Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Roles of a Coordinator in a Children's Services setting.

An Early Childhood Teacher is normally qualified to hold the position as Co-Ordinator... the roles & responsibilities as defined by NSW Industrial Relations are as follows for a Coordinator in most Children's Services settings. 

Qualified means a qualified carer who holds the Diploma in Children’s Services, an Associate
Diploma in Social Science (Child Studies) from TAFE or equivalent qualifications which are recognised under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 as amended, and who is appointed by the employer to co-ordinate, administer and manage a service. An employee at this level is required to perform the following duties:
  • be accountable to the employer for the administration of the Service;
  • co-ordinate and manage the day-to-day operations of the service;
  • manage staff through liaison and consultation with the employer;
  • oversee and ensure the maintenance and implementation of a healthy, safe and clean environment for staff and children;
  • ensure day-to-day administrative tasks are completed appropriately, including requirements for funding and licensing;
  • ensure the Service adheres to all relevant regulations and licensing guidelines;
  • ensure all appropriate records are maintained;
  • liaise with and consult with parents regarding the needs of the children and the community;
  • liaise with management to ensure that all matters and procedures relating to government funding are complied with in accordance with appropriate guidelines and, where applicable, submissions for funding to relevant authorities are made and funds applied in accordance with the relevant guidelines and approvals;
  • assist with the preparation of budgets in consultation with the employer, making appropriate recommendations and manage service financial responsibilities within approved levels;
  • attend meetings as required by the employer consistent with position responsibilities.
 In addition an employee may be required to perform some or all of the following duties:
acts as Authorised Supervisor in accordance with the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 as amended, where required by the employer;
  • develop, implement and evaluate Service policies and procedures and ensure these and licensing conditions are met in consultation with the employer;
  • prepare and present reports regarding service issues;
  • develop goals and directions for the service in consultation with staff and management in line with early childhood policy and practice;
  • ensure that government guidelines on priority access to services are adhered to;
  • other duties as required by the employer which are within the knowledge, skills and capabilities of the carer, including duties at a lower classification; provided that this does not promote de skilling.

    An employee at this level is required to possess and maintain a current first aid certificate recognised under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 as amended, and administer first aid as required."
 Woah. That sure is a lot of roles, and responsibilities, isn't it? ^^

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