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Position                           Doodle Den Facilitator – Early Learning Initiative

Reporting to:                    Doodle Den Coordinator and Director of the Early Learning Initiative

Job Code:                          NCI 0779

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-attenders

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 until June 2019 – subject to ongoing funding

Hours:                 4.5 contact hours per week, plus one hour for preparation, recordkeeping, 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: NCI0779 and title of position to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm on Friday 9th October 2018.

The successful candidates will be subject to Garda vetting and must not hold any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

Note: 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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