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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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We seek to employ a Playwork Manager to run one of our sites at St Therese of Lisieux PS.

You must have level 5 in either CCLD or Playwork, be a qualified nurse, teacher or social worker.  Otherwise we will accept applications from people who hold level 3 who have supervisory experience and who are willing to enrol on our level 5 programme on commencing employment.

Note hours of work are 8-9am and 2pm-6pm term time.  Hours vary during school holidays to average 25-30 hours per week.

For more information or to submit an application via CV please email careers@sleepyhollowgroup.com

Apply

We are looking for enthusiastic playworkers to work on our sites in Glengormley, Newtownabbey and Upper Antrim Road Areas.

Must be qualified to level 2 and be available to work from 2-6pm each afternoon term time only.

Email CV to careers@sleepyhollowgroup.com

Apply

We are seeking relief staff to work in all of our facilities – would suit student teachers, playworkers, childcare practitioners, social workers .  Hours of work can either be 2-6 or 3-6 and you dont need to be available all five afternoons – so long as we know a set day/days each week you are free.

Drop up an email to careers@sleepyhollowgroup.com

 

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