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In this blog we are posting news from around the network, reflections on general news items and other broad-ranging items of interest. Current contributors are Sightlines Initiative directors Robin Duckett, Liz Elders, Debi Keyte Hartland and Chris Merrick.
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Advertisement: Deputy Manager, Girotondo Preschool

"We are looking for a passionate, dedicated individual to take the deputy manager/lead educator role in this new, 20 place, Reggio inspired nursery based in Chiswick, London. Our aim is to provide a space for children, educators and families working together in a stimulating environment through multidisciplinary enquiry projects. We are dedicated to the ongoing development of all staff, and the person we are looking for will be a reflective, responsive individual who constantly seeks challenge and innovation.

Main responsibilities

  • To be responsible with the owner/manager for the day-to-day running of the nursery, ensuring compliance with registration and legislative requirements at all times.
  • To prepare the nursery for Ofsted, ensuring that the nursery meets and exceeds the OFSTED requirements, those set out in the EYFS, and remains up to date with all childcare requirements.
  • To take responsibility as SENCO and deputy designated lead for child protection.
  • Take part in regular meetings with owner/manager to ensure the smooth running of the nursery.
  • To contribute and participate in the development of new ideas, supporting the staff team in the implementation of our approach and taking a lead in documenting learning.
  • To lead assessment, recording, reporting responsibilities consistent with the nurseries approach.
  • To be a key holder for the nursery.


Skills /knowledge

Essential

  • Understand the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Management/ leadership qualification such as Foundation Degree / EYP status
  • NNEB, NVQ3 or Equivalent
  • Excellent knowledge of The Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Knowledge of Ofsted National Standards and Outcomes
  • DBS / Clean criminal record
  • Minimum 2 years managerial experience
  • SENCO training
  • Paediatric first aid training


Desirable Requirements

  • Work experience in a Reggio inspired school
  • Participation in Reggio Study Week
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate

Full time, salary £25K, 20 days holiday plus bank holidays. The nursery will be closed for one week over Christmas.

Please sent a CV and covering letter to Elisa Forestan-Barnes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  

Applicants will also need to provide the names of two referees. Closing date Friday March 16th."

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Seeking an early years educator - the American School in London

One of the International Schools of our network is looking for an educator:

"We are looking for an assistant teacher who is excited to learn more about the Reggio philosophy and who wants to work with 4 and 5 year olds in a joyful, play based environment.

We are an American International School with students from 4 to 18 years of age.In Kindergarten (Reception and Year 1) we believe learning through playful inquiry is the foundation for intellectual, physical, and social and emotional growth. Inspired by Reggio Emilia and The Project Approach, we value children's natural curiosity and inclination to explore the world around them. The picture shows some work the children did on a project about Sound...they were making up ways to represent a composition using various percussion instruments and with a picture as a provocation."

ASL are making a real focus on their professional development at the moment, with all of the team having been to Reggio (or coming this April) and the core early years team are participating in our Skylight programme this year. It could be a very exciting school to join, at this point!

You will find their application form here (Lower School Assistant Teacher), and you'll also be able to read more about the school on their site, through the link.

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Wanted: a Pedagogical Leader

The Children's Garden, Stamford, one of the nurseries in our network, is seeking a pedagogical leader to join them in developing their practice. Do please pass it on to anyone you feel may be interested and suitable: Here is their call:

PEDAGOGICAL LEADER/DEVELOPER

The Children's Garden Day Nursery and Montessori Pre-School, Stamford, Lincs, 

"We believe that if Maria Montessori was alive today, that she would have taken further her knowledge and research. Her ideas that the environment was the third teacher – a prepared environment, and that children are born with innate gifts and resources to create themselves may well have led to profound change which would reflect the practices taking place in the Reggio Emilia area of Italy today.

We are a nursery daycentre committed to developing our understanding and practice, recently inspired by the work of Reggio Emilia's preschools, and have launched into the excitement of change through a recent Sightlines 'Developing Environments of Enquiry' course.

It is our hope to develop our own pedagogy with an experienced and inspirational leader who can help to move us into deeper thinking and understanding about this approach.

The right candidate will have extensive experience about the Reggio Emilia approach, be confident in delivering staff development and training, and be experienced particularly in working with children under five. We are in the early stages of our journey so we're looking for someone with a mature approach who is able introduce new ways of working with sensitivity and patience. A knowledge of Montessori would be helpful. Salary to be discussed based on experience and expectation of delivery.

You can read more about us online:  https://stamford.tcgnursery.co.uk/ 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring  01780 752094"


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