Hartley People

Child Care Assistant – PartTime

  • Part Time
  • Kilkenny

Hartley People Recruitment are recruiting for an experienced Child Care Assistant to join our client’s busy team in Freshford, County Kilkenny. This is an ideal role for a friendly and positive individual with a can-do attitude to join a well-established and fast-paced company. 


Main Responsibilities:

  • Provide high-quality early childhood care and education to children.
  • Guide, observe, stimulate, and supervise children in a safe and caring environment.
  • Work closely with the Manager and other team members to ensure smooth operations.
  • Act as a key worker for specified children, fostering strong individual connections.
  • Ensure the safety, security, and well-being of all children in your care.
  • Assist in planning and implementing an age-appropriate, stimulating program of activities to support natural growth and development.
  • Maintain strict adherence to quality and safety standards in the service.

Care and Well-being:

  • Be attentive and responsive to the needs of the children in your care.
  • Address issues related to the well-being of the children promptly and compassionately.
  • Communicate with children at their level to create a positive and supportive environment.
  • Utilize positive strategies to support children through challenging behaviors.
  • Maintain a safe sleep environment, when applicable.
  • Provide personal care as necessary, including nappy changing, nose cleaning, and toileting.
  • Conduct planned and unplanned observations using the observation system and materials.
  • Report any concerns about a child’s welfare to the Designated Liaison Person for Child Protection.

Parent Communication:

  • Greet parents and children in a friendly and courteous manner.
  • Keep parents informed of their children’s progress and well-being through regular communication.
  • Record relevant information and messages from parents.
  • Participate in parent/teacher meetings, if required, outside regular working hours.
  • Refer any parental complaints to the manager for appropriate resolution.


  • Prepare and serve food to children, encouraging good eating habits and personal hygiene.
  • Support self-feeding when appropriate and make mealtimes enjoyable social occasions for the children.

Curriculum and Activities:

  • Participate in planning and implementing a curriculum based on the national framework Aistear.
  • Support children’s emergent interests and introduce appropriate play equipment.
  • Provide opportunities for self-directed play to encourage exploration and learning.

Health and Safety:

  • Immediately report any safety hazards or risks to management.
  • Refrain from engaging in any activity that poses a risk to staff or children.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of fire and safety procedures within the service.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment, including regular cleaning duties.
  • Use equipment and machines according to management instructions.
  • Conduct an outdoors risk assessment to ensure a safe and clean outside environment.
  • Maintain a professional appearance, adhering to the dress code outlined in the Contract of Employment.


  • Keep appropriate records and documents in compliance with the Child Care 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016.
  • Maintain records of children’s progress, observations, accidents, and medicine records, among others.

Member of Staff Team Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate effectively with other childcare team members, including the Room Leader and Manager.
  • Respect the rights of the children in your care and foster positive working relationships within the team.


  • Communicate frequently with team members, the manager, and parents as necessary.
  • Maintain straightforward, accurate, and professional communication during work hours and while supervising children.


  • Demonstrate flexibility in working across different children’s rooms as needed.
  • Training and Meetings:
  • Undertake required training courses, such as first aid, fire safety, manual handling, and food handling.
  • Participate in additional training as requested by the Manager.
  • Attend and actively engage in meetings as required.

Other Duties:

  • Familiarize yourself with all service policies and procedures and implement them.
  • Train student workers and assist new staff during their induction process.
  • Adhere to the Child Care 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and all relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Ensure that the service maintains all quality and safety standards in accordance with Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education.


*All candidates must have a minimum of a Fetac Level 5 major award in Early Childhood Education and Care*

Interested? Call Kathryn on Hartley People’s office number 051 878 813 or email your CV Kathryn@hartleypeople.com.

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