School Age Childcare Practitioner

Drumkeen N.S. Co. Donegal F93TP03
15 – 25 p/w
Smart Steps
April 30, 2021

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Job Description

Due to ongoing expansion, we are seeking suitably qualified persons to join our growing team across our services in the following roles:

School Aged Childcare (SAC) Practitioners


Drumkeen N.S. Drumkeen, Co. Donegal

Stramore N.S. Gleann Domhain, Churchill, Co. Donegal

Weekly Hours: 15 – 25 hrs p/w  (additional hours available over school holidays)

Salary: €11.30 – €12.50 ph Neg. D.O.E

The School Aged Childcare (SAC) Practitioner works as part of a team and supports the Supervisor / Manager in the day to day running of the setting.

Their role is to ensure the smooth operation of the service on a daily basis and to fully engage with the children and families attending the setting, by responding to the interests, ideas and abilities of all children and by building positive relationships with the families availing of the service, the staff team, the school personnel and the wider community.

The Duties of the SAC Practitioner Include:

• Ensuring a welcoming, friendly, child-led service is provided for children of the community each day.

• Building positive and supportive relationships with the children and families availing of the service.

• Careful observation of children to identify their needs and interests without interference, and to provide for children’s interests through the planning of activities and requesting of resources.

• Careful management of confidential information when it is presented or required in line with the organisations Confidentiality policy and GDPR regulations

• Working with the Manager to develop daily, weekly and monthly offered activity plans.

• Assisting the Manager with risk identification, assessments and development of strategies to manage risk.

• Reporting of any incidents or concerns to the Organisation and / Manager

• Regular participation in Supervision and Support sessions.

• Developing positive relationships with the Teachers and staff of the school and with the wider community

• Keeping accurate logs of attendance, cleaning schedules and medications

• Representing the Organisation by phone and in person as required.

• Stock taking and reporting supply shortages

• Assisting with the preparation and serving of meals and snacks

• Working with the whole staff team to ensure a thoroughly clean environment is maintained.

• Participating in continuous professional development courses and other courses as per the request of the Manager or the needs of the service / individual.

• Other duties may be required to be undertaken from time to time, in line with the needs and demands of the setting and / or Smart Steps

Qualifications Required

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience Criteria for Consideration of this Post:

• Qualification to a minimum of QQI Level 5 / NVQ Level 2 in Early Childhood Education and Care, Playwork or a related discipline.

• Minimum of 2 years’ experience post qualification working with specifically with Children of school age.

• Fluent in English with excellent aural, verbal and written communication skills.

• Highly developed observation skills

• Good command of the Irish Language and / or any developed creative or athletic hobbies / interests are advantageous.

• Certification in Child Protection, Fire Safety, HACCP & First Aid are desirable – however training will be provided.

Person Specification:

• Professional, friendly and approachable manner with the ability to engage with people from diverse backgrounds

• Passionate about the development and well-being of children of all ages.

• Dedicated to facilitating a wholly child-led environment to support children, families and the wider community.

• Committed to providing a service of the highest standard through research and continuous professional development

• A team player with a strong focus working together with the whole staff team to achieve the best possible outcomes for all

• Highly reliable with a positive attitude and a good work ethic.

• Ability to prioritise tasks and work with flexibility in a fast paced and changeable environment

Applicants must be in a position to satisfy Garda vetting requirements.

Experience Required

• Minimum of 2 years’ experience post qualification working with specifically with Children of school age.

Further Information

How to Apply

To apply for this position, interested parties are asked to submit the following:

1. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae

2. Accompanying cover letter outlining relevant experience to date and suitability for the post

3. 2 x written character references – other references may be sought at a later stage

Please send all of the above for the attention of Mrs Rebecca Fleury via email only to entering ‘SAC Practitioner Application’ in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 6pm Friday 30th April.

Interviews will take place on Saturday 8th May.

Smart Steps is an equal opportunities employer.

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