Johnstown Community Childcare Lead Educator

Job Title:                                    Early Years Lead Educator

Reporting to:                           Service Coordinator

Place of Work:                        Johnstown Community Childcare

Hours of Work:                       30 hours per week

Job Summary:                         The responsibility of the Early Years Educator is to work collaboratively to ensure the smooth day to day to running of the ECEC/ SAC classroom and collaborative work with staff and centre manager in order to meet the holistic needs of the children attending the service.


Role and Responsibilities

-Work cooperatively and professionally as a member of a team, to provide a high-quality early education and care programme to all children attending the service

-To support the smooth day to day running of the classroom, including appropriate planning and implementation of the daily routine

-To provide children with developmentally appropriate learning experiences which can be adapted to their individual needs and emerging interests

-To have a working knowledge of Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and an understanding of the application of Aistear in all aspects of pedagogy, including planning and supporting children’s learning and development.

-To engage with the Siolta framework to support the improvement of quality in the classroom and promote a holistic approach to quality provision.

-To work in partnership with staff to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in the service and to implement and adhere to the standards and policies of the centre and the Childcare Regulations.

-To inspire, enable and motivate staff to take an active lead in the classroom based on individual strengths

-To support collaboration amongst the Early Years Educators in the classroom

-To be a positive role model at all times

-To ensure good standards of hygiene, regularly checking and ensuring equipment is safe, preparing classrooms and tidying of same after each session in compliance with Health and Safety legislation.

-Have an excellent knowledge of child development

-To record the progress of key children on an ongoing basis

-To keep up-to-date records of daily register, accidents, fire drills, etc.

-Have strong communication skills in dealing with children and parents and promote parental partnership

-Have a high regard for personal and professional development and for the personal and professional development of others

-Good practice regarding observations, documentation and curriculum planning and development.

-To ensure the voice, needs and rights of the child underpin all aspects of pedagogy

-To ensure the health and safety of children

-Maintain good communication with all senior staff including the service coordinator, centre manager and senior staff.


Essential Requirements

-Minimum level 6 qualification

-3 years’ experience working in an Early Years setting is desirable.

-Have a positive outlook and a commitment to supporting and empowering young children and their families.

-Highly motivated with a positive and compassionate outlook.

-Good interpersonal, communication and leadership skills

-Ability to generate strong team morale, cooperation, and participation.

-Upholds high standards of honesty, ethics, and integrity.


The closing date for receipt of applications:

Friday 15th September 2023


Please make applications by submitting your CV and Cover Letter to [email protected]

Candidates will be short listed based on information supplied. Urlingford/ Johnstown Community Childcare may develop a panel of qualifying candidates for any future vacancies in 2023/ 2024.