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Why work for Sleepy Hollow Group?

Our primary aim is to create a professional working environment where we both endeavour to inspire and to be inspired by our colleagues. Sleepy Hollow Group is NI’s largest childcare providers and amongst our many awards and achievements we hold Investors in People accreditation amongst our most prized. Our achievements are only made possible by the staff who work for us. We therefore see staff as the most fundamental component of the services we offer.

Why work for Sleepy Hollow Group?

Our primary aim is to create a professional working environment where we both endeavour to inspire and to be inspired by our colleagues. Sleepy Hollow Group is NI’s largest childcare providers and amongst our many awards and achievements we hold Investors in People accreditation amongst our most prized. Our achievements are only made possible by the staff who work for us. We therefore see staff as the most fundamental component of the services we offer.

Looking after children is a very physically and emotionally demanding occupation and one that requires commitment and co-operation from everyone involved. We want staff who work for us to be recognised as industry professionals whether its as early years practitioners in our Day Nursery or playwork professionals in our afterschools facilities.  Each of our facilities is managed by a Senior, and sometimes Assistant Manager but other than their role in day to day management we rank all of our staff as equals so you wont be joining a hierarchy of assistants or room supervisors when you work for us. We believe that everyone working in a room or in a facility has a joint responsibility in the service delivery in their room or unit and in order to recognise the high level of work required in running our services we believe all of our staff need to be recognised as practitioners or professionals. We also feel that communication between staff and management is fundamental and that is why we establish a culture of investing in our most valuable asset, our staff. We hold regular staff meetings, staff supervisions and appraisals as well as opportunities for social events.

We understand that the role working with children is very challenging in terms of the physical, mental and emotional demands placed on you. Our overriding aim as an employer is to establish an environment which promotes staff loyalty, harmonious team work but also 100% commitment from everyone who works for us. Our ethos and our brand is extremely important to us.  We expect our staff to fully embrace our curriculums and our unique brand of childcare known as ‘sleepyhollowinspired’.

In the senior management team many of us belong to industry and sector committees such as Early Years Organisation, Playwork Education and Training Council NI, International Play Association NI, Day Care Forum, Reggio NI Community to name but a few. Through these involvments we are ensuring that we keep ourselves abreast of not only best practice but of new and innovative practice. We therefore see Continued Professional Development (CPD) as being one of the key components for staff who work for us – this starts with our own Level 1 qualification called ‘Sleepy Hollow Inspired’ to ensure all staff who join us have an understanding of our ethos from the outset. We also have our own database of qualifications which all staff will undertake as part of their induction programme such as basic food hygiene, health and safety, data protection etc. We also ensure that all staff attend Safeguarding training annually as well as Paediatric First Aid on a three yearly cycle. Some of our staff training has involved some team members going on conferences to Italy, England and across Ireland.

We have our own trainee management programme which staff can apply to join after completing level 3 qualifications – this is to allow staff to progress to level 5 in either CCLD or Playwork whilst gaining managerial experience with us.  We normally open this programme up at least once a year – quite often twice.

Current Vacancies

We only accept CV’s when we have vacancies arising.  See the current vacancies list below (if there are none at present check back in regularly – we are a growing company with over 100 staff so we normally have openings on a monthly or bi-monthly basis)

 

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SENCO Co-ordinator

Location: Belfast BT3 (with travel between branches)

Hours: Up to 12.5 hours per week, (term time only can be facilitated)

Job Description:

Sleepy Hollow Group, a leading childcare, playwork and early years organisation, is seeking a dedicated and passionate Special Educational Needs (SEN) Practitioner to join our team. As an SEN Practitioner, you will play a vital role in assisting and guiding staff in supporting children with special educational needs within our settings, as well as being the SEN link with parents and pre-schools and schools. We are committed to providing specialist training to ensure our team members are equipped to meet the unique needs of the children under our care.

Key Responsibilities:

– Provide assistant to staff in preparing individualised support to children with special educational needs, ensuring their physical, emotional, and educational well-being.
– Collaborate with parents, caregivers, and other professionals to develop and implement personalised learning and / or play plans for children with SEN.
– Adapt and modify strategies and resources to meet the diverse learning requirements of children with SEN.
– Foster an inclusive and supportive environment that promotes the participation and engagement of all children.
– Monitor and track the progress of children with SEN, regularly assessing their development and adjusting interventions as needed.
– Work closely with the wider team, to ensure a holistic approach to child development.
– Attend very occasional afternoon meetings or provide consultation online through zoom on occasional afternoons, which may be conducted remotely from home.

