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20 Jan 2017
Early Years Educator
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To provide high quality integrated day care and early education to children from birth to 7 years within a multi-disciplinary team and in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. To plan, implement and evaluate a high quality early years curriculum which includes a full commitment to anti-discriminatory practice. This will include daily, weekly and termly planning to meet individual children’s needs and interests and record keeping that tracks the development of the individual child.
2. To promote children’s development within a secure, safe and stimulating environment, and with reference to good practice curriculum guidance appropriate to the ages and stages of development of the children.
3. To be responsible for the assessment of children’s overall development, including carrying out observations, recording children’s achievement, and maintaining developmental records to a high standard.
4. To undertake the responsibilities of a key worker to a specific group of children within the centre and support the smooth transition from home to centre and from centre to school
5. To effectively manage the behaviour of the children in line with procedural guidance and to implement planned interventions for children with additional needs.
6. To provide appropriate physical care in areas of washing, toileting, changing, feeding, dressing, comforting and administering medication.
7. To work with due regard to Child Protection procedures and to report matters of concern to the centre managers.
8. To organise outings for children’s interest, education and enjoyment and with regard to safety.
9. To regularly check the suitability and safety of play equipment and to work with due regard to the health and safety of the children and for work colleagues.
10. To assist with the wider developments of the centre as a community resource, including participation in drop-ins and toy library services, parent education and family support initiatives.
Note: All Camden employees are expected to be flexible in undertaking the duties and responsibilities attached to their post and may be asked to perform other duties
The work environment is busy and noisy and the post holder needs to adapt to frequently changing demands. This requires a degree of flexibility and can be both inside and out side the nursery building. There are deadlines around reporting on curriculum and planning and assessment of children. There will be situations requiring the post holder to resolve of conflicting priorities. The post holder is required to undertake home visits as necessary.
There is a requirement to lift and assist in toileting and changing and in helping to transfer from seating to mobility aids. The post will help children to acquire and develop self help skills including toileting and personal hygiene. Work may also involve implementing individual movement programmes, under the direction of other professionals.
The post holder will be required to help with first aid provision, comforting sick or injured children. In emergency situations he/she will need to liaise with the designated first-aider, senior staff and medical professionals, accompanying children to hospital or doctors as necessary. Any basic medical procedures that may need to be carried out will have training provided for.
The post holder must be able to work to the shift pattern required by the centre, falling between 8am and 6pm. The post holder may be required to work outside of normal hours on occasion, with due notice.
In order to achieve successful outcomes the post holder must be an active member of a multi-disciplinary team of staff, communicating and working together to create an environment in which children’s development is fostered and in which good relationships grow.
The postholder must be able to develop strong relationships and work in partnership with parents, including home visits as part of the child’s induction, maintaining close and regular contact as appropriate for the age of the child, holding regular meetings and presenting reports.
The post holder is required to liaise with outside agencies and other professionals and to contribute to relevant meetings on and off site. Contact with other professionals and parents can be at a variety of levels, from straight forward information transfer to detailed information within a case conference or Team Around the Child meeting. The outcome of these interactions can have a significant influence over decisions made regarding a child’s development and care plan.
Key Contacts include:
1. Other professionals working with children attending the centre including health and social care professionals
3. Members of the public
4. Local schools and community groups
Creativity and innovation is required in planning the curriculum and when encouraging, supporting and engaging with children at play that is emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially challenging. The post holder will contribute to individual planning for children and make decisions on day to day matters with more complex or contentious decisions being made in conjunction with the line manager.
Decisions and recommendations made may have significant impact on children’s development and learning.
All Camden staff are required to participate in annual appraisal and regular support and supervision, attend group and staff meetings, and will receive appropriate training and staff development in line with Council policies and the Investors in People Scheme.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
• The post holder must be qualified in early years education and/or childcare to a level at least equivalent to NVQ 3;
• Satisfactorily Enhanced CRB check;
• To have knowledge of the Children Act 1989, relevant Education Acts and related legislation, and implications contained therein for service delivery.
• To have a sound knowledge of child development for children aged from birth to 7 years and an awareness of curriculum guidance for this age group.
• To have knowledge and understanding of planning, implementing and evaluating an early years curriculum.
• To have knowledge of the ethnic, religious and cultural diversities in the community, to understand the effects on the provision of services and how to respond when the needs of a particular group are not being met
• To have knowledge of the functions of agencies involved in the provision of care and education of young children and commitment to work in partnership.
Skills and Behaviours:
• An ability to support the planning of an Early Years curriculum and implement the planned activities;
• An ability to under take record keeping and observation of children and to then use this to inform individual planning;
• An ability to effectively manage children’s behaviour within a group setting;
• To have the ability to use information technology systems and equipment;
Skills and Behaviours (cont.):
• To have an understanding of the importance of confidentiality and to be able to listen and respond appropriately with tact and diplomacy in sensitive situations;
• To have an understanding of child protection procedures and an ability to use this knowledge in practice;
• To have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people both orally and in writing;
• Demonstrate our Camden Ways of Working (WOW) behaviours:
– Focuses on customers (cares about
customers and builds relationships)
– Works together (provides support and leads by example)
– Takes responsibility (makes decisions and achieves success)
– Finds better and cheaper ways (creates innovation and embraces change).
• Experience of working as part of a team in a childcare setting. Desirable:
• At least 2 years experience of working directly with young children in a group day care situation.