tIntroduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
Describe the duties and responsibilities of own role
“To work as a keyworker and as part of the team under the direction of the Manager , Deputy and Senior Team Member to provide a safe, high quality education and care for young children” (Pant Panda’s Childcare Centre Team Member Job Description)
There are many roles which a nursery assistant has when working in a childcare setting. The first is to help plan the curriculum. This includes planning for your own group; in order to do this effectively you must use learning stories to help plan, also it is vital that I use my knowledge of the child so that what they are learning is applicable to them.
As a nursery assistant, I must also be prepared to be led by my manager and to take instruction from those in a higher position of authority than myself. They will be asking me to help set up for the day’s activities, prepare healthy snacks, tidy up and to clean.
If I am the keyworker for a group, I must ensure that a good liaison is kept between the nursery and the parents to ensure that the child’s needs are successfully recognised and met. One way to do this effectively is to have a homelink book which is a means of sending messages between practitioner and parent to inform what we have done at nursery that day. I must also, as a group keyworker, teach the children whilst offering an appropriate level of support to each individual child.
I am required to attend staff meetings; this is where I can voice any concerns I have regarding the children, parents or safety of the children whilst ensuring that any confidentiality is preserved where necessary.
A necessity as a nursery assistant is “...a commitment to equal opportunities and an understanding of religious and cultural diversity” (Pant Panda’s Childcare Centre Team Member Job Description) Equal opportunities means that everyone should be...
Bibliography: * Pant Panda’s Childcare Centre Team Member Job Description
* http://www.cache.org.uk/CacheDNN/Default.aspx?tabid=77 accessed 15th November
* Tassoni, Penny et al. (2010) Children & Young People’s Workforce Essex, Heinemann
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