Early Years Development Co-ordinator

National Office, Dublin 8 with travel as required.

General Information

What will the Early Years Development Co-ordinator do?

The main purpose of this role is to co-ordinate Barnardos external programme of early years work, supporting quality within the early years’ sector and ensuring the development and delivery of agreed work plan.

The postholder will develop links and ensure consistency of approach with regard to our internal provision of early years’ service and our external engagement with the sector.

The main functions of the role are outlined below.


Job Description

Post: Early Years Development Co-ordinator
Location: National Office, Dublin 8 with travel as required.
Responsible to: Project Leader, Loughlinstown
Works with: Barnardos management and staff working within the Early Years sector, Training team, Library, Regional Development Workers, Publications Co-ordinator, other agencies, external organisations and service users as relevant.


Job Purpose

To co-ordinate Barnardos external programme of early years work, supporting quality within the early years’ sector and ensuring the development and delivery of agreed work plan. To develop links and ensure consistency of approach with regard to our internal provision of early years’ service and our external engagement with the sector.

Main Functions of this post

  • To lead on the development of the NDP VCO Implementation Plan and to co-ordinate relevant internal staff members and information to deliver on all relevant aspects pertinent to the Implementation Plan at a national level. 
  • To manage the budget in line with the NDP VCO Implementation Plan, Pobal requirements and Barnardos financial procedures and to communicate effectively and efficiently with Pobal in relation to this budget and plan. 
  • To prepare and provide quarterly reports to Pobal which outline the work completed for each period. 
  • To manage the key relationships with DES (EYEPU), POBAL and DCYA and to represent Barnardos on appropriate external structures. 
  • To maintain and develop effective working relationships within Barnardos and with the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.
  •  To represent Barnardos as appropriate at local/ regional or national level which may involve media and advocacy work. 
  • To work strategically and collaboratively in a strong interagency environment.
  • To oversee regional development work, including Siolta mentoring and validation.
  • To create a link between external environment developments in practice and internal service provision, development and quality.
  • To participate in and contribute to the development of the Early Years strategic direction with the organisation.
  • To oversee and contribute to content development for QQI modules of learning delivered within Barnardos training department within the Early Years Sector and to report into Academic Governance Committee in this regard.
  • To be vigilant for signs of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and any concerns regarding the welfare of children.
  • To record concerns promptly and accurately. To consult with the Designated Person and take appropriate action in accordance with Barnardos Child Protection policy.
  • To ensure all financial and administrative records are maintained to an excellent standard and in line with funder requirements.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Responsible for the delivery, management, development and review of Barnardos work within your area of responsibility.
  • To undertake the duties of the Designated Liaison Person for the project under the Children First National Guidelines for the protection and welfare of children. 
  • To ensure that the protection and welfare of children is a primary concern of all staff and that when child protection issues arise, Barnardos policies and procedures are fully adhered to. 
  • To maintain appropriate relationships with external agencies to ensure that the needs of children and families are met in an integrated and co-ordinated manner. 
  • To ensure that Barnardos policies and procedures are fully implemented within the area of responsibility of the post. 
  • To ensure effective communication within your area of responsibility.
  • To line manage relevant staff members, ensuring that all staff, students and volunteers receive regular and professional supervision, appraisal and training needs are identified and addressed to ensure learning is promoted within your area of responsibility.
  • To manage the recruitment process for relevant staff, assisting with other early years’ recruitment processes within the organisation as required.
  • To manage the throughput and performance of all relevant staff in your line management. 
  • To ensure quality and best standards are adhered to in all aspects of the work. 
  • To participate in the development of organisational policy and plans to ensure they are implemented within the work of the project. 
  • To ensure that all work is planned, delivered and evaluated in line with the objectives of the NDP VCO Implementation Plan; ensuring a maintained focus on achieving outcomes and high standards of quality in the work as per the National Early Years Strategy. 
  • To identify funding opportunities and prepare proposals in consultation with the Project Leader / Assistant Director as appropriate 
  • To ensure that legislation and statutory guidelines, organisational policy and corporate plan are fully implemented within your area of responsibility. 
  • To ensure an up to date health and safety statement is accessible and available and is adhered to and any health and safety concerns are dealt with effectively and efficiently. 
  • To contribute to the overall development of good practice within the organisation. 
  • To identify needs and organisational opportunities for service delivery within the early years sector. 
  • To work collaboratively with other organisations and external stakeholders to improve quality. 
  • To participate in the overall development of good practice models within the sector. 
  • To ensure relevant staff operate in a cohesive way within the organisation and sector and that it participates in practice development within the organisation.
  • Lead on the development of initiatives to support quality.
  • To undertake specific department/ organisational tasks in agreement with the line manager.

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 Health & 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

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage in a dynamic and busy environment
  • Team work required and the ability to work in collaboration with others
  • Flexibility and adaptability in terms of tasks and time is essential for the post.
  • Ability to manage and lead the staff team in a constructive way, ensuring that high levels of service provision is delivered
  • Ability to prioritise competing demands
  • Ability to work automously but seek advice as appropriate
  • Ability to write clear reports as required.
  • Ability to manage complexity and diversity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the management role
  • Ability to be child centred and needs led
  • Ability to assess needs and identify appropriate responses
  • Ability to manage relationships internally and with the external stakeholders
  • Ability to co-ordinate multiple strands of work which may not all be under your direct line of responsibility.

Experience and Knowledge

A minimum of 3 years post qualification experience in Early Years sector and demonstrated management capacity essential. Prior management experience highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of national and international quality frameworks and standards.
  • Knowledge of early years sector.


Relevant professional 3rd level qualification in Early Childhood Care and Education or equivalent. Management training highly desirable.


  • Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car.
  • Be able to travel regionally and nationally on a regular basis.

Please Note:

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the National Office, Dublin 8 but may be required in the future to work in other locations in the Dublin area in line with organisational needs.


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.

All documentation received by Barnardos in relation to job applications  will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003. The information will only be used by Barnardos  in the processing of job applications and for ongoing administrative purposes with job candidates. To make a request under the Data Protection Acts, please submit a request in writing to: Data Protection Executive, Barnardos  National Office, Christchurch Square, Dublin 8 or email dataprotection@barnardos.ie