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Doodle Den Facilitator – Early Learning Initiative


Reporting to:

Doodle Den Coordinator
Director of the Early Learning Initiative

Job Code:

NCI 0649

Purpose of Position:

To deliver the Early Learning Initiative’s Doodle Den Programme

Key Relationships: 

  • Doodle Den Coordinator
  • Director of the Early Learning Initiative
  • Early Learning Initiative team
  • National College of Ireland
  •  Schools and Afterschools 

Key Responsibilities:
There will be two facilitators co-facilitating the literacy programme. The role of both facilitators is to provide the children with opportunities to develop their literacy in a fun and relaxed way. Each facilitator is responsible for:

  • Co-facilitating all the sessions of the literacy programme and ensuring fidelity of service delivery to the Doodle Den manual
  • Taking the lead in parts of each session
  • Organising the learning environment and materials as per the manual
  • Ensuring the provision of one healthy snack daily
  • Planning and implementing family days
  • Co-facilitating the parent component of the programme which comprises of at least six sessions, with a maximum of twelves sessions, over the programme year to facilitate all parents to attend sessions
  • Contacting parents and engaging with parents in order to achieve the aims of the service, including follow-up with non-attendees
  • To follow up non-attendance of participants and identify any supports required for participants to attend
  • Attending supervisions and team meetings
  • Working with children according to best practice in a child-centred way
  • Being vigilant in monitoring and responding to incidents of non-accidental injury, suspected child abuse, or developmental delay in line with ‘Children’s First’, the National Child Protection Guidelines
  • Liaising with, and making referrals to, other agencies and groups
  • Actively participating in the monthly ELI Learning Community for Doodle Den
  • Negotiating, liaising and supporting the ELI evaluation process
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Doodle Den Coordinator and Director of ELI

    Skills and Experience Required: 
  • Relevant qualifications in early childcare and education
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working with children and families in education
  • Experience in working with five and six-year-old children
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of College personnel, community stakeholders and other outside individuals/organisations
  • Proven capacity to work independently and as part of a team in a cross disciplinary, integrated team, sharing roles and responsibilities
  • Good time management, administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent behaviour management skills
  • An interest in literacy as demonstrated by being a member of a literacy organisation or by having attended training/courses outside of in-service training related to literacy

Salary: €33.25 per hour

Contract: Fixed-term part-time – subject to ongoing funding  

Hours: 4.5 contact hours per week, plus one hour for preparation, record-keeping, supervision, team meetings and evaluation requirements 

Annual Leave: 8% of hours worked

Application Process: To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI 0649 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm on Friday 24th July.

The successful candidates must be free to attend Doodle Den facilitator training at the end of August 2015.
The successful candidates will be subject to Garda vetting and must not hold any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001. 


The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Doodle Den facilitator – Early Learning Initiative, are based on the current stated role and objective of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI.

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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