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Head of Curriculum

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Job Reference:
Type of Position:
Early Years Professional
South London
£28,000 yearly GROSS
Start Date:
Job Posted:
Temp / Perm:
Full / Part:
Full Time
Typical Hours:
40 hours per week (4 and half days)
Level 3 or above
Age of Children:

Full Time Early Years Professional Job in South London

Job description

We create a fun, happy and nurturing environment which feels just like an extension of your own home. We are a small, local, family run group where children are truly at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence and are the nursery of choice for many local families.

Role: Head of Curriculum
Location: SW12
Salary: £27500- £28000
Hours: 40hours per week (4 and half days)

Primary purpose of the position:
The role of the Head of Curriculum is to, individually and alongside the Manager and Deputy Manager, provide professional and inspirational leadership and management of the nursery. To help manage the day to day running effectively and to deliver exceptional standards of care and education. The Head of Curriculum will be room based moving between rooms as necessary.

Main Responsibilities:
To assist in the planning and delivery of the effective daily management of the nursery, in accordance with company policies, all relevant legislation, plus local authority and OFSTED requirements.
To manage use of the Family app.
To ensure the provision is of the highest quality; providing a safe, stimulating and caring child-centred environment catering for the children's education and developmental needs.
To ensure that all agreed quality and safety standards are maintained in the nursery at all times.
To assist with overall management, training and supervision of all childcare and other staff.
To liaise closely with parents or carers to ensure high levels of involvement and parent satisfaction at all times.
To manage resources to prepare a stimulating curriculum.
To oversee curriculum development.

Key ongoing responsibilities and accountabilities:

1. Curriculum development and outstanding childcare practice

Promote the highest standards of quality within the nursery with regard to the experiences, resources and environment offered to the children.
Ensure that all the children attending the nursery receive rich and stimulating experiences appropriate to their age and stage of development.
Organise activities, both inside and outside the nursery which encourage creativity, development, co-ordination, independence, self-expression, self-confidence and learning through play.
Develop and implement initiatives that support children ensuring their individual needs are met within a group setting.
Ensure that practice and provision meets (and where appropriate) exceeds the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Ensure that individual records of all the children's educational developmental progress are kept, based on day to day observations.
Ensure that children are kept safe, and that staff understand and, when necessary, follow our established Safeguarding procedures.
Support the development of good practice with regards to special needs and inclusion, liaising with the senior group SENCO and or Lambeth's Early Years Special Needs Advisor as appropriate.
Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum provided and identify area for development and create and maintain a culture of self-evaluation and reflective practice throughout the nursery.
Ensure all planning for activities is carried out in a timely fashion, links appropriately to children's individual next steps and is displayed prominently within the room.
Ensure all the display boards are kept up-to-date with engaging photos and children's work and that all labelling is accurate.
Build strong relationships with all the children.
When necessary assist children with personal care, including changing nappies, assisting with potty training and other associated welfare matters.
Assist in supervising the daily domestic management of the nursery, including that the nursery is kept clean at all times. Be prepared to help where needed in preparation of snack meals, cleaning of equipment, doing laundry etc.
Monitor and oversee the use of mealtimes and other routines to ensure that these are a pleasant, social time where children's independence is fully promoted. To ensure all staff sit and interact with their key children where possible and they see this as an important element of planning to support learning and development.
To ensure that Room Leaders run a calm, smooth room using staff delegation as appropriate.
Lead and implement the positive management of children's behaviour across the nursery.
Provide support and expertise to ensure that all staff are able to manage a full range of behaviours positively.

2. Parent partnership

Manage the settling-in process for all children in conjunction with the Manager and appropriate Room Leader.
Build strong relationships with our parent group through daily contact resolving issues or complaints as they arise, notifying the Manager and or Principal of all complaints (written or verbal).
Encourage the involvement of parents at all levels in the work of the nursery, through parent's evenings, parent forums and social events.
Deliver childcare in a way that meets the needs of our parents and provide the highest levels of customer care at all times.
Ensure that all the daily updates are completed in a timely fashion and with high quality information for parents.
Assist Room Leaders to ensure that staff within the room are hosting parent meetings on schedule every six months.
Promote the nursery to current and potential parents.
Ensure that parents comments in Family app are being utilised and delivered in the children's weekly activities.

