Head of Childcare- Winter 2017

Job Details

Head of Childcare

Destinations: Val d’Isère, Tignes, La Plagne, Méribel and Les Deux Alpes

We have fantastic career opportunities within our childcare programme at Mark Warner. Our Head of Childcare have overall management of the childcare department in one of our superb Chalet hotels.

 

As Head of Childcare you will have proven management skills and experience leading and supporting a large team. You will have an excellent understanding of the dynamics of childcare and guarantee the effective management and organisation of the childcare department whilst ensuring in every children’s club your team deliver the highest level of care in a safe, happy, stimulating environment.

 

We have a strong management team that provides on-going support and training. There is a development programme for career progression and the opportunity to work year-round and join our childcare team in one of our beach resorts during the summer months. Our winter programme operates from December to April.

 

Main Responsibilities

Operational

  • Ensure your team deliver an unforgettable holiday experience to parents and children
  • Ensure standards, ratios and conditions of registration are maintained at all times
  • Maintain up-to-date records for all children
  • Implement health and safety policies, ensure fully operational on a daily basis
  • Audit, evaluate and manage risk ensuring any remedial action is taken immediately
  • Establish high standards of organisation and co-ordination within your department
  • Action and monitor any parents’ child-related issues
  • Build and support a strong relationship with the Hotel Manager
  • Ensure nutritional needs of children are met
  • Assist in the development of childcare standards, procedures and information systems
  • Evaluate the quality of childcare within each department, identify and address areas needing development
  • Coordinate all childcare evening services

 

Communication

  • Actively promote the childcare department to all guests, ensuring parents and guardians are well informed about the department, it’s services and facilities
  • Encourage good communication links between all other departments
  • Establish, develop and maintain professional working relationships with all department managers, local staff and external companies

 

Personnel

  • Manage staff reviews, appraisals and any disciplinary or grievances matters
  • Develop a training plan, evaluate training undertaken by your team
  • Ensure all new staff follow an induction programme, are mentored and trained
  • Ensure all childcare staff are trained, motivated, appraised and developed in a positive and effective manner
  • Support and supervise all staff with their day-to-day duties
  • Monitor staffing levels and liaise with the Hotel Manager

 

Financial

  • Manage care, maintenance and security of equipment and toys
  • Monitor and control department costs
  • Inventory checks

 

Abilities and Skills

  • Present a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Team skills
  • Confident, assertive self-motivator, show initiative
  • Flexible approach
  • Customer orientated
  • Organised, be pro-active, a good planner
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Decisiveness
  • Articulate
  • Staff development
  • Patient and sympathetic by nature
  • An affinity with children

 

Essential Requirements

  • CACHE, NNEB, City & Guilds, BTEC National Diplomas or equivalent qualification to level 3
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a childcare environment
  • Excellent communication and administration skills
  • Ability to use initiative, plan, organise and prioritise work load
  • Experience in Nursery Management
  • Experience with a wide variety of ages
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Fluent in English
  • Enhanced disclosure required through the ‘Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • UK/EU Passport holder
  • UK National Insurance Number
  • UK Bank Account

 

Package and Benefits

  • Return travel to/from UK
  • Medical insurance
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • All meals
  • Lift pass, ski equipment hire and discounted beginner lessons
  • Discounted drinks and beauty treatments (dependent on hotel)
  • Smart uniform
  • Holiday concessions for friends and family
  • A competitive salary and bonus
  • Comprehensive training
  • Opportunity to work year-round
  • Management development

If you’re looking for adventure, want to try new experiences and are keen to develop your skills come join our fun-loving childcare team.

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