Brent Children & Families Information Service Chesterfield House, 9 Park Lane, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 7RW 020 8937 3001 www.brent.gov.uk/childcare Childcare Job Vacancies Brent May 2010 Some tips on looking for work Job hunting 1. Find out which organisations in your local area provide the information. 2. Contact your local council and Job centres 3. Use the internet to search local authorities’ job and vacancies webpage. In Brent the web address is www.brent.gov.uk/jobs How to Write a Cover Letter for a Job Application Get the job you've always dreamed of by sending the perfect resume and cover letter. Your skills and experiences are impressive, so let your potential employers know by highlighting them in your job applications with perfect English writing. Achieve the highest level of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation in your cover letter for a job application First Paragraph - Why You Are Writing If someone you know referred you to a potential employer, be sure to mention it! Your reader will be encouraged to keep reading when s/he sees a name she recognizes. If you are writing in response to a job posting. Specify where you learned of the position and the title of the position. More importantly express your enthusiasm and the likely match between your credentials and position’s qualifications, for example, please accept my application for post of (Enter position applying for), I am confident that my background and experience with (.......) will prove to be a suitable match for your needs. If you are writing to inquire about a potential job opening or a prospecting letter, it is essential to write a strong paragraph that will capture your reader's attention. You must also be specific about what type of job you are seeking. Middle Paragraph(s) - What You Have to Offer The middle paragraphs are your place to shine. Here you should include 1-3 focused paragraphs that highlight why you are a good candidate for a job. Illustrate how your particular abilities match specific qualifications listed in the job posting; tell about your potential for fulfilling the employer's needs in a prospecting letter. In both cases, refer to particular skills you possess and details about the organization to show you've done your research. Describe your strengths, interest, achievements, and motivation. Also, refer your reader to your resume, but do not repeat word for word what's written there. Instead, add more details that highlight your experience. Closing Paragraph - How You Will Follow Up After you have interested your potential employer with the first paragraphs of your cover letter for a job application, indicate how you will be in contact. Be direct in expressing your interest in a job, and indicate that you will follow up with a phone call to schedule an appointment at a mutually convenient time. Then make the call within the time frame! In some cases phone calls are prohibited or not welcome, but you should at least check that your materials were received. The final and crucial last step in writing a cover letter for a job application is proofreading. Even with the most impressive skills set and experience, a cover letter with errors in spelling or English grammar will get you nowhere. An employer will doubt your intelligence and abilities if s/he reads a cover letter with mistakes. Writing a CV A curriculum vitae (CV) can be used when replying to adverts which say send full details or ask for a CV and when an organisation does not have an application form. Not all employers accept CVs but if you produce one, use the following tips. 1. Use good quality A4 paper. 2. Limit your CV to 2 pages. 3. Stick to the same format throughout. 4. It is optional to mention marital status, date of birth or nationality. 5. Highlight important information on the first page – this could be under skills or personal profile. 6. Present your employment history starting with your most recent job. 7. When describing your duties use action words such as achieved, organised, succeeded, managed, participated etc. 8. Do not leave any gaps – even if you have had a long time out of employment. You can include voluntary work and you can say you have been looking after your own children. 9. Do not fold the finished document. 10. Keep a copy and amend for each application as necessary. Application Forms Completing the application form is the first step of the selection process. The information you give will help the employer to decide whether to shortlist you for an interview. 1. Take a photocopy or print out the form to practise on. 2. Read through all sections of the form, particularly any instructions. If completing a paper form use black ink. 3. Read the job description – this outlines the main duties of the job. Think of what interests you in the job and why. 4. Read the person specification if there is one. This will tell you what qualifications, skills and abilities you need to do the job. 5. Write rough draft before you start filling in the form. 6. Make a list of things you are doing in your current job or have done which match these skills. Remember to add all relevant work experience including part time work in the Employment History section. 