Dublin 7 School Completion Programme: Doodle Den Facilitators

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The Dublin 7 School Completion Programme is seeking to recruit a Panel of facilitators for an exciting literacy programme for Senior Infants in the Dublin 7 area. Doodle Den is an after-school programme that aims to improve children’s overall literacy skills. The programme runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during the academic year for one and a half hours per day between the hours of 1.15 pm and 3.30 pm. Doodle Den is co-facilitated by a Community Facilitator and a Teacher Facilitator.

The following positions are to be filled in September:

Teacher / Community Facilitator- part time

Community Facilitator- part time, maternity cover

A panel will be formed for relief cover and to fill other vacancies which may arise.

Job Descriptions

Position: Facilitator for Doodle Den

Responsible to: Doodle den Coordinator (SCP)
Hourly Rate: 31.63 euro per hour

Job Purpose:

To facilitate Doodle Den for Senior Infant children in a manner that is responsive to the needs of children and families, following the Doodle Den Manual.

Duties and responsibilities

Child Contact:

  • Co-facilitating all the sessions of the literacy programme ensuring fidelity of service delivery to the Doodle Den Manual
  • Organising the learning environment and materials as per the manual
  • Ensuring the provision of one healthy snack daily
  • To follow up non-attendance of participants and identify any supports required for participants to attend
  • 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 First', the National Child Protection Guidelines
  • Liaising with and making referrals to other agencies and groups.

Family Contact:

  • Planning and implementing family days
  • Co-facilitating the parent component of the programme, which comprises of at least six sessions with a maximum of 12 sessions over the programme year to facilitate all parents to attend
  • Contacting parents and engaging with parents in order to achieve the aims of the service, including follow-up with non-attendees

Professional responsibilities:

  • Actively participating in termly communities of Practice for Doodle Den
  • Complete weekly planning and reflective tools
  • Attending supervision and team meetings
  • Complete appropriate records re: attendance, referrals, assessment etc.
  • Adhere to finance procedures.
  • Any other duties as requested.
  • The post is for a sessional position, 7 hours per week, an additional 21.5 hours per year to facilitate parent and family sessions and attendance at communities of practice meetings will also be required.
  • This job description will be reviewed from time to time in line with the needs of the work.


  • Mandatory training in facilitating the Doodle Den Preogramme will be provided. There is an initial day and half training with some further training through the year. Training for the programme is paid at a flat rate of 200 euro.

Person specifications

Below are details of the qualification requirements for each facilitator:

Community/Youth Worker Qualifications:

  • To have a Third Level in Social Care/Youth Work or in exceptional circumstances a FETAC Level 6 in a relevant area OR a Third level qualification in Early Years Education


  • A minimum of three years experience of working with children and families in group work /family support settings
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Experience of establishing contacts and networking with other agencies and groups
  • Ability to keep records and appropriate documentation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and work closely with an interdisciplinary team
  • Experience engaging with parents
  • Experience working with children aged 5-6

Teacher Facilitator


  • A Degree in Primary School Education/ Montessori Teaching Qualification


  • A minimum of three years’ experience of working with children and families in education
  • Experience in teaching senior infant classes preferred
  • Experience of establishing contacts and networking with other agencies and groups
  • Ability to keep records and appropriate documentation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and work closely with an interdisciplinary team
  • 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


  • Initiative, flexibility, ability to work cooperatively and to be a self-starter. Commitment to evidence-based practice and openness to new ways of working.
  • Competency in ‘soft skills’ including the ability to provide an open and welcoming environment to marginalized students and their families
  • Strong communication skills

Please Note that as this is a literacy programme a high standard of English is required.

The Closing Date for applications is Friday 16th August at 5pm. Interviews will take place in the last week of August. The successful candidates will be appointed subject to garda vetting and reference checks..

Application is by attached appilcation form. CVs will not be accepted. Completed aaplication forms should be sent by email only to the Co-ordinator: dublin7doodleden@gmail.com


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