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Better Start

Saggart, County Dublin, Ireland

Role Requirements

Role Requirement 1
Planning & Facilitating the Play Area

  • To provide safe, creative and appropriate play opportunities for children across a range of age groups whose families are being temporarily accommodated in the Citywest Transit Hub; 
  • To attend planning sessions with staff team to ensure a planned approach to allocation of resources, and liaison with parents/carers when required;
  • To consult with the children and involve them in the planning of activities
  • Working in partnership with parents (parents supervise their children at all times in the Centre). To maintain good relationships and communications with parents/carers to facilitate meeting the needs of each child;
  • To encourage parental involvement and support through welcoming parents to supervise and participate in children’s play;
  • To communicate clearly about any matters relating to the running of the play area including resources and equipment, health and safety, with the Team Leader;
  • To ensure the provision of a high quality, inclusive environment to meet the needs of all individual children of all ages and stages of development, including differing abilities, cultures, beliefs and backgrounds;

Role Requirement 2
Safeguarding, Health & Safety, & Risk Assessment

  • To be vigilant in relation to any child welfare or safeguarding issues in line with Pobal’s Safeguarding Policy and Department on site procedures;
  • To work in compliance with GDPR requirements and to ensure confidentially of all information received in relation to children and families;
  • To ensure that risk assessments are completed prior to commencing activities with children, particularly in regard to age and suitability of materials;
  • To ensure good standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times in line with the on-site protocol;

Role Requirement 3
Teamwork & Networking

  • To work collaboratively with team members and other units within Better Start and Pobal;
  • To participate in activities which may fall outside of normal working hours as required, e.g. Training, Staff Meetings etc.
  • Support all staff and engage in a good staff team;
  • Actively participate and contribute as a team-member with colleagues in Better Start, Pobal and other agencies as required;
  • Work co-operatively with DCEDIY, HSE or Tusla professionals and others on site as required to support the children and families;

Role Requirement 4
Information & Administration

  • Complete and maintain records pertaining to the role;
  • Ensure all administration back-up and support on progress is kept updated by maintaining all relevant systems;
  • Provide periodic progress updates to the Team Leader;
  • Review, develop and maintain efficient and effective administrative and information systems;
  • Participate in and assist in the organisation of special events, visits and any other activities required;
  • Participate in external evaluation of the service;

Required Experience
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience of working with children of varied ages in a paid and/or voluntary role.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of play in promoting children social and emotional development
  • Demonstrate experience of working with children with their family and parents.
  • Understanding and experience of social inclusion and
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Experience of inter-agency working with children and families
  • Proficient in MS packages e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook coupled with programme databases, SharePoint portals
  • Knowledge of working in areas of social and economic disadvantage.
  • Knowledge of inclusive and/or trauma informed practice or play therapy
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Qualifications in social care, education, early childhood education, youth work or equivalent on the National Framework or equivalent experience in one or more of these disciplines.
  • Applications from Ukrainian or Russian speakers welcome

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