We are looking for a Facilitator in Integrated Childcare provision at the Mother House Studios in Catford, Lewisham
Facilitator in Integrated Childcare provision at the Mother House Studios in Catford, Lewisham
Salary: 21K - 23k PA (pro-rata, depending upon experience and qualifications)
An enhanced DBS check is required before an interview.
Hours: 35h a week, Mon-Friday 10 am - 4 pm
We will be considering part-time (job share) and full-time applications. Please specify your availability in your email.
Context and purpose of job:
Under the umbrella of Procreate Project, the Mother House Studios is a pioneering model, a creative solution to a proven lack of viable provision that sufficiently supports professional artists during pregnancy and motherhood/parenthood.
The model is based on integration, offering a working space, a dedicated and open plan laboratory for artists to work, and an interconnected, inspiring space, dedicated to children who have the freedom to move between the two rooms.
The responsibility is shared between childcare facilitators and mothers/parents, all jointly responsible for hands-on care work. The working space is open and a communal kitchen allows time for aggregation and space to find group strategies and inspiration to further maintain a sustainable integration of life and work practices.
The person we are looking for is a creative individual with a passion for child-centered education based on play and creativity. They would be willing to embark in an innovative model and be an inspiring presence for the children. Experience in both childcare settings and the arts are preferable.
The facilitator will be providing an emotionally secure, warm, stimulating and safe environment, appropriate to the needs of individual children and their mothers/parents, within the Mother House's spaces.
Read more about our ethos here
The facilitator of the Mother House Studios children's room will be working in partnership with the Studio Manager. They will be expected to have open communication and a collaborative approach with the Studio Manager and the Procreate Project directors to ensure that a smooth establishment of the principles and facilitation of the integration between work and play space is created.
- To provide and set up play areas, materials, and equipment;
- To plan a stimulating range of age-appropriate activities and ensuring the childcare area is well resourced and creatively set-up;
- To act as a key person for a group of children as allocated by the management team, ensuring attachment bonds are respected and enhanced;
- To build relationships with the children's mothers or carers;
- To encourage children's independence and self-esteem;
- To encourage fair and caring behavior among the children through role modeling;
- To ensure your specific duties regarding Health and Safety and fire procedures are understood and respected;
- Managing support staff effectively (management and training), providing new ideas, and leading the practice with empathy;
- Giving out refreshments according to specific needs in collaboration with the mothers/parents;
- Dealing with injuries and emergencies in collaboration with the mothers/parents;
- Keep records of children's attendance, children's general performances and activities realised;
- To create an inspiring setting;
- To oversee the play area at all times also during free play time frames;
- To Report to the Mother House Studio managers if any issues are occurring.
What you are NOT expected to do:
Accompany children in the working space (Children are expected to independently reach the working areas or be assisted by someone from the volunteer team when necessary)
Relevant experience of minimum 5 years in working with children in an educational or creative setting
High degree of integrity and empathy when dealing with children and they caregivers
Ability to use play and art as a way to communicate with children
Able to plan and provide age-appropriate activities and how to foster creativity in children
Able to observe, assess and track children’s learning & development
Excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills
Able to support and develop other team members
Strong organisational skills
Suitable to work with young children
Knowledge of attachment theory and how to facilitate child-carer relationship
Knowledge of art and how to foster creativity in children
Knowledge of child-centered practices based on play
Knowledge of Reggio Emilia approach
Health & Safety
Supporting children with SEN
For more information and to apply please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 26th of September 2021, including your CV and cover letter, specifying why you are ideal for the job post.
Interviews will be held on the week of the 27th of September 2021, for immediate training and start in October.