Maidstone YMCA

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Early Years Manager – Maidstone YMCA Preschool

Reporting to: Business Manager


Summary of Position:

We are looking for someone who wants a challenging but hugely rewarding and fun career, term time only.

Our Pre-School, for children between the ages of 2-4 years, sits within the Loose Centre in Maidstone and has excellent facilities offering a warm and caring approach to all our children.

The Pre-School uses the Early Years Foundation Stage to help with children's social and educational development, and the role of the Early Years Manager is to inspirationally lead and manage the staff team to ensure that all children attending the setting, receive high quality care, are kept safe and receive stimulating play experiences which meet their individual needs and interests.


With support from the Business Manager, SENCO lead and working together with the Early Years Manager from our sister Pre-School in Tovil, you will:

ensure the setting continues to meet the safeguarding and welfare and learning and development requirements within the Early Years Foundation Stage, Ofsted and other legislative requirements
monitor and evaluate practices, policies and process that support children’s education, development and wellbeing
lead on making collaborative links with other settings and agencies to build on the settings continuous developments and improve outcomes for all children
keep abreast of all local and national changes that affect early years and cascade relevant information to staff team.


The key responsibilities of the role are:  

to role model and monitor high quality practices that will ensure the smooth day to day organisation and operation of the setting
to ensure that all management and business records are regularly updated and maintained
to monitor the effectiveness of designated roles within the setting 
to build and maintain effective communication and positive relationships with staff, parents, carers, families and relevant professionals, whilst respecting appropriate confidentiality

to be alert to issues of safeguarding and child protection, ensuring that the welfare and safety of children attending the setting is promoted and to follow safeguarding procedures as detailed in the settings policy and as directed by the local safeguarding team
to ensure that health and safety procedures provide a safe environment that promotes the health and wellbeing of all children, staff families and visitors
to ensure that performance management systems are effective, including carrying out regular supervision meetings and annual appraisals with all staff, supporting improvements to practice and continuous professional development
to maintain an accurate succession plan which demonstrates the commitment to supporting staffs CPD and whole setting training requirements to ensure a highly effective staff team
keep up to date with research and good practice, to improve own knowledge and understanding and ensure effective practice within the setting
to lead on the accuracy, collation and analysis of summative assessments and ensure that planning processes are effective in providing stimulating and varied opportunities for children to be motivated and enthused in their learning
to ensure a culture of excellence in all the setting activities is supported by thorough reflection and self-evaluation and that the drive for continuous improvement promotes high levels of achievement for all children
to work within the company’s policies and procedures, and in accordance with the company’s Equality and Diversity policy
to follow the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) working towards and promoting a setting that is socially inclusive, environmentally responsible and economically conscientious regarding consumption of energy and resources


Additional Information:

£10.95 an hour
DBS: This post is subject to a criminal record check by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The level required is enhanced.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  Staff must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders, which have been made against them. Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Minimum Requirements:

At least 2 years recent management experience in a group care setting, leading all aspects of practice.
An early years qualification equivalent to at least a Level 3
Leadership/management experience

Please see person specification attached for more information.


If you are confident, caring, pro-active and conscientious, with the relevant experience and want to find out more, then please contact Vanessa Burns on 01622 749404