Jack and Jill Pre School

Deputy Childcare Lead Little Ark (2 & 3 year olds)

Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3JY

Main Duties:


  • Motivate and stimulate children’s learning and development in the Little Ark
  • Provide care and offer an appropriate level of support to children providing them with a secure and stimulating environment in the Little Ark
  • Organise and make imaginative use of learning resources in the Little Ark
  • Assist as Deputy with the overall management of the Little Ark in the absence of the Lead
  • Liaise and support parent/carers of children attending the Little Ark
  • Be involved and attend Parent Evenings
  • Attend Pre-school Management meetings when directed by Managing director
  • Attend EYPS or similar networking meetings (if applicable)
  • Together with the Little Ark Childcare Lead and MD plan, implement and review the curriculum within the EYFS
  • Work as a Key Person and maintain children’s Wow books in the Little Ark
  • Liaise with outside agencies in relation to Key children


  • Effectively supporting the Little Ark Childcare Lead and staff team
  • In the absence of the Childcare Lead, lead staff planning and key person meetings in the Little Ark
  • In the absence of the Childcare Lead, be responsible for the supervision of staff, trainees and volunteers within the Little Ark, offering support and guidance
  • In the absence of the Childcare Lead, be involved in staff recruitment and line management of staff in the Little Ark

Health and Safety:

  • Ensure the health and safety of all children and staff are maintained, acting appropriately in an emergency situation ensuring that the safety and wellbeing of the children is paramount at all times
  • In the absence of the MD, Deputy Manager and childcare Lead, ensure all security and safety systems are operational having shared responsibility with the Ark Deputy


  • Comply with all OFSTED requirements
  • Implement policies and procedures of the Pre-school
  • Develop the Pre-school free from prejudice and without discrimination in line with equal opportunities and current legislation
  • Create a stimulating and happy learning environment
  • Develop and maintain the Pre-school high standard of care in line with Best Practice


  • Previous experience of working with under 5’s
  • Knowledge and experience of EYFS
  • Lead confidently
  • Motivate and inspire staff and children
  • Share knowledge with staff and lead by example
  • Plan and schedule own work and prioritise
  • Be creative and imaginative whilst creating a stimulating environment
  • Work on own initiative and meet deadlines
  • Delegate to team members and work as a team
  • Manage pressure and prioritise tasks
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Flexibility on working arrangements i.e. sick/holiday cover
  • Reliability and honesty
  • A good standard of personal presentation
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written
  • Tact, discretion and respect confidentiality
  • To have a sense of fun

Desirable Requirements:

  • Previous experience in a Lead role
  • Qualified at Early Years Professional Status or Qualified Early Years
  • Current Paediatric First Aid
  • Enhanced DBS

Essential Qualifications/skills:

  • Full and relevant Level 3 qualification or above in Early Years
  • Previous experience of working/caring for under 5’s
  • The ability to lead others and take responsibility for planning delivery of the EYFS curriculum
  • Enthusiastic, hardworking and able to work in a close knit and supportive team
  • A thorough understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding

Desirable Qualifications/skills:

  • Level 5 or above in Early years
  • Current DBS certificate with Updates
  • Current Paediatric First Aid qualification
  • Current Child Protection qualification

Contract, Benefits & Pay:

Full time: 40 hours per week – one day off per week
Rate of Pay: Excellent rates of pay depending on qualifications and experience
Benefits: A share of the annual profits, long service awards, sick pay, pension contributions, 25% discount on staff childcare costs.

Download an application form at:
and email to manager@jackandjillpre-school.co.uk

The position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found