Qualifications and Experience:

– Previous experience working with children with special educational needs is highly desirable.
– Knowledge of SEN principles, strategies, and interventions is beneficial.
– Experience in a pre school (PSEP), Sure Start, Eager and Able to Learn would be advantageous
– A genuine passion for working with children and a commitment to their well-being and development.
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with parents, colleagues, and external stakeholders.
– Flexibility and adaptability to work across different settings within the Sleepy Hollow Group.
– The ability to commute between settings and attend occasional afternoon meetings or consultations.

Beach and Forest School Leader

Location: Holywood (with occasional travel between settings)

Hours: 12.5 hours per week, mornings (hours can be extended), full-year round post

Job Description:

Sleepy Hollow Group, a leading childcare and early years organisation, is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Beach and Forest School Leader to join our team. As a Beach and Forest School Leader, you will have the unique opportunity to engage children in outdoor education and promote their connection with nature. We are committed to providing specialist training to ensure our team members are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver engaging and educational sessions in beach and forest environments.

Key Responsibilities:

– Plan and deliver engaging and educational beach and forest school sessions for children, fostering their curiosity, exploration, and appreciation for the natural environment.
– Lead and supervise children during outdoor activities, ensuring their safety and well-being at all times.
– Adapt and modify activities to meet the diverse learning needs and abilities of children.
– Encourage children to develop their problem-solving skills, resilience, and teamwork through hands-on experiences in nature.
– Foster a sense of environmental stewardship and promote sustainable practices among children.
– Collaborate with parents, caregivers, and other professionals to provide feedback on children’s progress and development in outdoor settings.
– Attend occasional afternoon meetings or provide consultation on occasional afternoons, which may be conducted remotely from home.

Qualifications and Experience:

– Previous experience in outdoor education, forest school, or a related field is highly desirable.
– Passion for nature, the outdoors, and promoting children’s connection with the natural world.
– Knowledge of child development and the ability to adapt activities to meet the needs of children of different ages and abilities.
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with children, parents, and colleagues.
– Ability to commute between settings and attend occasional afternoon meetings or consultations.
– Flexibility to work mornings and potential for extended hours as needed.

Application Process:

If you are interested in this rewarding role, please submit your CV to hr@sleepyhollowgroup.com confirming which role you are applying for on or before 5 January. We kindly ask that you include a brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you are interested in joining our team.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further consideration.

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for considering Sleepy Hollow Group as your next career opportunity.

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Job Title: Beach and Forest School Leader

Location: Holywood (with occasional travel between settings)

Hours: 12.5 hours per week, mornings (hours can be extended), full-year round post

Job Description:

Sleepy Hollow Group, a leading childcare and early years organisation, is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Beach and Forest School Leader to join our team. As a Beach and Forest School Leader, you will have the unique opportunity to engage children in outdoor education and promote their connection with nature. We are committed to providing specialist training to ensure our team members are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver engaging and educational sessions in beach and forest environments.

Key Responsibilities:

– Plan and deliver engaging and educational beach and forest school sessions for children, fostering their curiosity, exploration, and appreciation for the natural environment.
– Lead and supervise children during outdoor activities, ensuring their safety and well-being at all times.
– Adapt and modify activities to meet the diverse learning needs and abilities of children.
– Encourage children to develop their problem-solving skills, resilience, and teamwork through hands-on experiences in nature.
– Foster a sense of environmental stewardship and promote sustainable practices among children.
– Collaborate with parents, caregivers, and other professionals to provide feedback on children’s progress and development in outdoor settings.
– Attend occasional afternoon meetings or provide consultation on occasional afternoons, which may be conducted remotely from home.

Qualifications and Experience:

– Previous experience in outdoor education, forest school, or a related field is highly desirable.
– Passion for nature, the outdoors, and promoting children’s connection with the natural world.
– Knowledge of child development and the ability to adapt activities to meet the needs of children of different ages and abilities.
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with children, parents, and colleagues.
– Ability to commute between settings and attend occasional afternoon meetings or consultations.
– Flexibility to work mornings and potential for extended hours as needed.

Application Process:

If you are passionate about outdoor education and connecting children with nature, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your CV to hr@sleepyhollowgroup.com on or before 5 January. Kindly include a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you are interested in the Beach and Forest School Leader position at Sleepy Hollow Group.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further consideration.

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for considering Sleepy Hollow Group as your next career opportunity.

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