Barnardos Early Years Service, Finglas

Job Description

Post: Driver
Location: Barnardos Early Years' Service, Finglas
Responsible to:

Project Leader

Works with:


Staff, Volunteers and Service Users


Job Purpose

To provide a safe and efficient transport service to children and families attending Barnardos’ services.

Core Job Requirements

  • Provide a transport service to children and families attending Barnardos services in conjunction with other staff.
  • To provide transport when needed to children & families attending Barnardos Finglas Early Years’ service.
  • To provide transport when needed on occasion for the region.
  • To ensure the safety of all passages ensuring seat belts are worn at all times, and ensure safe behaviour on the bus and safe practice going to and from the bus.
  • Drive carefully at all times observing the rules of the road and all relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Under no circumstances be under the influence of toxic substances.
  • To ensure the vehicle is maintained in a clean and road worthy condition and servicing is carried out on a regular basis.
  • To maintain appropriate records of all issues in relation to the use and maintenance of the vehicle.
  • To communicate with children and families in a friendly and appropriate manner at all times, taking into consideration the confidential nature of Barnardos’ work.
  • To be vigilant to any concerns regarding the protection and welfare of children and to bring them to the attention of your designated person in a timely manner, in keeping with the Barnardos Child Protection policy.
  • When not required for driving duties to assist in the work of the services, carrying out duties as agreed with the Line Manager.

Requirements specific to the post

  • To ensure all First Aid equipment on the vehicle is up to date and in date at all times, and replenished as required.
  • To partake in the Certificate in Professional Competence Training for Professional Bus and Truck Drivers as required.
  • To prepare the Bus and all supporting paperwork for the annual test requirements under the regulations of the DOE.
  • To ensure all Vehicle checks are conducted and that the Bus is maintained in line with the Barnardos Transport Policy.
  • This role will also involve general maintenance in the service, including light gardening and general runs required by the service.

Requirements of all Barnardos staff

  • Commitment to the purpose of Barnardos and to work within the values, policies and procedures of the organisation and in the context of current legislation and regulations.
  • To participate in regular supervision with your line manager.
  • To actively participate in team and staff meetings and service reviews/ evaluations and to contribute to the development of policy and practice with your area of work and within Barnardos as a whole.
  • To report any area of concern to your line manager in a timely manner.
  • To show reasonable flexibility in relation to hours of attendance to meet the needs of the work. Work during unsocial hours may be required.
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice.
  • Participate in and engage with a performance management programme.
  • Identify training needs with your line manager and participate in training opportunities appropriate to the role.
  • To be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of your line manager or local Health and Safety Officer.
  • To be vigilant to any concerns regarding the protection and welfare of children and to bring them to the attention of the Barnardos Designated Person in a timely manner, in keeping with the Barnardos Child Protection policies.
  • To participate in the efficient flow of information within the organisation by sharing and seeking information as appropriate.
  • To undertake other duties as may be requested by the line manager from time to time.
  • To undertake your work in a manner that is friendly, flexible and informal.

Note: This Job Description will be reviewed and updated in line with the needs of the work.

Person Specification

Personal attributes

  • To be of good health
  • Ability to interact with children and families in a child centred environment
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexibility and adaptability is required for this post
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Safety first mind-set


12 months’ experience of driving a D vehicle or Public Service vehicle essential


D Driving Licence (Disclosure of any driving offences is required)

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete this application form and submit it through our website before the closing date.

Applicants may also attach a CV or other supplementary information in respect of our application.

Attaching a CV alone will result in the applicant not being considered for shortlisting. 

Shortlisting will apply

Candidates who are moved to the 2nd stage of our Recruitment process are required to complete a medical questionnaire and the E-Vetting process. References will be taken up at this stage.