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National Childhood Network (NCN) is a quality support organisation for the childhood services sector (preschool, crèche, school age and childminding services).  A Voluntary/Community Organisation based in Co Monaghan, the organisation receives funding from the Department of Children, Equality, Diversity, Innovation and Youth (DCEDIY) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) Health and Wellbeing for the delivery of actions that support the provision of quality childhood services that support parents/families and that enhance children’s health, wellbeing, learning and development.  NCN also seeks and receives funding from other sources to progress the implementation of specific projects and actions that meet the organisations objectives.

The Board of Management now seeks to recruit 2 x Early Years Quality Support Specialists to provide a range of specific supports to two different cohorts of Early Years Educators/Professionals.

Group 1 – those working with babies and toddlers

Group 2 –those working with preschool. 

These two separate posts have been created in recognition of children’s different developmental needs at this young age.

Responsible to: National Childhood Network

Reports to: CEO

Hours: 28 hours per week

Tenure: Fixed Term Contract to end December 2023, with possible extension depending on funding

Salary: €28,246.40

Annual leave: 20.80 days

Location: Mainly based at NCN office Monaghan


Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Birth - 3 Years)

Job Purpose

The Early Years Quality Support Specialist, with a specialism for children aged from birth – 3 years, will provide a range of supports to Early Learning and Care settings seeking to provide high quality experiences for babies, wobblers and toddlers in centre-based settings and professional childminders.  

Supports will include:

  • Responding to educators information/training and support needs through the provision of information and guidance

  • Provision of CPD/training opportunities to nurture knowledge, skills and competencies

  • Facilitation of regional Peer Support Networks

  • Initiating and facilitating Communities of Practice

  • On line/ On site Mentoring/Coaching

  • Raising the profile of Early Years Educators working with children under 3 years

 

Qualifications, Experiences, Knowledge and Skills

Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • Honours Early Childhood Degree

  • Train the Trainer Qualification

  • Evidence of a strong commitment to CPD

Desirable

  • Post Graduate Qualification in a complementary programme of study

Experience

  • 3 years’ experience of working with children under 3 years in a creche/other setting

  • 3 years’ experience of managing staff

  • 3 years supporting/mentoring staff /services

Knowledge

  • An in-depth knowledge of the context within which Early Learning and Care services are provided in Ireland

  • An in-depth knowledge of child development for children aged from birth -3 years

  • An in-depth knowledge of the essential requirements for the delivery of a quality Early Learning and Care service for babies and toddlers that is informed and guided by the Síolta, Aistear and Healthy Ireland Frameworks as well as the Diversity and Equality Inclusion Charter/Guidelines

Skills

The ability to:

  • Develop/adapt and circulate relevant information through various media channels

  • Provide professional guidance and advice in relation to children under 3 years

  • Develop, source/ provide a range of CPD opportunities both on line and in a class room situation

  • Provide a range of mentoring/coaching supports

  • Facilitate networking/peer support sessions and communities of practice

  • Communicate professionally, both orally and in writing

  • Develop and deliver key messages and learning through NCN’s’ social media channels to support Early Years Lead Educators and Educators, parents and others

  • Ability to prioritise and manage demands and deadlines

  • Ability to work alone or a part of a highly motivated team


 Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Preschool)

Job Purpose

The Early Years Quality Support Specialist, with a specialism for preschool children will provide a range of supports to Early Learning and Care settings seeking to provide high quality experiences for preschool children in centre-based settings and professional childminders.  

Supports will include:

  • Responding to educators information/training and support needs through the provision of information and guidance

  • Provision of CPD/training opportunities to nurture knowledge, skills and competencies

  • Facilitation of regional Peer Support Networks

  • Initiating and facilitating Communities of Practice

  • On line/ On site Mentoring/Coaching

  • Raising the profile of Early Years Educators working with preschool children

 Qualifications, Experiences, Knowledge and Skills

Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • Honours Early Childhood Degree

  • Train the Trainer Qualification

  • Evidence of a strong commitment to CPD

Desirable

  • Post Graduate Qualification in a complementary programme of study

Experience

  • 3 years’ experience of working with preschool children in an Early and Care setting

  • 3 years’ experience of managing staff

  • 3 years supporting/mentoring staff /services

Knowledge

  • An in-depth knowledge of the context within which Early Learning and Care services are provided in Ireland

  • An in-depth knowledge of child development for children in their preschool years

  • An in-depth knowledge of the essential requirements for the delivery of a quality Early Learning and Care service for Preschool children that is informed and guided by the Síolta, Aistear and Healthy Ireland Frameworks as well as the Diversity and Equality Inclusion Charter/Guidelines

Skills

The ability to:

  • Develop/adapt and circulate relevant information through various media channels

  • Provide professional guidance and advice in relation to preschool children

  • Develop, source/ provide a range of CPD opportunities both on line and in a class room situation

  • Provide a range of mentoring/coaching supports

  • Facilitate networking/peer support sessions and communities of practice

  • Communicate professionally, both orally and in writing

  • Develop and deliver key messages and learning through NCN’s’ social media channels to support Early Years Lead Educators and Educators, parents and others

  • Ability to prioritise and manage demands and deadlines

  • Ability to work alone or a part of a highly motivated team


 

Location & Working Hours: NCN office Monaghan Town 28 Hours per week / 26 days annual leave (pro rata)

Salary, terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful candidate 

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Job Description - Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Birth - 3 Years)

Job Description - Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Preschool)

Application Form - Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Birth - 3 Years)

Application Form - Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Preschool)

Person Specification - Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Birth - 3 Years)

Person Specification - Early Years Quality Support Specialist (Preschool)

 

The closing date for return of completed application form is 12th August 2022 at 12.00pm. Application and cover letter to be returned by email only.

Please return by email to Michelle Hart, CEO, National Childhood Network, Unit10d, M:TEK Building 1, Armagh road, Monaghan, H18 PT67.

For further information contact: Michelle Hart by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please Note Interviews will take place on 25 August 2022

NCN is an Equal Opportunities Employer