Willow Children’s Centre achieved 'Outstanding' in the last Ofsted inspection. The effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning, assessment, personal development, behaviour, welfare and outcomes for children is all outstanding.
We require an enthusiastic senior early years nursery education worker who is dynamic with exceptional commitment, drive, vision and passion to work in our Children's Centre. You will be joining a friendly, creative and highly motivated team.
Willow Children's Centre is situated in Islington Bright Start North area in a light and spacious purpose-built space. We have a spacious garden with mud kitchen and a calm space to explore natural materials. It also has the gold award for Healthy Early Years London.
Willow Children’s Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment; all posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS checks.
If you would like an informal discussion about the role for Willow CC, please contact: Mita Pandya, email@example.com or on 020 7527 4827
We're determined to make Islington fairer. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.
We also have an ambitious goal – to be the best council in the country – with every employee clear about the part they play and inspired, focused and supported to give their very best.
We want to build an organisation where employees feel valued, inspired and empowered to help us achieve our goals and provide the best services possible to our residents.
Our values and behaviours
‘Be Islington’ is about setting a clear challenge about what it means to be an Islington employee and sets the standard for every new recruit.
We ask our employees to ‘Be Islington’ – playing their part in working together for a fairer borough and to always be collaborative, be ambitious, be resourceful, and be empowering (‘CARE’).
1. To take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children in your care and those you come into contact with completing child protection training at a level commensurate with role.
2. Through hands-on practice contribute to the development and maintenance of developmentally appropriate, child-centred, play-based provision for young children which provides the nurturing environment needed to promote children’s emotional stability, independence, autonomy and creativity.
3. Foster positive relationships and close working links with the range of professionals in the children’s centre in order to promote access to wider integrated services for all families and children and support a multi-disciplinary team around the child and family approach. This includes completing and using common assessment frameworks (CAF) and participating in Team around the Child (TAC) meetings where appropriate.
4. Develop and maintain a partnership with parents that value their contributions and involves them in their child’s education, including support for the home learning environment and for ensuring smooth transitions and continuity for the child and parents into, within and out of the setting.
5. Act as a key person for a defined group of individual children providing each child with continuity of care throughout the child’s time at the setting, in partnership with their parent/carers:
§ Develop a loving and secure relationship with each key child.
§ Help each key child to become familiar with and confident in the setting.
§ Look after each key child’s care and welfare needs e.g. dressing, toilet training, and eating, sleeping, being comforted.
§ Build trusted relationships with each key child’s parents, ensuring there are regular opportunities to share information on the child’s development at home and in the setting.
§ Support each child’s individual learning journey through on-going observation, assessment and planning in partnership with parents/carers and other colleagues
§ Complete reviews of the key child, in partnership with multi-agency colleagues and parents/carers, as appropriate (e.g. at aged two, leaver’s record).
6. Contribute to the development of appropriate positive behaviour strategies with children maintaining consistency in practice.
7. Attend and participate in relevant Continual Professional Development (CPD) events, share the knowledge and ideas gained with colleagues in the setting and lead on further development in this area if required.
8. Uphold the principles of good practice in inclusion and equal opportunities in all aspects of the role, supporting early identification and intervention strategies at all times
9. Contribute to the development and consistent use of systems for planning, observation, assessment and record-keeping
10. Contribute to the development of relevant policies and procedures.
11. Draw on the expertise of colleagues within the setting, and outside agencies to meet the needs of individual children
12. To attend and constructively take part in meetings, supervision, seminars and other events designed to improve communication and assist with the effective development of the post and post holder.
Keep up to date with best early years practice, local and national policy contributing to the achievement of agreed service outcomes, and personal appraisal targets, as agreed by the line manager.
14. Scale 5: take responsibility for the development of a specific area of the curriculum or practice and report back to senior managers.
15. Scale 6: Take responsibility for leading and co-ordinating an area of the centre’s service. The potholder would be expected to
• Use evaluative tools to improve practice and measure impact
• Report on the service provided analysing available data as appropriate
• Direct and support staff
• Maintain effective systems for the smooth running of the service
• Provide advice and disseminate good practice
15. Undertake other minor and/or non-recurring duties appropriate to this post as directed by the Head of Centre/Deputy and lead practitioner including working flexibly (eg. weekends and evenings).
16. To undertake other duties commensurate to the grade of the post.
17. Two weeks of the annual leave entitlement to be taken during the Centre closure period in summer (specific dates to be confirmed depending on Centre).