and Maths or have taken part in training which explores the needs of children in a care setting. You have experience of key working or working with children with additional needs in a mainstream setting. You are interested in your own professional development and wish to acquire further skills through training.
Required: An enhanced DBS, reference checks and a medical declaration will be required (cost to be covered by us). You must be entitled to work in the UK. There will be a probation period for this post of 3 months.
How to apply: Complete the online application form and return as soon as possible. Include any current education as well as past qualifications. Ensure you use the space on the form to tell us about yourself and why this job is of interest to you. We will invite candidates to visit the club and for an interview as suitable applications arrive.
Start date: April 6th 2020 or as soon as possible after this date. Should the right candidate come along before the closing date we will appoint them and withdraw this advert.
Firm Foundations CIC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.