7. Use the list you have made to complete the supporting information 8. Finish with a brief summary of why you think you are suitable for this job. 9. Finally check your form for spelling and grammar. 10. Keep a copy of your completed form. 11. You will need to change your application to suit each job. Jobs in Childcare Title: Nursery Officers ( Baby Room – 6 Months to 18 Months) (Toddler Room – 18 Months to 30 Months) Organisation: Living Spring Montessori Location: Living Spring Montessori Nursery, St Michaels Church Hall, St Michaels Road, NW2 6XG Details: Reports to the Head of Room Main Purpose: To assist with the smooth running of the room by planning and implementing policies and procedures already set by the nursery. Work as an effective member of the team and ensure the health and safety of the children at all times. Create an atmosphere of fun, and happiness for the children. 1. To plan activities daily and weekly in the room and present work and play to children in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 2. To give support to other Officers and Assistants to provide high standards of care and education to the children. 3. To ensure all the Health and Safety policies and nursery policies and procedures are correctly implemented. Main Duties: To provide and maintain high quality care to the children in the room. To maintain high levels of hygiene in the room. To support and promote the emotional well being of the children at all times. To create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth and comfort to the children. To meet the basic needs of the children including feeding & and changing nappies. To keep observation records of children and give parents feedback daily. To plan weekly activities for the children and be responsible for implementing aspects of the planning. To share information with other team members on the progress of children in the room. To update the files of key children and liaise with their parents regularly, keeping them informed of their child’s progress. To contribute positive ideas to the work of the team and review and reflect on own practice regularly with the aim of improving the work we do with the children. To work as part of a team and co-operate with others in running a smooth and effective environment. To participate in daily walks and trips to the parks, local shops and other venues of fun and interest – no matter the weather. To participate in the sharing of duties such as preparing snacks for the children, tidying up lunch, breakfast and tea, tidying up the room to name a few. To participate and contribute to the weekly staff meeting in the room. To continuously develop yourself through ongoing learning and studies and bringing new ideas to the team. To work within the agreed code of practice within the nursery at all times. General conduct: To be punctual at all times. To be polite and use positive phrasing when within the school or around the children and other members of staff. To be neat tidy and appropriately dressed at all times. To switch off mobile phones during work time and not to use them in the classroom. To respect and maintain the school grounds inside and outside as a no smoking area. To remember to be a positive role model to the children at all times. To be a warm and genuinely pleasant person. Qualification and Experience Required: NVQ Level 3 minimum or Early Childhood Education Diploma or Degree. Minimum 2 years experience working in a childcare setting. Applicants must have good communication skills verbal and written. Flexibility and Warmth are both very important so is team spirit. Hours: 45 Hours a Week from 8am to 5pm or 8.30am to 5.30pm 9am to 6pm with one hour lunch break. Cost/Salary Salary will be dependent on ability, experience and qualification. Contact: Sade Biobaku-Odusanya on Tel: 0208 830 7331 Title: Early Years Educator Organisation: Hopscotch Under Fives Ltd Location: 215 Chevening Road, NW6 6DT Details: We are seeking for maternity cover vacancy for an Early Years Educator (6 months minimum possible a year) the ideal candidate needs to have an NVQ Level 3, NNEB or equivalent childcare qualification the position will be available from August 2010 the duties include key worker responsibility the applicants need to be fully aware of the Early Years Foundation Stage document, have good planning & profile writing skills as well as excellent childcare practitioner skills. The ideal candidate should have minimum 18 months previous experience of working in a childcare setting. We are an established OFSTED registered outstanding nursery based in Queens Park NW London with 23 years experience, we have a large team of excellent committed staff and the ideal candidate needs to be able to work as part of a highly motivated innovative team. All applications should be made by CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org the closing date for applications is 1st July 2010. Cost/Salary £17,000.00 per annum 37.5 hours per week with 5 weeks paid holidays (pro rata) Contact: Vivien Moxam on Tel: 