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Job Vacancy - Early Year's / Family Support Manager (0-5 yrs)

Job Vacancy - Early Year's / Family Support Manager (0-5 yrs)

Limerick Social Service Council CLG is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and driven Early Year’s / Family Support Manager to join our team in the Southside Child and Family Centre. This is a really exciting and innovative service model that will cater for the needs of children and families accessing the service.

The successful candidate will ensure the Early Years/Family Support Service will be delivered in a professional manner and help create a safe, caring and welcoming environment for the children and their families/carers.

Successful applicants for the above position must have the following:-


  • Minimum Level 8 qualification (with Level 9 very desirable) in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in managing an Early Year’s Service
  • Experience in ensuring compliance with Pobal and DCYA administration and financial requirements
  • Full Driving Licence and access  to a suitably insured vehicle.



  • A qualification in Social Care, Social Work, Family Support or similar.
  • Experience working with children and families and providing family support
  • Good knowledge of Aistear / Síolta
  • Previous experience of working in a community based service


Personal Attributes

  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the issues facing children and families, particularly in disadvantaged communities
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the early years and family support sectors
  • Commitment to work creatively to achieve better outcomes for children and families
  • Capacity to develop and review plans and programmes to respond to needs of service users
  • Capacity to work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including partner agencies, parents and children
  • Capacity to work with flexibility and sensitivity and to work flexible hours as required
  • Ability to identify and appropriately address child protection concerns
  • Capacity to self-motivate and work independently and in collaboration with a team
  • Ability to work on one’s own initiative
  • A commitment to his/her own Continuing Professional Development



  • Competitive salary – depending on qualifications and experience
  • Generous annual leave
  • Pension scheme
  • Commitment to Continuous Professional Development
  • Friendly, welcoming work environment


This is a permanent position subject to 12 months’ probation, 2 written references, Garda Vetting and continued funding from our statutory funding agencies.


To apply:


Please send an up to date Curriculum Vitae together with cover letter to Margaret Meagher, Human Resource Manager, LSSC, Upper Henry St., Limerick, or send Curriculum Vitae and cover letter by email to


Informal enquiries to: James Connery, Operational Manager, Southside Child and Family Centre, 061-319094,


Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday 5th March, 2020.

Late applications will not be considered.


LSSC is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity


The Post is funded by Department of Children & Youth Affairs, Pobal & Tusla.


Candidate Information:

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the post of Early Years/Family Support Service Manager, Southside Child and Family Centre*. We believe that this is a really exciting and innovative service model and we are looking to build our staff team around people with the experience, energy and enthusiasm to bring it to life.


Please find information below which you may find useful:

Job Title

Manager, Southside Child and Family Centre Early Years/Family Support Service (0-5)

This is a Permanent Position


Cover letter detailing relevant experience for the post & C.V

Closing Date for Applications

Thursday March 5th 2020


Proposed interview Date(s)

Thursday March 19th  2020

Campaign Specific

Selection Process


Shortlisting / Interview

Short listing and/or ranking may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your

Letter of application, C.V. and achievements to date


The criteria for short listing and/or ranking are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore, it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements. Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process.  


Those successful at the short listing and/or ranking stage of this process (where applied)

will be called forward to interview.


Location of Post

Southside Child & Family Centre, Roxboro Road, Galvone, Limerick City.

Reporting Relationship

The post-holder will report to the Operational Manager, Child and Family Centre

*This is a holding title until the final name is agreed through community consultation.

For any informal enquiries regarding the position and job specification please contact:  James Connery, Operational Manager, Tel: 061- 319094 Email:

Applications to be submitted to Margaret Meagher, Human Resources Manager, Email: or post to Margaret Meagher HR Manager, LSSC, Henry St, Limerick.


Kind Regards,

Brian Ryan, General Manager, LSSC


Manager, Southside Child and Family Centre Early Years/Family Support Service


Purpose of Role

To support the development and to manage the day to day operations of the Southside Child and Family Centre Early Years/Family Support Service (0-5)

1. Background and Context

The LIMERICK SOCIAL SERVICE COUNCIL (LSSC) is a leading voluntary service, working in communities in Limerick for five decades.  The LSSC delivers its services at the LSSC Centre in Henry Street, Limerick and through outreach in a range of locations throughout Limerick City and County. 


Underpinning all these services is a commitment to supporting families to improve relationships and to enhance outcomes for children.


Limerick Social Service Council, in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, Tusla, HSE, LCETB, DES, LEDP, Limerick Diocesan Office, Limerick Child Care Committee and schools have been working together to develop a Child and Family Centre on the Southside Education Campus as an integrated, high-quality centre of early learning and care and family support. The Child and Family Centre is located on the Southside Education Campus and will work within the current ethos of the campus: schools, statutory, community and voluntary services working in an integrated way to improve outcomes for children and families in the area. There are currently two schools (Le Chéile and Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy) as well as a number of community services including Breakfast Clubs and After-School clubs being delivered on site.

The Centre will consist of a targeted Early Learning and Care (ELC) / early years’ service (0-3) that will support parents and their children in an innovative, integrated service; a pre-school that will be run an a universal model with some targeted elements and wrap-around supports for parents and children. The Manager of the Southside Child and Family Centre Early Years/Family Support Service will have responsibility for supporting the development of and managing the first two elements; the Manager will work closely with the Operational Manager to support the integration and development of all elements of the service.

2. Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

2.1 Operational

·         To support the implementation of the vision, values and principles of the Centre across the range of early childhood services within and outside the Centre to ensure high quality integrated services are available to all children and their parents.

·         To manage the day to day running of the Service, ensuring that there is a safe, caring and welcoming environment for the children and their parents/carers

·         To lead in the development and implementation of an emergent curriculum for 0 – 5 year olds that supports the holistic social, emotional and learning development of children and is in line with Síolta and Aistear

·         To work in partnership with parents, children and families to deliver friendly, accessible, high quality services

·         To support parents and children to fully participate in the development and implementation of the curriculum and in the activities and programmes offered by the CFC

·         To implement, monitor, evaluate, and review the curriculum in order to identify areas for

Improvement and set targets for children and families

·         To support practitioners to observe and record the progress of children and families and to identify areas for change

·         To provide individual and group support and supervision; and to undertake annual appraisals and set targets for practitioner’s professional development.

·         To ens