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  • Location: Lambeth
  • Start date: 24 Apr 2019
  • Category: Early Years
  • Job reference: PE10940830
  • Branch: London Nursery South
  • Consultant: Ginika Chukwuazi
  • Call: 01483 207 510
This vacancy has now expired.
Job description

Reports to:Director of Community

Direct reports:Deputy Head of Early Years Education
3 Early Years Managers

The Head of Early Years Education leads the work at this Outstanding nursery to provide outstanding education and care for children and their families in order that they get the best start in life and meet their full potential. This provision currently encompasses an 84-place nursery, holiday play schemes and activity camps, their creche facility to support parents to engage in training and support, and their work with external partners as part of their Family and Children's Centre provision working with families across Waterloo and North Southwark.

This role holds responsibility for their vision and implementation across education and care from the age of 0- 11 years old, working with their Deputy Head of Early Years Education. This includes their educational approach and philosophy, their approach to high quality childcare, their policies, procedures and learning frameworks, their work with parents and carers to support their active engagement in their child's education, training and coordination of continuous professional development for their Early Years team, and oversight of learning resources and their learning environment. They have an inclusive approach which aims to meet the learning needs of all children, including those with disabilities and special educational needs, and this role champions that agenda across their provision.

Based in an area a couple minutes' walk from Waterloo and Blackfriars stations and at the heart of a thriving local community they have been judged as an outstanding family and children's centre by Ofsted, reflecting their commitment to excellence in child-centred learning, and to have built a national and international reputation as a leading social enterprise.


Their educational approach and learning environment

• With colleagues, to develop an Early Years Education Plan which sets out an agreed philosophy and pedagogy to underpin the nursery's work with children aged 0-11 years. To champion the nursery's approach to Early Years education both internally and externally and ensure this is applied consistently throughout their provision.
• To work with their Early Years team to create a culture in which all staff have a full understanding of children's learning and development and where they work together and with parents to produce an environment that both supports and challenges, where children flourish, and where the outcomes sought by Ofsted's framework are achieved.
• To ensure a consistent and high-quality approach to care routines are in place, taking into account the needs of each child in their care.
• To develop and implement a framework with the Deputy Head of Early Years Education to ensure consistency and quality of education is achieved across their provision (inc nursery, creche and holiday schemes) which will include learning walks, self-evaluation, teaching observations and feedback, visits to other provisions, training and development, and the sharing of best practice in a way which improves day to day education at the nursery.
• With staff colleagues and parents/carers, to ensure that each child attending the nursery and creche has an up-to-date, appropriate, individual learning and development plan which is based on regular, recorded observations and which is used in planning that child's activities and experiences. To ensure that these plans are regularly reviewed and that parents/carers have regular opportunities to be engaged with their child's developmental progress.
• To work collaboratively with the staff team to create and maintain a stimulating and well-resourced environment that will enable learning to take place both indoors and outdoors, and formally and informally.
• To keep up to date with best Early Years practice and Ofsted requirements, and to ensure there is a continuous review and improvement process based on what they know (inc Ofsted requirements) about provision of an outstanding education.
• To ensure that their educational environment is inclusive and can meet the needs of all children, including those with special educational needs, disabilities and those facing complex challenges in their home lives. To oversee and support the role of SENCO, supporting internal and external colleagues in assessment and planning for children with additional needs.

People and relationship management

• Lead, develop and motivate the overall Early Years education and care team. This includes planning and participating in the continuous professional development and mentoring of all Early Years staff and, where appropriate, students and volunteers. It also involves overall performance management across their Early Years education including agreeing delivery targets and KPIs and ensuring they are achieved, and where possible, exceeded.
• Working with the Deputy Head of Early Years Education, to identify strategies to engage parents/ carers as partners, in their children's early learning and development. To deal with any issues which might arise with parents/ carers including compliments and complaints, policy and practice on admissions, and keeping parents informed on relevant developments.
• To systematically manage and nurture their relationship with national and local government partners, and other funders and commissioners, as relating to educational funding and partnership delivery.
• To establish and maintain links with local primary and secondary schools, childcare settings and other relevant professionals and to ensure they have effective arrangements in place to assist children in making successful transitions to schools and other settings.

