Programme Assistant - Cork City

Knocknaheeny, Cork

General Information

Name of the Project: Brighter Futures, Knocknaheeny

Adress/Location: Ardmore Avenue, Knocknaheeny

Contact Details: 021 4307964

What does the Knocknaheeny Early Years service do?

The project offers support programmes to children and parents with the specific aim of improving children’s capacity to learn and develop, and emotional wellbeing in Knocknaheeny. The Early Year's service provides a High/Scope toddler crèche and a Tus Maith pre-school service.

The afterschool service facilitates programmes to improve emotional well being and promote school achievement, such as the friendship group, issue based groups and individual support. Partnership with parents and individual support are available for families needing support.

What will the Programme Assistant do?

The post holder will provide a safe, child centred environment/experience to children in the early years centre. The postholder will specifically support 3 children to attend our early years service under the AIM scheme.

Where we work:

Knocknaheeny, Cork.

Job Description

Post:   Programme Assistant
Location: Brighter Futures, Knocknaheeny
Responsible to: Project Co-ordinator
Works with:   Other staff and service users

Job purpose

To provide a safe, child centred environment/experience to children in the context of the service in which you work and appropriate to the role.

Core Job Requirements

  • To provide a safe and appropriate environment for children to participate in the service.
  • To ensure all children attending the service receive an appropriate level of supervision.
  • To support children attending to play and interact positively with other children.
  • To be vigilant for signs of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect and any concerns regarding the welfare of children.
  • To immediately bring any concerns to the attention of the child’s Key Worker and the Designated Person and in keeping with Barnardos Child Protection Policy.
  • To record concerns promptly and accurately.
  • To gather information statistics and prepare reports as required, including administration of databases as appropriate to the role
  • To supervise students and volunteers where necessary and to ensure they are aware of all Barnardos policies and compile placement reports as appropriate.

Requirements Specific to this Post

  • The postholder will specifically support 3 children to attend our early years service under the AIM scheme.
  • The Programme Assistant will work in both the Brighter Futures Preschool and Crèche, covering staff breaks and leave, and supporting the staff in delivering a high quality service, this post will operate Barnardos ‘Best Start’ programme for children under the age of five years.

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 & 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

  • Commitment to provide a quality service to children.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Awareness of confidentiality and the ability to deal with sensitive issues including child protection concerns.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential attributes in this role.


  • Experience of working with children for a minimum of 6 months is essential.(work experience means paid employment, not training courses/student placements)
  • Relevant voluntary work may be considered.


Recognised qualification (min FETAC Level 5 on the NFQ) that is approved under the Early Years (Preschool) Regulations.

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Brighter Futures centres, Knocknaheeny, but may be required in the future to work in other locations in the Cork 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.