Current vacancies - Assistant Manager (Temporary Maternity Cover)

Caterpillars Pre-school has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Practitioner to join our dedicated team as an Assistant Manager based at our Marks Tey setting. This role requires a minimum Level 3 full and relevant qualification and either a SENCO qualification, or a willingness to be trained in this area. The cost of training will be covered by Caterpillars. 

This is initially a temporary role to cover maternity leave. The role will be required from Mid-April 2024 to the end of February 2025 but there is possibility that the role could be made permanent for the right person. The setting is currently full as well has already having a full register from September 2024 onwards so Caterpillars is looking to expand further. 

Caterpillars is open Monday to Thursday between 9am-2:45pm, term time only. It is a pack a way preschool based as St Andrews Church Hall (CO6 1LW). The setting is 10-minute walk from Marks Tey Station and there is on-site parking. 

We are a Charitable run preschool overseen by a management committee of parent volunteers. The successful applicant, along with the Senior Manager will liaise with the management committee, Ofsted services and other professionals as necessary and ensure that all legal and statutory requirements are implemented; to provide reports as required. This will include attendance at training events and meetings (including evening committee meetings - once every half term).

The Assistant Manager will be responsible for the day to day running of the setting. They will be supported by a Deputy Manager based at Marks Tey and by the Senior Manager based at our Birch Setting. 

The hours for this role will be 31.5 per week made up as follows ;

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday- 8:15am-3:00pm (this includes a 1 hr meeting between 2pm-3pm on Thursday afternoons with the Senior Manager

Wednesday – 8:15am-4pm (includes the weekly team meeting with staff between 3pm-4pm)

Friday – 9am-12:30pm Management time (completed at home – laptop provided)

You will also receive extra hours each month for work on reports/folders for any key children allocated to you and any other senior duties (such as SENCO) that you perform.

The hourly rate for this post is currently £13.00 per hour plus holiday pay. This will be subject to a review in April 2024 prior to this successful applicant taken up the post .

The main responsibilities will include overseeing the delivery of safe, high quality education and care for pre-school children which fulfil the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and to effectively monitor the effectiveness of the pre-school curriculum and that staff are properly deployed and offer appropriate stimulation and support to the children.

You will be responsible for the day to management of staff (team of 5) but will be supported by the Senior Manager and deputy in the completion of staff appraisals and supervisions, including identifying in-service training needs. .

You will work with the team to organise the key person system and running existing systems of observation and record keeping so that children's progress and achievements are effectively and regularly assessed; to monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures. This will include working closely with parents/carers to inform them about the pre-school and its curriculum, exchanging information about children's progress and encouraging parents' involvement.

The successful candidate will also be the lead person for safeguarding and SEND and will need to ensure that any child protection concerns are acted upon immediately and appropriately and ensure those children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SENDCo) are supported and all relevant paperwork is set up and maintained

Application deadline: 25/02/2024
Reference ID: AMTEMPFEB24
Expected start date: 15/04/2024

Essential Criteria
Minimum Level 3 childcare qualification that is full and relevant
Minimum 3 years post qualification experience 
Sound understanding of the EYFS
Sound understanding of child development and of children’s needs
Sound understanding of the SEND code of practice
Ability to plan and implement the pre-school curriculum, taking into account the SEND code of practice, safeguarding procedures and equality, diversity and inclusion.
Ability to work with parents and encourage their involvement
Ability to understand issues that impact on quality, occupancy and income
Ability to manage self and others
Ability to work calmly under pressure
Ability to communicate effectively with a range of people
Demonstrate professionalism in approach to managing all issues
Ability to write clear reports
Desirable Qualifications / Experience
Minimum 1 years management/leadership experience 
SENCO qualification ( or a willingness to train in this area)
First aid
Current DBS
Good IT Skills
Access to a pension scheme
Discounted staff childcare
Continual personal development 
Paid training  
Closing Date – 25th February 2024