Dublin West Childcare & Learning Services: Early Years Quality Mentor

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Early Years Quality Mentor - Job Description

Post: Early Years Quality Mentor

Company: Dublin West Childcare & Learning Services

Location: Head Office – Ace Enterprise Park, Bawnogue, Clondalkin

5 service locations based in Clondalkin, Lucan & Tallaght

Hours:  35 hrs per week (excluding breaks)

Flexibility is required.

Responsible to:  General Manager

Purpose: The role of the Quality Mentor is to work directly with the early year’s services to build their capacity to deliver high quality, inclusive early childhood care and education for children and families.

The work will be guided by the principles and standards of Síolta: The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear:

The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework & Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016:

Early Childhood Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF):

The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Charter Guideline for Early Childhood Care and Education:

CoRe (Report) Competence requirements in early Childhood Care and Education

Tusla Early Years Quality and Regulatory Framework

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures 2014- 2020

First 5 - A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028    

Primary Duties:

Quality of Pedagogy:

  • Enhance and develop the quality of the early year’s provision in each service through a range of supportive approaches including on-site visits, observation, advising, modelling and coaching in accordance with identified targets and outcomes
  • Support the early years services to develop and actively implement a range of policies and practices in alignment with Síolta and Aistear and the Early Childhood Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF).
  • Support staff in developing quality services that are underpinned by LINC and the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Charter Guideline for Early Childhood Care and Education.
  • Supporting LINC coordinators, staff and the project leader with reports and referrals i.e. observing the ability of each child, identifying any areas of concern, liaising with the Room Leaders/educators and Manager, as well as parents, in this regard
  • A working knowledge of the ECERS assessments
  • Engage and support service engagement with Síolta QAP
  • Research and development in line with national and international models of quality practices, philosophy and pedagogy.

Quality of Service:

  • Knowledge and information sharing, in and across services, supporting networks and clusters where appropriate.
  • Support and enhance the development of the core skills such as: self-evaluation and quality assessment, planning, and documenting practice.
  • Develop and ensure that action plans are relevant, current, regularly reviewed and updated and to meet the evolving situation of the early year’s setting in partnership with the project leader and manager.
  • Support staff in best practice in relation to governance and advising on how to build effective partnerships with parents and the wider community.
  • Supporting and advocating for student placements by liaising with colleges
  • Liaising with ABC development projects, family resource centres, Better Start, SDCCC, Barnardo’s, focus groups and other relevant stakeholders and organisations.
  • Work co-operatively with other support services within the education sector, the Child & Family Agency - Tusla, the Department of Education and Skills, the local City and County Childcare Committee, Voluntary Childcare Organisations and the community and voluntary sector as relevant to the role.
  • To play an active role within the Tusla inspection process
  • Supporting development and review of service policy and procedures.
  • Supporting and utilising funding opportunities and completing applications
  • To ensure consistency across all services

Information & Administration:

  • Complete and maintain records and reports 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 general Manager
  • 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.

Continuous Improvement

  • Participating in training relevant to the post and bringing evidence based best practice and concepts to the attention of the Manager and team.
  • Research, develop and implement best practices and standards to ensure quality Early Years Learning & Care
  • Discussing continuous improvements and quality of service at the monthly management meetings and implementing appropriate changes as agreed with the Manager.


Any other duties within the general requirements of the role that may be assigned as appropriate.

Qualifications & Experience

  • A Minimum third level qualification at Level 8 (or equivalent) on the National Framework of Qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care / or an equivalent professional qualification in a related profession
  • A Minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience of working in early years’ services, preferably in a supervisory or leadership role

** Please see the attached person specification for additional criteria required for the position.

This contract is a one year fixed-term contract. It may be extended, subject to funding and staffing requirements

Please forward your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability to the position.

Closing date for applications will be Monday the 22nd July 2019.

Interviews will be organised for Wednesday the 31st July 2019.

The selection Process Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview based on the criteria for the position as outlined in this job description and person specification.


Clondalkin, Dublin

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