After School Childcare Practitioner (Dublin 15)

The purpose of this job is to work as part of a team delivering high quality childcare and to ensure best practice standards are maintained in relation to providing care to the children attending the service. Based in Dublin 15 (15 hours, 1-6pm Wednesday-Friday, permanent position, to commence ASAP)

Overall Duties:

• To report to the manager
• To work closely with the manager to ensure the delivery of a good quality after school service.
• To ensure all records are maintained effectively.
• To ensure work is carried out to the highest standards.
• To, guide, observe, stimulate, and supervise children in a safe and caring environment as part of the childcare team
• To act, if required as a key worker to specified children.
• Ensure the safety, security, and well-being of all children in your care
• To adhere to the Child Care 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, the Child Care Act
1991, and all other relevant legislation and Regulations.
• To ensure all quality and safety standards are maintained in the Service always with specific responsibility for your designated room.
• To be knowledgeable of all policies and procedures and to follow them accordingly.


After School Childcare
• To work with your colleagues to provide a team approach to delivery of after school care and education of the highest standard.
• To know and understand the interests, abilities and preference of the children who use the service.
• To supervise and support children with their homework.
• To develop and implement a suitable range of indoor and outdoor activities/games to support the after school programme, e.g. art, drawing, music, drama. dance, gardening, cooking etc.
• To review and amend the after school activity programme regularly in conjunction with the manager to ensure ongoing variety and interest.
• To ensure the programme of activities is age-appropriate and child-led.
• To ensure that necessary materials are available and provide choices in materials, equipment, ideas, and space.
• To ensure the children have plenty of scope for relaxation (chill-out time), spontaneity and recreation as well as planned activities.
• Ensure that information regarding children’s anecdotal, behavioral, and medical information is recorded and stored as appropriate.
• To act as a positive role model always.
• To be responsible for the physical care of children attending the service. This includes:
o Supporting the children in terms of mealtime social skills
o Allowing the children to serve themselves
o Giving snacks and providing water or milk as required
• Collecting children from school and bringing them back safely to the after school service.


Parents
• To work in partnership with parents including:
o Developing a strong partnership with parents/guardians.
o Meeting and greeting children and parents – making them feel welcome.
o Answering parent’s queries.
o Providing feedback to parents both verbally and in writing using Child Paths, to give notes of the activities and programmes delivered.
o Attending parent meetings and open days as required.
o Communicating with parents for the purposes of intake, to make them aware of the centers policies, philosophy, activities, events, fees, to inform of child’s behavior/activities or to address any concerns of the parents.
o Ensuring information regarding enrolment, attendance and waiting lists is recorded
and stored according to data protection legislation.


Health, Safety and Hygiene
• To be responsible for the care of equipment, health and safety and hygiene of your assigned room and other facilities.
• To report any concerns relevant to the welfare of any child to the manager immediately.
• To be responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of children.
• To carry out risk assessments of rooms, outdoor areas and other activities like outings, school pick-ups.
• To ensure the highest possible standard of hygiene is maintained with the children within the after school and in the centre generally.
• To ensure our Healthy Eating policy is followed and lead by example in this regard.
• To participate in cleaning duties daily as required at the end of the session.
• To assist in providing a safe, secure and homely atmosphere for the children.
• To have a good knowledge of the fire and safety procedures within the centre.
• To bring to the attention of the manager any possible hazards or risks.
• To ensure that the kitchen is left clean and tidy following preparation and cooking of dinner for the after school children.
• To ensure that the toilets are cleaned at the end of each session.
• To carry out cleaning duties as required due to Covid-19 pandemic.


Communication
• To attend and participate in staff meetings.
• To follow the instructions of the manager.
• To communicate in a straightforward, accurate and professional manner and not to engage in
unnecessary social conversations when working and supervising children.


Other Duties
• To carry out any other duties or responsibilities deemed relevant to the role and assigned to you by your manager.
• To communicate frequently with the manager, team members and parents as required.
• The person appointed to this role shall not during the period of employment or at any time after the termination of employment disclose any confidential information in respect of the employer
or information relating to work, children, parents or staff participating in the programme.
• To be knowledgeable of all policies and procedures and follow them accordingly.
• To present a professional appearance and adhere to the dress code
• To undertake first aid training, fire safety and manual handling, child protection courses, in-house training as required
• Undertake training if requested by the Service Manager


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