Executive Head – Early Education & Childcare

BS3 Community Development are seeking to appoint an Executive Head of Early Education & Childcare.

We are looking for an inspirational leader to motivate our team and guide them to maintain our high standards. For the right person with good communications skills, this can be a truly rewarding job as you see the differences you make in the lives of the children we care for.


The Head of Early Education and Childcare is responsible for the management, performance, and strategic development of the organisation’s Early Education & Childcare services across our two sites

Full day nursery provision for 108 children
Term-time nursery class provision for 30 children
Out-of-school services for 60 children
Plus selected smaller projects and drop-in groups.

The role is part of the organisation’s Senior Management Team; who together work at a strategic level to support the development and direction of the charity as a whole.

N.B. An Enhanced DBS check will be required for this role. In addition the trustees will conduct a suitability check prior to appointment.

Strategic Development:

The Head of Early Education and Childcare is responsible for taking a lead role in organisational and service development, through:

– Developing and reinforcing the pedagogical approach of Early Education & Childcare (EE&C) provision and championing continuous improvement of practice.

– Leading the development of effective business models, to ensure the structure of EE&C services continually responds appropriately to both opportunities and threats.

– Adopting a reflective and open-minded approach to leadership with the objective of maximising the potential of existing resources, infrastructure and personnel.

– Actively identifying opportunities which could support the continued development of the quality and sustainability of the Early Education & Childcare services.

– Maintaining and further developing BS3 Community’s strong reputation for quality of EE&C services. Sharing best practice and networking to build productive relationships with key local and national professionals and organisations.

– Responsibility for contributing to the annual budget for EEC.

– Leading a strategic approach to continuous monitoring and self-evaluation of the organisation’s work with children and families, so that policy and practice can be systematically reviewed and improved.

– Effectively utilising data, research, evaluations and guidance to plan for development and improve outcomes for children and families.

– Developing, a positive and inclusive culture, which encourages learning, creativity, and a sense of community.

– Work as part of the Senior Management Team (SMT) to; develop and manage the charity, identify community needs and opportunities and determine and achieve priorities, targets and strategies, particularly as agreed through the organisational Business Plan.

Compliance & Operations:

The Head of Early Education and Childcare is accountable for ensuring:

– Compliance with statutory requirements and agreed codes of practice at all times; including the EYFS statutory requirements and the FEEE code of practice.

– Robust safeguarding systems in place in accordance with local and national policies including promoting a safe culture for raising concerns including whistle blowing.

– Appropriate systems, policies, structures and frameworks are in place, and implemented, for the efficient, high quality and consistent operation of all services across their relevant sites.

Other Key Responsibilities:

1. Work with others to communicate with the service users, families, community members and other stakeholders about the initiatives and projects that BS3 Community is involved in.

2. Contribute ideas and actively participate to ensure an effective and positive working environment and strong, community-owned, sustainable organisation.

3. Where appropriate, to be a key holder and responsible person for BS3 Community buildings.

4. Act as an Ambassador for BS3 Community plus undertake all work, to a high professional, ethical and moral standard.

5. Work within BS3 Community policies and procedures and uphold its ethos and core values.

6. Some evenings and occasional weekend work are expected.


1. As a Senior Manager within BS3 Community you are expected to be flexible in your work in order to fulfil the needs of the charity and achieve agreed goals.

2. This job description is not exhaustive and will be reviewed, in consultation with the post holder, from time-to-time and amended in the light of the changing needs of the charity.

3. BS3 Community operates a system of regular performance reviews, which includes an Annual Performance Evaluation where the Job Description, progress against objectives and targets and overall performance in the post.

What We Can Offer:

• A friendly supportive team
• Continued professional development
• Training events
• A competitive salary
• The opportunity to participate in a pension scheme
• Shut down over Christmas
• And much more

*We are an equal opportunities employer promoting value and respect whilst embracing diversity. However, due to the nature of the role the successful applicant must be able to undertake and provide a clear enhanced DBS check and satisfactory referencing.

Education & Training (E = Essential; D = Desirable):

• Holds a graduate level qualification, recognised on the EYFS Qualification list (E)
• Holds QTS, EYPS or another relevant post-graduate level qualification (D)
• Evidence of participation in on-going professional development related to: (D)
• Early Years Education
• Playwork
• Leadership & Management

Skills & experience:

• Experience of managing and leading provision for children and families (E)
• Experience of managing budgets and resources (E)
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a related field (E)
• Strong commercial understanding (E)
• Experience of recruitment and HR (D)
• Able to present effectively to groups (D)
• Able to develop and maintain positive working partnerships with other organisations across statutory, voluntary, commercial and university sectors (D)
• Previous experience of successfully managing development projects (D)
• Experience of working in commercial and/ or third sector provision (D)


• Knowledge of statutory requirements and legislation related to operating OFSTED registered provision (E)
• Knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches in Early Years Education & Care and Playwork (E)
• Knowledge of government funding for Early Education, particularly Free Early Education Entitlement (D)
• Knowledge of BS3 Community Development (D)
• Knowledge of the BS3 postcode area of Bristol (D)
• Knowledge related to research in early years (D)

Personal attributes & competencies:

• Excellent leadership skills (E)
• Excellent communication skills (E)
• Able to develop a vision and enthuse, motivate and inspire others to achieve this. (E)
• Able to demonstrate a whole-hearted commitment to the vision and values of BS3 Community (E)
• Consistent and fair approach (E)
• Honesty, reliability and flexibility (E)
• High level of professionalism (E)
• A real interest in working within the charitable sector (D)

Days/ hours: 37.5 hours per week
Rate of pay: £40,000
Closing date: Applications due by the 18th of October

Application process:Please send an email to hr@bs3commuity.org.uk to request and application pack.

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