020 8969 9792 Title: Manager Organisation: The Ascension pre-school Location: Church of the Ascension, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 9QL Details: Requires an Experienced Manager from September 2010 Hours: 9am-12.30pm Term Time only Must be at least NVQ 3 and with prior experience Email CV and cover letter to : email@example.com Cost/Salary Salary: £10,000.00-£12,000.00 per annum Contact: Laura on 07813599493 Title: Nursery Practitioner Organisation: All Saints Pre-School Location: Waltham Drive, Queensbury, Edgware, HA8 5PQ Details: We are seeking a reliable, enthusiastic, dynamic and committed person to work as early years practitioner, To work with age group – 2-5 years old. Opening hours (term time only): 8.30am – 1.00pm Knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Must have experience of weekly and long term planning Activities. To record the progress of individual children. The ideal candidate will hold a qualification in NVQ 2 or 3 in Childcare and at least one year experiences. Cost/Salary Hourly rate £6.00 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) Contact: Anula Goonawardana 07958 473 475 / 07985 284 498 / 020 8952 1365 Contact: Nursery Manager Organisation: Bright Beginnings Baby Unit Location: 66 Craven Park Road, The White House Challenge Close, London, NW10 4AE Details: Required to manage the day to day duties within the nursery. Qualifications required Early Years Diploma. Hours of work: full time Cost/Salary Depending on experience and qualification Details: Contact: Mr C Nurse (Tel: 07795490763) or firstname.lastname@example.org Title: Stay and Play Worker Organisation: Hopscotch Under Fives Ltd Location: 215 Chevening Road, NW6 6DT Details: Part time 9am to 2pm (25 hours per week). 5 weeks holiday plus bank holidays. Ideal candidate must be friendly out going approachable with relevant childcare. Qualification NNEB or NVQ Level 2. Must have the ability to work under their own initiative. Be able to manage their time and communicate effectively with both parents and children using the drop in centre. Cost/Salary Salary £9,360.00p.a £180 per week Contact: Email C.V to email@example.com Tel: 020 8969 9792 Title: Deputy Manager Organisation: Kidz Xtra Ltd Location: Brent Details: One post NVQ level 2 and NVQ level 3 Qualified at NVQ level 2 must have experience of working with 4 to 11 years old. Qualified at NVQ level 3 must have leadership skills and experience of working with 4 to 11 years old. The successful applicants will work as part of a term to deliver a high quality, caring and stimulating play environment for children within the club. These posts are subject to CRB checks Cost/Salary Depending on experience and qualification Contact: Samantha Lewin on 07545904574 Title: Nursery Practitioner Organisation: A Perfect Start Nursery Location: Stanley Avenue, Wembley, HA0 4JB Details: Required to opening and setting up the nursery everyday 51 weeks per year. Qualification required NVQ Level 2 or NVQ level 3. Must be confident with Early Years Foundation Stage. 7:30am start to 1:00pm Monday to Friday The successful candidate will be planning day to day activities for children age 18 months to 5 years old. Cost/Salary £6.00 per hour Contact: Mrs Lee- Simon on 07966 182606 Title: Nursery Nurse Organisation: Happy Stars Nursery. Location: St Andrews Parish Centre, St Andrews Road, NW10 2QS Details: We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated member of staff to join our well established team, already with the daily duties of the running of the nursery. The applicant must have at least N.V.Q level 2 or 3 and one year’s experience with age group of 1 year and 2 years old. The applicant must also have a full understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and be able to do observations, profiles and planning with support and have experience with being a key worker. Full job description available at interview Cost/Salary Negotiable depending on experience Details Contact: Joan 0208 459 1754 or 07900 266558 Contact: Nursery Assistant Organisation: Nursery Assistant (six months - 5 years) Full Time Location: Little Acorn Nursery Details: 1st Floor, Press House, Press Road, Neasden, NW10 0DW Cost/Salary Ofsted Report July 2009 rating “Good with Outstanding Features”. Details: Required to look after babies and children and assist with the general day to day activities. Gain invaluable experience working with babies, under 2’s and pre-school children. Qualifications required: NVQ2, DCE or BTEC. This post would also be suitable for gaining experience prior to NVQ 2/3 college course. Suitable candidates must be able to demonstrate a willingness to learn, and enjoy working with children, training will be given. Hours of work: 08:00am – 6:00pm (discuss rotas with the manager, long days can be accommodated Contact: Dependant on experience (above minimum wage) If you are looking for training in childcare, please contact Brent Children & Families Information Service on 020 8937 3001 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the childcare courses list.
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