Extra Curricular & Specialist Roles

Tops Nursery INCO Lead

Inclusion Co-ordinator

The INCO role has been created from amalgamating the SENCO & Behaviour Management rep lead roles

SENCO: Special Educational Needs Co Coordinator

SENCO representatives have a legal duty to follow the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) code of practice. This is crucial for early year’s settings in supporting early identification and intervention for children with special educational needs and will be a useful contact for parents if they were to have any concerns about their child’s development. The role of the SENCO involves ensuring all practitioners in the nursery understand their responsibilities to children with SEN and the setting’s approach to identifying and meeting SEND Code of practice.

Behaviour Management Representative

Tops Day Nurseries aims to provide a safe environment for all children where they understand the clear and appropriate boundaries that are set for their behaviour, and their personal, social and emotional development is supported. Each of our nurseries have a named person who has overall responsibility for developing positive behaviour. The behaviour representative complies with the Early Years Foundation Stage’s guidance in managing behaviour and following a behaviour log for children of all ages.

INCO role

Qualifications & Experience

  • Required:

    Level 3 Early Years Educator Childcare Diploma

    Level 3 Early Years SENCO Qualification

    Level 2 Team Leading Diploma

    Principles of working with individuals with learning disabilities

    Understanding behaviour that challenges

    Understanding children and young people’s mental health

    Bullying and harassment training

    Understanding Autism

    Early Talk Boost Training

    Additional training in Special Educational Needs.

     

  • Essential attributes:

    Displays commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people

    Values and respects the views and needs of children and other people

    Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within the organisation and with colleagues in other organisations

    Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to the nursery and to others

    Is resilient and demonstrates ability to work well under pressure

    Manages time effectively

    Is willing to work within organisational processes and procedures to meet required standards for the role.

    Is committed to continuous personal and professional development

    Able to reflect and learn from past experiences

     

  • What We Expect:

    Quality and behaviours 

Tops Nursery ENCO Lead

Equality Needs Coordinator

At Tops we believe in valuing and celebrating the diversity within our community. We aim to develop good practice and positive attitudes in the early years, and encourage an anti-discriminatory approach to the world in general, and other human beings in particular. Within all of our Nurseries we have a Equality Needs co-ordinator, whom is responsible for ensuring that all children have equal opportunities to learn, develop and grow.

ENCO roles

Qualifications & Experience

  • Required:

    NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator Childcare Diploma

    Equality and Diversity training

    Unconscious bias training

    Modern slavery training

    Prevent duty training

    Bullying and harassment training

    Level 2 Team Leading Diploma

    Level 3 Management Diploma

     

     

  • Essential attributes:

    Displays commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people

    Values and respects the views and needs of children and you people

    Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within the organisation and with colleagues in other organisations

    Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds other can bring to work and to teams.

    Is resilient and demonstrates ability to work well under pressure

    Manages time effectively

    Is willing to work within organisational processes and procedures to meet required standards for the role.

    Is committed to continuous personal and professional development

    Able to reflect and learn from past experiences

     

  • What We Expect:

    Quality and behaviours 

Tops Forest School Lead

As a Forest School leader, you will be responsible in planning, preparing and delivering a range of Forest School sessions. You will need to ensure the environment is stimulating and appropriate including layout, display of resources, displays and equal opportunities. You will also need to contribute to a programme of activities that meet the individual needs and interests of children and the Early Years Framework.

To view a current list of our Forest School vacancies, please click here.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Required:

    2 year’s childcare experience

    Level 3 Forest School

    NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator Childcare Diploma

    NVQ Level 5 Childcare/Early Years Diploma

     

  • Essential attributes:

    Displays commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people

    Values and respects the views and needs of children and you people

    Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within the organisation and with colleagues in other organisations

    Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds other can bring to work and to teams.

    Is resilient and demonstrates ability to work well under pressure

    Manages time effectively

    Is willing to work within organisational processes and procedures to meet required standards for the role.

    Is committed to continuous personal and professional development

    Able to reflect and learn from past experiences

     

  • Progression Possibilities / Requirements:

    Level 2 Team Leading Diploma

     

  • What We Expect:

    Quality and behaviours 

Tops Extra-Curricular Rep

As the Extra-Curricular rep, you will be responsible for the overall implementation of the extra curricula activates within the setting.

