Packington Children’s Centre
Head of Nursery (Maternity Cover 1 year fixed term contract)
Salary / Grade Soulbury: EIP SCP 13 - 17 £51,951 - £55,585 plus Inner Area Payment (IAP) £3,270 per annum.
This post would be considered as a secondment opportunity.
Packington Children’s Centre is looking for a Head of Nursery to join our vibrant team. We recognise that our staff are our most valuable asset in ensuring that every child is a unique and happy child: healthy, social, confident, creative, independent and ready to learn and are looking for a Head of Nursery who shares our vision and is looking for a new challenge
Packington Children’s Centre operate two nursery sites, one catering for children from 6 months – 3 years and another with children from 2-5 years. Both nursery sites are very close to each other and offer inclusive, child centered early years’ provision
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, highly experienced Individual with Early Years Teacher Status (EYT) or (QTS) and will take the lead on the day-to-day management and operational functions of the nurseries under the direction and guidance of the Executive Head. For exceptional candidates, consideration will be given to those who have not yet completed their EYT or QTS if they can demonstrate through application and interview that they have the required skills and experience. The successful post holder will work all year round on a rotating shift pattern.
This is an exciting opportunity to join our experienced staff team and develop and grow your leadership skills.
Closing Date: Sunday 29th May 2022 @ 23:59pm
Interview & Testing: 9th June 2022
To arrange a visit please or discuss the post further please contact Louise Keane Head of Nursery or Ana Sevilla Executive head on 020 7527 4008 or 0207 226 6436
Packington 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.
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‘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’).
To support the Executive Head in providing vision, direction and leadership for the nursery, ensuring high quality childcare and early education that improves outcomes in line with the areas of learning and development in the EYFS and narrows the gap between those children most vulnerable to poor outcomes and the rest.
In the absence of the Executive Head, the Head will have full responsibility for the management of all day to day operational functions of the nursery including staffing levels, health and safety, safeguarding, finance systems and managing the intake of new cohorts of children.
To be an effective role model for staff in all aspects, including teamwork, positive relationships with children and parents, and appropriate early years teaching practice in order to improve outcomes for children.
To provide line management and appraisal to staff as appropriate supporting them to carry out their professional responsibilities and monitor the safeguarding responsibilities, performance and training of all staff.
1. Ensure the successful development and implementation of high quality,
developmentally appropriate, inclusive, learning environments in the nursery which promote learning through play and offer children learning experiences that meet their diverse and additional needs.
2. Ensure that the implementation of an effective planning, observation and assessment system allows for precise tracking of children’s progress and identification of priorities including for children most vulnerable to low outcomes including 2 yr. olds eligible for the free entitlement, EYPR children and those with SEND.
3. Have sound knowledge and understanding of the educational, developmental, health and social needs of children under five and of the requirements and guidance relating to the EYFS statutory framework.
4. Keep abreast of issues concerning wider legislative policy context for early education, academic literature, research and debate.
5. Ensure that there are robust safeguarding systems in place in accordance with local and national policies including promoting a safe culture for raising concerns including whistle blowing.
6. Lead and support staff in developing and maintaining effective systems for observation, assessment and planning which allows for precise tracking of children’s progress.
7. Lead on developing and maintaining appropriate positive behaviour strategies for children that support their diverse needs.
8. Lead and support staff in developing and maintaining a partnership with parents that values parents’ contributions and includes them in their child’s education. This includes ensuring there is support for the home learning environment and continuity for the child and parents at points of transition into, within and out of the setting.
9. In partnership with the Executive Head, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the nursery’s provision for teaching and learning and implement quality improvement strategies which impact on and improve outcomes for children.
10. With the Executive Head, develop and maintain positive working relationships with multi-agency partners and local organisations including EY settings and schools in the area to facilitate an integrated approach to services for all families and children. This includes the integrated health and education review at age 2.
11. Lead the staff team in the use of early help frameworks and Team around the Child/ Family meetings.
12. With the Executive Head, draw up and monitor a relevant development plan and take a lead on developing and managing specific areas for development.
13. Where appropriate, lead in-service training and advise on individual CPD opportunities for other members of staff.
14. Support the Executive Head in ensuring that the nursery meets the criteria for a successful OFSTED inspection.
15. Coordinate the supervision of student placements and volunteers, ensuring they adhere to the ethos and practice of the centre in all matters.
16. Uphold and demonstrate in practice the principles of inclusion and equal opportunities in all aspects of the role.
17. Undertake regular Child Protection training at a level commensurate with the role.
18. Undertake other minor and/or non-recurring duties appropriate to this post as directed by the Head of Centre.
The post holder is expected to:
• To use and assist others in the use of information technology systems to carry out duties in the most efficient and effective manner.
• To achieve agreed service outcomes and outputs, and personal appraisal targets, as agreed by the line manager.
• To undertake training 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.
• To carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the council’s commitment to customer service excellence and ensure compliance with the customer care standards.
• To be committed to the Council’s core values of public service, quality, equality and empowerment and to demonstrate this commitment in the way duties are carried out.
• To ensure that duties are undertaken with due regard and compliance with the Data Protection Act and other legislation.
• To carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Council’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety legislation.
• At all times to carry out responsibilities/duties within the framework of the Council's Dignity for all Policy. (Equal Opportunities Policy).