We are seeking a passionate and enthusiastic Kindy Team Leader. We are RIE inspired therefore we provide a respectful, responsive and peaceful educational programme. We have amazing teaching teams and the Centre is new, purpose built and well equipped. We offer teacher mentoring, professional development and a happy spacious work environment.

This NZ Certificated teaching position is permanent and full-time. Please enquire to or email your cv and covering letter to fran@zigzagzoo.co.nz Website www.zigzagzoo.co.nz All applicants will be treated with confidentiality.

Come and work, live and play in the most gorgeous part of New Zealand!!
Company
ACG Early Childhood Education Group Limited
Type
Full Time from October 7th, 2017
Description
POSITION: Team Leader
RESPONSIBLE TO: Centre Manager/Operations Manager & EC Advisor
RELATIONSHIPS WITH:
• Operations Manager
• Centre Manager
• Teaching Team
• Support Staff
• Parents/ caregivers and whanau
• Ministry of Education
• Education Review Office
• Professional Agencies

PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL VALUES:

Establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of all akonga.
• Liaising and maintaining an active working relationship with the Centre Manager.
• Establishing and maintaining a respectful culture within the teaching team.
• Building warm positive relationships with all children.
• Communicating regularly with all parents in a respectful and considerate way ensuring a strong partnership between the centre and home.
• Working in a ethical and professional manner at all times with members of the learning community.
• Effectively liaising with professional agencies.
•  Promoting the centre positively within the local community in a positive manner.

Demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all akonga.
• Ensuring the relevant legislation and policies are adhered to at all times.
• Monitoring the work environment to ensure that it is safe and healthy at all times.
• Developing and monitoring clear standards of ethical practice to ensure all children and adults are kept physically, socially, culturally and emotionally safe.
•  Ensuring the differing values and cultures of families within the centre community are respected.
• Maintaining confidentiality about all matters relating to the centre.
• Managing conflict effectively and working actively to achieve resolution.
• Monitoring personal workload and responses to stress.

Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
• Acknowledging and respecting the language and heritage of Maori children and their families/whanau.
• Respecting bicultural customs and protocols ensuring that all families feel welcome.
• Ensuring that equitable learning opportunities and resources are provided for all children

Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of personal professional practice.
• Self motivating and initiating opportunities for leadership development and ongoing professional learning.
•  Actively participate in the appraisal process ensuring commitment to appraisal goals to ensure ongoing improvement to leadership and teacher practice.
• Actively using new professional knowledge to be a change agent informing teaching teams and promoting new initiatives. 
• Keeping up to date with relevant professional literature and Ministry Of Education documents.
• Modelling to all teachers and encouraging the importance of ongoing learning.
• Maintaining Teacher Registration and support documentation.
• Maintaining current First Aid certificate.

Show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning.
• Overseeing the day to day management of the team.
• Contributing to the policy review and development process.
• Ensuring all teachers have knowledge and understanding about Self Review and provide strong leadership to ensure this is implemented for both planned and spontaneous Self Review.
• Being visionary in partnership with the Operations Manager in the development and implementation of the annual and strategic plans..
• Working alongside the Operations Manager in implementing the annual appraisal process.
• Monitoring all teachers’ performance and providing direct and indirect feedback to improve teaching practice.
• To provide pedagogical leadership to manage the curriculum including the monitoring of assessment, planning and evaluation documentation.
• Leading staff meetings and facilitating conversations in relation to Self Review and children’s learning.
• Dealing with all internal concerns and complaints in liaison with the Operations Manager.
• Ensuring emergency drills are carried out on a regular basis and maintaining the relevant documentation.


PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE IN PRACTICE:

Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme. 
• Having knowledge and understanding of the early childhood curriculum Te Whaariki and other relevant documents.
• Understanding the Reggio approach to planning and able to lead  this alongside Te Whaariki.
• Being a reflective practitioner focussing on enhancing children’s learning at all times.
•  Offering curriculum support and guidance to all teachers in the implementation of an effective learning programme.
• Ensuring that learning is visible and ongoing within the centre.
Promote a collaborative, inclusive and supportive learning environment.
 Ensuring assessment data informs the planned curriculum and learning experiences.
• Ensuring a rich library of resources  and learning experiences engage and motivate children .
• Monitoring the learning environment to ensure a wide range of teaching strategies are used to actively engage children in ongoing learning pathways.
• Ensuring a respectful and inclusive learning environment is provided for all children.

Demonstrate in practice knowledge and understanding of how akonga learn.
• Ensuring children are supported in the development of social competence skills.
• Ensuring children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour.
•  Overseeing the curriculum to ensure that it caters for all learning styles and actively engages children in ongoing learning pathways.
• Ensuring that children are given opportunities to scaffold, consolidate and add complexity to their learning.
• Ensuring that the emotional environment of the centre is positive and supports learning at  all times

Respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests and needs of individuals and groups of akonga.
• Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of how social and cultural differences impact on children’s learning.
• Ensuring a range of teaching strategies are used with children to promote equity and value cultural diversity.
•  Ensuring that priority learners and their families (Maori children, Pacifica children, children with diverse needs and infants and toddlers) experience a warm welcoming environment that respects their diversity.
Work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
• Practising and promoting te reo Maori and Tikanga practices throughout the centre.
• Being sensitive to the aspirations of Maori families by communicating in appropriate ways to engage them in their child’s learning.
• Valuing productive partnerships with  Maori children and their families  as priority learners 


Analyse and appropriately use assessment information which has been gathered formally and informally.
• Overseeing assessment practices to ensure high quality learning outcomes for all children are clearly documented.
• Leading collegial dialogue at staff meetings about children’s assessment data and how this can be used to inform the planned curriculum.
• Monitoring assessment data in children’s Journey of Learning books  to ensure they are up to date.
• Ensuring opportunities are provided for families to share aspirations for their child and to be well informed about their ongoing learning pathways.

Use critical inquiry and problem solving effectively in professional practice.
• Monitoring and actively   contributing to the process and documentation of Self Review for both planned and spontaneous reviews.
• Actively seeking feedback from colleagues and other professionals to improve leadership and teaching practice.
• Keeping a reflective journal to improve and refine teaching practice.
• Keeping up to date with current trends and practices within the early Childhood sector.
 

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