Thursday, 22 June 2017

Job Opportunity at Prestige Day Care and Pre –School, School Manager


Day Care and Pre-school Manager

Job Description

Title: School Manager
Organization: Prestige Day Care and Pre -School
Duty station: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Duration: Two years contract with possible extension upon satisfactory performance.

Prestige Day Care and Pre –School is a large organization with more than one hundred children with plans to expand into an even larger facility.

Purpose of Position
1 To manage the day to day running of the Day Care and Pre -School to include coordinating the provision of a caring, safe, secure and stimulating environment, meeting the requirements of the school and government of Tanzania policy.
2 To plan a range of activities based on observation and assessment cycle for children/pupils.
3 Managing a staff team, working with management committee to ensure policies and procedures are implemented at all times.
4 Fulfilling duties as the Safeguarding Designated person for the school to promote the safeguarding and welfare of the children, staff and parents/guardians.
5 Ensuring accelerated social growth of children.

Key Areas
o Work with Children
o To lead the planning of safe, creative and appropriate opportunities.
o Liaise with Parents/guardians.
o Lead subordinates.

Hours of Work
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Responsible to:
The school directors.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. To ensure that staff comply at all times with day care and pre-school policies, procedures and standards, including health and safety, hygiene, inclusion, and confidentiality.
2. To liaise with parents/guardians to ensure that particular needs of children are met
3. To lead the planning of safe, creative and appropriate opportunities according to children’s needs and interests to fulfill the requirements of the school and adherence to the countries policies with regard to running such entities.
4. To develop and maintain good relationships and communication with parents/guardians to facilitate meeting the needs of each child, including organizing meetings to update and involve parent/guardians in their child’s learning.
5. To co-ordinate and chair staff meetings.
6. To manage staffing levels with required ratios.
7. To maintain effective personnel systems and ensure that files are kept up to date.
8. To actively promote and facilitate relevant staff training and development opportunities.
9. To actively promote the day care and pre-school to ensure that vacant places are filled, and that services are marketed and advertised so that the day care and pre-school runs to full capacity.
10. To induct, supervise and contribute to performance management of staff according to policies and procedures.
11. Working creatively with children within the education framework, in order to provide an enabling learning environment for all children.
12. Ensuring all children have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
13. Liaising with the school directors to share information and agree course of action for all major decisions with regard to the running of the school.
14. Liaising with advisory and support staff in the development and improvement of the day care and preschool setting.
15. To act in accordance with current legislation, policy and procedures of the country.
16. Leading the organization of the availability and use of general and specialist play equipment and other resources, ensuring that they are clean, safe and secure. Carrying out risk assessments on a regular basis.
17. Ensuring that Health and Safety policies are implemented.
18. Work requires bending, kneeling and crouching for periods of time and may also involve lifting or holding children during planned activities, and changing nappies/toileting duties; being ready to lead this process by example to subordinates.
19. Promoting positive values, attitudes and good child behavior, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encouraging children to take responsibility for their own behavior.
20. Providing objective and accurate feedback and reports as required on child achievement progress to the school directors.
21. Contributing to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
22. To actively promote and support the safeguarding of children and young people in the workplace, ensuring that all staff and volunteers observe setting policies and procedures to keep children safe from harm.

Day Care and Pre – School Manager – Person Specification:

Skills, aptitude, knowledge and experience
o Considerable, proven experience of working within a childcare setting.
o Experience of working with the Early Years Foundation Stage and other relevant learning programmes/strategies e.g. contributing towards individual education plans.
o Proven ability to lead action planning sessions.
o Proven ability to take key decisions independently.
o Understanding and recognition of the principles of equality and diversity.
o Knowledge of child development and learning processes with reference to particular barriers to learning.
o Proven and successful experience of working with children of relevant age in an early learning environment.

o Experience of working as part of a team.
o Experience of working with other agencies and professionals.
o Ability to plan effective learning and care programmes.
o Ability to lead the effective planning of learning.
o Ability to work independently using own initiative.
o Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities.
o Ability to relate well to children and adults including other professionals/guardians/parents.
o Ability to set, demonstrate and promote good practice in line with the ethos of the school both indoors and outdoors.
o Ability to manage multiple tasks, whilst ensuring children, colleagues, parents and guardians are respected and listened to.
o Consistent approach with children and parents.
o Experience of having kept written records of children’s achievements including observations

Personal qualities
o Ability to promote and market the service to the wider community.
o Fluent English and Swahili speaker.
o Effectively communicate with adults and children.
o Enthusiasm for learning and working with children.
o Reflective approach and commitment to personal development.
o Able to provide consistently high levels of quality care and education opportunities to all children.
o Caring, friendly, approachable, open, inclusive, welcoming, and personable
o Able to maintain confidentiality at all times.
o Excellent leadership skills

o Experience of supervising placements
o Plan and lead the maintenance and upkeep of resources in the setting
o Awareness of developing technologies and their place in the learning environment
o Ability to ensure the learning and care environment is accessible for all children and parents
o Contribute ideas at school meetings for developing the early year’s provision; this may include policy writing and the school development plan.
o Knowledge and understanding of the type of external support that is available to support children’s development and how to access these services.
o Ability to interact with children and support their involvement in physical activities and outdoor play.
o Ability to action plan and respond to local and national initiatives.
o Ability to set ethos and vision for the setting and ensure all personnel adhere to it
o Ability to effectively use ICT to support learning or to undertake training to do so
o Ability to use other technology to support learning e.g. video, photocopier, etc.

o Completion of training in early childhood development recognized full and relevant at degree or masters level from a well recognized institution.
o Excellent experience in curriculum development and implementation
o Full working knowledge of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation of Tanzania government.
o Understanding of principles of child development and learning processes and in particular barriers to learning.
o Knowledge and/or experience of other forms of communicating with children.
o Ten (10) years experience in the management position of day care and preschool with proven record of changes and growth of the school experienced.
o Basic skills in financial management.
o Computer literacy especially Microsoft excel.

Remuneration: An attractive package will be offered to the right candidate.
How to Apply
Application: Send your CV through this email address: 

Application Deadline: 30th June 2017
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