Deputy Childcare Manager

Job description

To support the Manager in the everyday running of Happy Days. To nurture and inspire Childcare staff. Maintain the vision and values of the Centre. .


  • To be responsible for all aspects of the service delivered by Happy Days Community Childcare.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and legislation.
  • To provide a high quality, safe, caring environment for the children.
  • To manage, support and direct a team of staff.
  • To work in partnership with stakeholders to promote the well being of the children.
  • To manage enquiries, admissions and transitions.
  • To implement and review policies, procedures and practices.

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Skills

  • Relevant qualification e.g. Degree in Early Years Education, BA Hons Early Childhood Studies or QCF Level 5 Diploma in Children's Care Learning & Development
  • At least two years experience of leading aspects of Early Years practice and development while working in a nursery or similar setting.
  • Clean driving licence. Good knowledge and clear understanding of child development. In depth knowledge of child protection principles and procedures.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities. Ability to recognise, identify and solve problems. Experience of providing regular written reports. Ability to lead and manage a team.
  • The ability to relate well to outside agencies and professionals. Willing to identify and undertake relevant training Commitment to act with sensitivity to maintain the ethos of Happy Days.
  • In depth knowledge of child protection principles and procedures.
  • Good knowledge of health and safety principles and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of inclusivity.
  • Experience of providing high quality play opportunities.
  • Ability to cope with many different roles/responsibilities.
  • Ability to work on own initiative within agreed policies.
  • Excellent communication skills including ability to establish good relationships with children, staff, parents, carers and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent organisational/time management skills.

Desirable Skills

  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • IOSH Managing Safely qualification.
  • Current Safeguarding qualification.
  • Experience of working with children with disabilities and/or special needs.
  • Good knowledge and experience of preschool education curriculum.

Further Information

For further information and to request an application pack please contact Work Time: Variable rota between 8am & 6pm Please note that due to the nature of this post and the law relating to it successful applicants will be: required to be checked through Access NI and Social Services, complete a Health Declaration form and provide suitable references. Any subsequent offer of employment will be subject to this process being satisfactorily completed.

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Co Antrim
£24,557 per annum
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