Regional Early Years Co-Ordinator

Respond! Housing Association
Employment Type
€50,000 - €55,000 per annum
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Terms: Fixed-Term Contract    

Job Location: Dublin /North East

Hours: 39 Hours Monday – Friday

Salary: €50-55,000

Department: Early Learning & School Age Care (ELSAC)

Reporting to: National Early Years Education Manager


*The full use of a car and a full, clean driving licence is essential.


The Regional Years Co-ordinator will support and assist the National Manager in the nationwide delivery and development of Early Learning & School Age care services. The role will report directly to the National Early Years Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the further development and expansion of Respond national delivery of Early Years education services.


  • Work closely with the National Manager and Regional team in the development and implementation of ELSAC National Policy/strategies and Respond organisational goals.
  • Directly supervise and mentor a number of Early Learning & School-age services in a defined geographical area
  • Mentor and monitor continuous enhancement of quality practices across services and the department by ensuring that the core elements of the national practice guidance contained in Siolta, the National Quality Framework, Aistear and the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework are implemented.
  • Build relationships with and represent Respond to various external bodies, groups and agencies, including community, statutory, private and funding bodies.
  • Carry out staff professional supervision and team development programmes
  • Promote continuous professional development.
  • To promote financially sustainable service provision through carrying out quarterly sustainability reviews for services directly supervising to ensure capacity levels and maximum opportunities are maintained at all times.
  • Ensure that all Early Years services fully meet the standards required under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and any subsequent Childcare Regulations.
  • To review, update, write, contribute to and critique Respond ELSAC and related policies and procedures
  • To work closely with other department leads, in Family Support, Housing, Human Resources, Finance etc., to ensure close coordination and alignment of organisational goals and strategy
  • To be a Designated Liaising person under Responds Child Safeguarding Procedure for service which they line manage.
  • Insure all information and data is collected, stored, managed, monitored and accessed in according to relevant policies and procedures and best practices.
  • Risk management, Health and Safety
  • Build, support and mentor a culture of compliance through internal audits, onsite mentoring and monitoring programmes  
  • Coordinate and deliver quality workshops to enhance and strengthen best practices across the department
  • Monitor the compliance of fire and health and safety legislation and standards through monthly site visits and internal audits.
  • Any other duties within the general requirement of this job description which may be required from time to time.



  • A relevant 3rd level qualification (L8) is essential
  • A relevant post-graduate qualification is desirable


  • A minimum of five years working in the not-for-profit Early Learning & School-age sector
  • A minimum of three years management experience in the early year’s sector
  • Proven track record in the development of Tusla-approved Early Years & School Age Sector
  • Proven track record in the development, implementation and evaluation of Early Years policies & procedures
  • Experience of accessing appropriate funding streams for the establishment and operation of Childcare Facilities
  • Experience of social inclusion issues


  • Human Resource
  • Relationship building with external stakeholders
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Communication- presentation
  • Excellent administration skills


  • Best national and international practices and models of Early Years education
  • Current developments and innovation in the development and delivery of effective Early Years education interventions
  • Understanding of inter-disciplinary service delivery, i.e., family support, childcare, education
  • All relevant regulatory regimes as they relate to childcare and education providers, as an employer, company, charity and service provider
  • Understanding and appreciation of inspection processes, quality and standards frameworks, stakeholder expectations and compliance


  • Leadership ability
  • Strong communication skills
  • Team Player – ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong relationship-building and networking skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Advocacy skills


  • The full use of a car and driving licence is essential
  • Garda Vetting is required