Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme – Early Years Coordinator

Internal Role Only

NCI is recruiting someone with experience working with children and young people to coordinate the ABC Early Years Programme.

Reporting to:

Director of Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme / Early Learning Initiative

Purpose of Position:

Coordinate the ABC Early Years Programme

Key Relationships:

  • Director of the ABC Programme and Early Learning Initiative.
  • ABC Programme Staff
  • Early Learning Initiative team.
  • National College of Ireland
  • Members of ABC consortium
  • Stakeholders in the local community, including parents, children and practitioners

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, organise, deliver and evaluate at least 3 Early Years Interagency Working Group Meetings (0-8 years) a year
  • Design, organise, deliver and evaluate CPD workshops on Aistear and Síolta for ECCE and after-schools practitioners and parents
  • To develop further the Early Years Numeracy Project materials and workshops involving professionals, parents and children based on Aistear and Síolta
  • Provide mentoring and support to all early years’ practitioners, infant class teachers and afterschool staff in
    • Implementing Aistear and Síolta in their services
    • Supporting parental involvement in children’s learning in their services, in accordance with Síolta Standard 3: Parents and Families
    • Developing systems to monitor, reflect on and improve practice based on Síolta Standard 8: Planning and Evaluation
    • Facilitate and promote smooth transitions, which provide continuity and progression in mathematical learning for children 0-6, in accordance with Síolta Standard 13: Transitions 
  • Liaise with CES, Pobal and other statutory and voluntary bodies around the development of the ABC Early Years Programme and opportunities for shared learning and collaboration
  • To manage the budget and accounts for ABC Early Years Programme within the NCI/Early Learning Initiative framework and the requirements of Pobal and CES
  • Prepare and maintain records, reports and/or evaluation data on the programmes and participating professionals, children and families
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including ABC Consortium, Pobal, CES, other Departments within NCI and other statutory, community and voluntary bodies around the development of the ABC Early Years Programme
  • Provide information as required to the ABC Director and NCI’s Finance Department for ABC returns and budgets to Pobal and CES
  • Participate in research activities
  • Any other duties as assigned by the ABC/ELI Director

Skills and Experience required:

  • Relevant 3rd level qualification
  • Relevant experience of working with children, young people, families and statutory agencies,
  • Experience in developing and delivering relevant Early Years professional development programmes
  • Excellent Facilitation and presentation skills
  • Ability to develop and support innovative ideas and approaches;
  • Ability to work with marginalised families and have an understanding of the issues of marginalisation
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of College personnel, community and corporate stakeholders and other outside individuals/organisations
  • Flexible approach to work as evening and weekend work may be required
  • Ability to operate as a team player in a cross disciplinary, integrated team, sharing roles and responsibilities
  • An energetic, confident and pro-active individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent leadership, administrative and organisational skills

Terms of Employment

Salary: Administrator Salary Band
Annual Leave: 24 days per annum
Contract Type: This is a permanent, full-time contract
Visa: Candidates must hold a valid working visa

Application Process:

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV in PDF format only, quoting reference number: NCI0824 and job title to recruitment-dohanlon@ncirl.ie by 5pm Friday 14th June 2019.

The successful candidate 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 ABC Early Years Coordinator – Early Learning Initiative, are based on the current stated role and objectives of the ABC Programme and the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the ABC Programme and NCI.

Equal Opportunities Policy: National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the traveller community.


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