3. Staff management, development and retention

Help to lead and manage the team, upholding and distilling the ethos.
Inspire and motivate the team through innovative leadership, outstanding personal practice.
Support and supervise the team in the rooms with their day to day duties.
Be part of the senior leadership team of the nursery and build strong working relationships with your colleagues.
Keep up to date with developments in childcare and education policy and practice, through regular reading of industry magazines and websites.
Participate in and or carry out supervisions for staff in conjunction with the Manager or Deputy Manager.
Review paperwork from staff within the rooms on a regular basis to ensure it is of the highest quality, parent friendly and OFSTED ready.
Provide coaching to help develop a well-qualified and experienced team able to exceed all relevant standards.
Monitor all nursery staff, to ensure the effectiveness of the delivery of care in line with nursery policies, procedures and core values.
Identify staff training and developmental needs, plan with the Deputy Manager, Manager and Principal to ensure these needs are met, evaluate the effectiveness of training undertaken.
Undertake training or professional development as appropriate.
Set staff rotas when required and chair staff meetings or room meetings as required.
Lead 'in-house' training sessions.
Work in conjunction with the Manager and Principal in disciplinary and grievance investigations.
Achieve high levels of staff retention.
Ensure the nursery policies on diversity and equal opportunities are adhered to.

4. Positive external relationships

Develop strong partnership links with the other Managers in the group, the Principals, the Early Years teaching staff and senior management at The White House Preparatory School.
Together with the Principal and Manager develop links and a close working relationship with Lambeth Council's Early Years team, including joining the Lambeth Sub Committees as appropriate, to ensure the nursery receives as much information and training support as possible.
Together with the Manager, maintain a strong, positive relationship with OFSTED.
Maintain professional working relationships with other Local Authority Departments, regulatory bodies, SENCOs, EYFS advisors, health professionals, other specialist agencies and the local community.
Work with Manager and Community Officer to provide a wealth of links in the local community to build a base of professional collaboration and knowledge sharing in the area.

5. Operational control

Develop and manage the operational framework and standards to ensure the smooth running of the nursery at all times.
Ensure the required standards, ratios and conditions of registration are maintained at all times.
Ensure the highest standards of safety and security within the nursery (in particular that security systems are always fully operational and used properly by staff and visitors).
Facilitate inspections by regulatory bodies and implement any recommendations in conjunction with the Manager and Principal.
Use your own observations and reflective practice to produce an annual staff/nursery development plan.
Monitor occupancy levels to ensure that they are maximised and proactively participate in marketing the nursery to meet these objectives.
Notify the Principal immediately when a parent provides notice to leave or change their sessions.
Know the nursery emergency and security procedures in detail and ensure compliance with fire risk assessment policy.
Assist with the day to day operation in order to ensure the health and safety of the children, parents and carers, the team and any visitors to the nursery.
Undertake shared responsibility to ensure the health and safety of the children, parents and carers, the team and any visitors to the nursery.
Ensure the highest levels of cleanliness and hygiene within the rooms, particularly in the nappy change areas, sleep room and kitchens.
Assist in maintaining the nursery building, gardens, equipment and resources to the highest standard, reporting maintenance or cleaning issues appropriately and promptly to management.

6. General

Assist the Manager in all administrative duties associated with the nursery, such as accurately maintaining children's records, maintaining inventories and keeping personnel records.
Adherence to all nursery policies and procedures.
Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by the Manager, Principal or other Directors.
Attend and contribute to regular operational and strategy meetings with the nursery senior leadership team Attend and contribute to regular staff meetings.
Attend weekend training when necessary.
Participate in nursery social events, for both parents and parents and children.
Attend Open Day twice a year.
Above all maintain a 'can-do' and flexible approach to the work of the nursery in response to the needs of children, families and staff.

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Tinies South & West London
HomeWork Southfields
265-269 Wimbledon Park Road
SW19 6NW
020 7736 5214

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