Your role will include:
• Producing and maintaining action plans for the extra curricula activities across the setting, taking into account quality and diversity when planning the activities.
• Working with the Nursery Manager to create and monitor bookings for activities, and subsequently monitoring and checking that all activities are running effectively and providing positive outcomes for the children.
• Ensuring that there are the appropriate resources to carry out the extra curricula activities in the setting.
• Communicating with the families that access the service promoting all of the extra curricula activities, offering advice and information within the nursery on any of the extra curricula activities– making it clear how you can be contacted.
• Promoting the extra-curricular activities to all staff, including meeting with new staff during their induction.

The H&S aspect of the role will include producing Risk Assessments, Health & Safety checks, and Cleaning Records.

extra-curricular activities

Qualifications & Experience

extra curricular activities

Tops Outdoor Lead

Tops has a strong ethos of encouraging children to take safe risks (ie climbing trees) which lends itself to development. The nursery’s outdoor area should be an environment that engages children’s play offering thought-provoking, stimulating activities for the children to extend their learning and development.

The role will require you to work in conjunction with management and colleagues at the setting to ensure that the outdoor space is one that children and colleagues can enjoy and benefit from, as well as ensuring the outdoor area at the nursery is developed in line with the Tops sustainable ethos.

The outdoor environment must be exciting, thought provoking, investigative and covers the 7 areas of learning and development; providing a space for the children’s physical activities i.e. daily mile, climbing, Boogie Mites etc., as well as having areas that the children can use for sleeping, performing yoga and quiet reflection.

The role will also require you to liaise with the nursery’s Gardening rep and the Health & Safety and Maintenance teams to ensure the garden remains seasonally appropriate, fit for purpose, and clear of any damaged or broken resources.

children outdoors play

Qualifications & Experience

  • Required:

    NVQ Level 2 Childcare Diploma
    NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator Childcare Diploma
    Level 2 Team Leading Diploma
    Level 3 Management Diploma
    Life experience – camping, forest school, outdoor play certificate

     

  • Essential attributes:

    1 year’s childcare experience
    Displays commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people
    Values and respects the views and needs of children and you people
    Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within the organisation and with colleagues in other organisations
    Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds other can bring to work and to teams.
    Manages time effectively
    Is willing to work within organisational processes and procedures to meet required standards for the role.
    Is committed to continuous personal and professional development
    Able to reflect and implement past experiences of outdoors

     

  • What We Expect:

    Quality and behaviours 

outdoor children exploring

Tops Gardening Rep

This role will require you to work with different teams across Tops; the setting’s Manager, colleagues and Outdoor Lead, and the Health & Safety and Maintenance teams to ensure the nursery’s outdoor area is an environment that engages the children through risk-taking, thought-provoking, stimulating activity areas for the children to extend their learning and development.

Working with the Maintenance team, you will ensure continuous growing and gardening so that the outdoor area is fit for purpose and that resources are maintained and stored safely so that the correct clothing, tools and equipment are available when required.

You will assist the Nursery Manager with gardening checks and role model, coach and teach colleagues how to look after planted areas.

Collaborating with the Outdoor Lead to produce actions for gardening and ensuring there are flowers, fruit and vegetables being grown and to ensure they are being watered regularly. You will promote equality and accessibility to all to enable others to access planting and plant maintenance activities.

sustainable gardening

Qualifications & Experience

  • Required:

    NVQ Level 2 Childcare Diploma
    NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educator Childcare Diploma
    Level 2 Team Leading Diploma
    Life experience – gardening

     

  • Essential attributes:

    1 year’s childcare experience
    Displays commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people
    Values and respects the views and needs of children and you people
    Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within the organisation and with colleagues in other organisations
    Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds other can bring to work and to teams.
    Manages time effectively
    Is willing to work within organisational processes and procedures to meet required standards for the role.
    Is committed to continuous personal and professional development
    Able to reflect and implement past experiences of outdoors

     

  • What We Expect:

    Quality and behaviours 

gardening benefits children