The Early Learning Initiative is seeking to recruit primary school teacher or someone with a background in Early years education/Community Work/Social care to fill a part time (5.5 hours per week) position for an afterschool literacy programme for Senior Infants in Dublin’s inner-city area. Doodle Den aims to improve children’s overall literacy skills. The programme is run 3 times a week in various sites in Dublin’s inner city from Mondays – Thursdays, for 1.5 hours between the hours of 1.30pm and 4.15 pm, depending on the site.
Doodle Den Coordinator/Assistant Director of the Early Learning Initiative
- Doodle Den Coordinator
- Senior Coordinator – Community Services Programmes
- Assistant Director – Dublin's Inner City Programmes
- Early Learning Initiative team
- National College of Ireland
- Schools and Afterschool’s
There will be two facilitators co-facilitating the literacy programme in each site. 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
- Coordinating assessment of participants involved
- Planning and involving volunteers in the programme
- 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 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 qualification in early childcare and education
- A minimum of two years’ experience of 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
- Ability to keep records and appropriate documentation.
- Experience engaging with parents.
- Good time management, administrative and organisational skills
- Excellent behaviour management skills
- An interest in literacy as demonstrated by being a member of literacy organisation or by having attended training/course outside of in-service training related to literacy is also preferred.
2 post available
33.25 per hour (facilitation rate); €20.00 for additional training, admin, meetings
8% of hours worked
Fixed-term part-time – subject to ongoing funding
4.5 contact hours per week, plus one hour for preparation, recordkeeping, supervision, team meetings and evaluation requirements. Ideally, facilitators need to be available from 1.30pm from Monday – Thursday.
8% of hours worked
The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.
National College of Ireland’s mission is to widen participation in higher education and unlock each student's potential. The College offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills and self-confidence to change their lives, contribute to a knowledge based economy and become responsible, active citizens.
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.
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