Resource management and operations

• To lead and oversee management of occupancy in line with their business plan and organisational objectives, working with Communications and Marketing to ensure their take up of their nursery and holiday scheme provision meets target occupancy rates, and with their Senior Operations Manager who oversees day to day work on occupancy.
• With support from the Senior Operations Manager, to ensure opportunities for securing educational funding are maximised to allow them to invest more in their learning environment.
• To ensure their provision is informed by market data and insight about local needs, including latest research about the Early Years sector and other local provider's offer to parents / carers.
• With support from the Senior Operations Manager, to manage staffing and all other costs within budget and to monitor and adjust deployment of resources throughout the year to ensure financial and business targets are met.
• Working with the Director of Community, to prepare forward business plans and budgets for resources, materials and activities and to provide accurate and timely information as required for internal and external reporting.
• To regularly review and update the nursery's policies, procedures and practices to secure the highest standards of teaching and learning as well as ensuring a high quality, safe environment for their children and staff.
• With support from the Senior Operations Manager and Deputy Head of Early Years Education, to hold overall oversight for health and safety across all childcare activity, monitoring risk assessment and ensuring cleanliness, maintenance and repair requirements are recorded and actioned.
• To act as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, ensuring robust procedures are in place across all their Early Years provision (inc. nursery, creche and holiday schemes) and deputising for the Designated Safeguarding Lead as required.

Other duties

• To represent the group generally, ensuring a good understanding of the work of colleagues across the organisation and acting as an ambassador when undertaking public facing work
• To support colleagues in other parts of the organisation with development of learning and educational programmes, as appropriate.
• To attend Board meetings and subcommittee meetings and report on progress.
• To deputise and provide cover for colleagues when needed
• To undertake any reasonable duties as may be required from time to time, as consistent with the scope of the role.


• To comply with the Group's Equal Opportunities policies.

• To comply with the Group's Health & Safety policies.

• To comply with the Group's Safeguarding policies.

• To comply with the Group's ICT policies and procedures (including data protection).

• To promote an organisational culture that reflects the Group's values:

oCreative: By looking for solutions rather than problems I will find better ways of doing things
oCollaborative: By respecting the views of others we will learn, grow, and achieve more together
oCommitted: I do what I say I am going to do, and do the best job I can.


Essential Desirable
Qualifications Degree or equivalent leadership qualification Qualified Teacher Status

Experience At least five years' experience of working within an Early Years environment in a senior position

Experience of managing a staff team of Early Years practitioners

Experience of planning, facilitating, assessing and monitoring the Foundation Stage curriculum, a good understanding the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Experience of multi-agency working in relation to children under 5 years and their families

Experience of supporting and engaging parents as partners in their children's education

Experience of managing budgets, working with occupancy and income targets and overseeing business processes
Experience of working with children under 3 and/ or over 5 years old

Experience of running holiday activity programmes and creche provision

Experience of reporting to Boards, funders and senior stakeholders providing clear written reports and analysis

Experience of developing and implementing effective systems and processes

KnowledgeThorough knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage

A full understanding of children's development and learning from 0-5 years and a commitment to the provision of an appropriate learning and care environment indoors and out

Knowledge and understanding of the statutory requirements of legislation concerning Safeguarding Children practice and procedures, Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Special Educational Needs and the Children Act

Knowledge of current legislation, research and practice relating to Early Years education

Knowledge of the Ofsted framework for inspection of Early Years settings
An understanding of children's development and learning from 6 - 11 years old.
Skills and qualities Exemplary Early Years practice with a full understanding of child development

Strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate and inspire staff

Results driven approach with strong people skills and a natural ability to create rapport and nurture relationships

Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

Effective negotiation and problem-solving skills

Ability to work under pressure and adapt to change

Ability to complete projects and be a decision maker

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and able to communicate at a range of levels

Understanding of the benefits, challenges and principles of multi-agency partnerships.

A personal commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the nursery's ethos and mission


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