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Kindergarten Teacher

Kildare Steiner School

Kildare

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Jun 14

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Kildare Steiner school is among the oldest Waldorf schools in Ireland, which comprises of kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, located in the Irish countryside south west of Dublin.

We are now seeking an inspirational and passionate leader who shares our Waldorf school vision, who can contribute to our story and enhance the strengths of our staff. We seek to create a heart-centred community of teachers, children and parents who strive to engender kind hearts, words, and deeds.

“A healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul the community finds its reflection, and when in the community the virtue of each one is living”. Rudolf Steiner

We wish to encourage our staff to uphold the values of true Steiner Education. We value the writing of the School Report at the end of the school year that encourages the children to nourish their trust in themselves, with kind reflections that will motivate the child to improve in the required areas.

if you share our belief in the beauty of childhood and have a deep understanding of how a child’s ability to excel can manifest through their hands, their heart and their head, come and join our family in the Irish beautiful countryside setting just 40 minutes from Dublin city.

The experience of the child in the kindergarten during the years when they are most open to the world around them lays the foundation for healthy development and a sound education throughout the subsequent years. The kindergarten years are therefore regarded as the basis upon which Steiner education is built. In effect, the Kindergarten Teacher should be a role model worthy of imitation by the children in his/her care. 

The Kindergarten Teacher will work alongside the Kindergarten staff in their work and help maintain the Kindergarten environment and atmosphere. 

We have committed and talented staff, happy and curious children, parents/carers who are partners in their children’s education and a hands-on. Board of Trustees that works hard to support the progress of the school.

Please note that candidates must be eligible to work in the EU or hold a valid permit to work in the EU.

Main responsibilities:

  • To recognise and support each stage of the young child’s development in a Steiner Waldorf context 
  • To share overall responsibility for the group, including record keeping, scheduling and supervising, in tandem with the existing Kindergarten Teaching staff  
  • To maintain the Kindergarten environment to a high standard and observe Health and Safety
  • To assist in preparing the older children aged between 4.5 and 6) in Kindergarten for progression to Class One of the Steiner Lower (Primary) School 
  • To Educate Parents on the ethos of Waldorf Steiner Kindergarte 
  • To organise group events and festivals 
  • To co-ordinate materials for group use within the budget
  • To participate in the admissions process for new children
  • To liaise with parents as necessary, one to one and at the Parents’ Evenings
  • To collaborate actively with teaching colleagues in the Parent & Child Group, Kindergarten, Lower (Primary) School and Middle (Secondary) School.
  • To participate in Mandate Group or Board meetings on request
  • To contribute to the College of Teachers on an ongoing basis
  • To be involved in providing cover for absent colleagues when the need arises
  • To promote the School’s ethos, principles and objectives
  • To operate within the School’s policies and procedures.
  • To foster the continuous development of our Kindergarten, working in close collaboration with Blathu’s National Development Officer
  • To provide guidance, mentoring & inspiring leadership to Kindergarten Assistant teachers, volunteers and trainees.

These duties are not exhaustive, but summarise the main responsibilities of the Kindergarten Teacher.

Your Profile:

  • Approved Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten teaching qualification
  • QQI Level 6 Childcare or equivalent (ideally Level 8)
  • Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten teaching experience
  • Fluent in the English language
  • Ability to relate to and inspire children
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with fellow teachers
  • Adaptability in the context of a small school
  • Good interpersonal communication skills in dealing with parents
  • Capacity to work with the group using creativity and initiative  
  • Good written communication skills
  • Organised and conscientious
  • Interested in your continuous learning and development
  • Motivated to contribute to the ongoing development of the Kindergarten and the School as a whole.

Hours of work: 20 core contact hours per week with a working pattern to be agreed upon within the College of Teachers. The day starts at 8.30 am and finishes no later than 2.30 pm, apart from the Thursday Teacher meeting. There is a requirement to assist in covering break times, attend College of Teachers meetings (weekly), Parents’ Evenings (one per term), The School AGM and Community meeting (Yearly) School Festivals, and Open Days (three per year). Preparation and compiling of annual yearbooks are not included in the core hours.

To apply: please send a cover letter and CV to info@kildaresteinerschool.ie


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