Associate Head of Early Education & Childcare

BS3 Community Development
£28,567 annually
Contract Type: 
Full Time
37.5 per week
Details of Role: 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Rate of Pay: Starting Salary of £28,567 plus benefits including subsidised childcare & meals, pension and training and development opportunities.

Minimum Qualification: Graduate Level Early Years Qualification (Level 6)

Closing date: Wed 3rd July 5 p.m. Interviews: w/c 8th July

Key Responsibilities:

Working under the guidance of the Executive Head of Early Education & Childcare, the Associate Head responsibilities apply across Early Education & Childcare provision at both the Southville and Chessel Centres.


Curriculum & Pedagogy

  • Act as the ‘pedagogical leader’, ensuring the implementation of a consistent, high quality approach across all Early Education & Childcare services.
  • Monitor, evaluate, audit and support curriculum delivery for each service, promoting strategies for improvement.
  • Take responsibility for leading systems for planning and assessment, across all Early Education & Childcare services.
  • Contribute to developing the organisations ‘ethos statement’ and ‘pedagogical principles’ and oversee their implementation.
  • Establish creative, responsive and effective approaches in relation to children’s learning.

Operational Management

  • Ensure the smooth day-to-day running of all services, including compliance with organisational policy and procedure, and statutory requirements.
  • Ensure the premises promote an atmosphere which facilitates engagement, learning and well-being for all children and families.
  • Working with the Executive Head, recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately for the delivery of services.
  • Working with the Executive Head and other senior managers, help ensure that both Centres operate to a common quality standard and that all staff understand and feel that they belong to one organisation (which is a charity).
  • Communicate with other managers and leaders as appropriate to maximise opportunities and to ensure that any issues are resolved quickly.
  • Working with the Executive Head, ensure services operate sustainably and are delivered within agreed budgets.
  • Implement systems for effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of the work of teams and Lead Practitioners.

Development & Leadership

  • Champion continuing professional development, implementing systems which promote access to high quality development experiences for all practitioners and maximise the impact of these experiences.
  • Develop mentor and supervision systems to ensure all practitioners have access to appropriate support and guidance.
  • Provide effective line-management and on-going review for all Lead Practitioners.
  • Working with the Executive Head, develop and implement systems for quality improvement, including undertaking systems for self-evaluation.
  • Working with the Executive Head, support the use of research projects to provoke debate, reflection, problem solving and in-depth understanding of pedagogical issues across the team.
  • Consistently maintain high expectations and provide challenge and support where there are examples of inconsistency and/or underperformance.

Community & Partnerships

  • Develop opportunities and partnerships which extend the curriculum and promote access to the wider community, including leadership of forest school programmes and intergenerational projects.
  • Work with other agencies, and the nominated internal leads, to ensure that provision is as inclusive as possible and support is provided where children and families face disadvantage. 
  • Develop existing professional and community connections and utilise opportunities to share ideas and practice and develop the organisation’s reputation.
  • Create opportunities, and systems, for developing partnerships with parents and families.

Other responsibilities

  1. Contribute to the daily management of the organisation.
  2. Contribute to the development and annual review of the business plan and associated budget.
  3. Contribute ideas and actively participate to ensure an effective and positive working environment and strong, community-owned, sustainable organisation.
  4. Collaborate with colleagues to build networks of communication and support across the organisation and beyond.
  5. Where appropriate, to be a key holder and responsible person for BS3 Community buildings.
  6. Act as an Ambassador for the organisation and conduct yourself, plus undertake all work, to a high professional, ethical and moral standard.
  7. Work within the organisation’s policies and procedures and uphold its ethos and core values.
  8. Contribute to the Early Education & Childcare Sub-Committee group, utilising this to provide information to the Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team.
  9. Some evenings and occasional weekend work may be required.
  10. To carry out any other activity that may be reasonably requested by the Executive Head, CEO or Trustees.
  11. Undertake professional duties of the Executive Head in their absence.


  1. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their work in order to fulfil the needs of the charity and achieve agreed goals.
  2. This job description is not exhaustive and will be reviewed, in consultation with the post holder, from time-to-time and amended in the light of the changing needs of the charity.
  3. The organisation operates a system of regular performance reviews, which includes an Annual Performance Evaluation where the job description, progress against objectives and targets and overall performance in the post are discussed.
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 3 July, 2019 - 17:00
How to Apply: 

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