Senior Resident Houseparent

First Recruitment Services Limited
East Grinstead
14 Feb 2017
14 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Our Specialist educational client is seeking an additional Resident Senior Houseparent to join their organisation based near to East Grinstead. Own transport is essential.

Summary of the role:

Resident Senior Houseparents are responsible, out of school hours, for the care and guidance of the children who are accommodated in their unit.

The Resident Senior Houseparent is responsible to the Care Co-ordinator, College of Staff and the Management Group.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • Creating a warm, friendly, safe and secure environment in which the children can develop greater awareness, self-esteem, independence and responsibility.
  • Taking part in and encouraging recreational activities with the students, such as swimming, cycling, sailing etc.
  • Fostering and promoting good standards of health, safety & welfare including carrying out & documenting house risk assessments for both on and off site activities.
  • Maintaining good order and discipline within their unit, with particular regard to bullying and any other activities prejudicial to the interests of children and staff.
  • Health matters, in conjunction with the School Nurse and designated First Aid Officers, until the School’s doctor or parents have assumed responsibility.
  • You may be required to take a child to the doctors, dentist, hospital, medical appointments etc.
  • The administering and recording of medication.
  • The encouragement of a high standard of personal hygiene.
  • Undertaking general household duties, including cleaning and laundry, in order to maintain the accommodation at an acceptable standard and fulfil requirements for safe storage, handling and preparation of food
  • Care of the immediate surroundings of the unit, in conjunction with the Estates and H&S Co-ordinator.
  • Cooking as required by arrangement with the Main Kitchen.
  • Providing reports for any child in the unit, eg initial assessments and placement plans for education and looked after children reviews.
  • Supporting the children with homework if required, in consultation with their Class Teacher.
  • Provide care if a child is off sick during school hours.
  • Liaison with other staff, parents, carers, others significant to the children and representatives of any statutory or voluntary agencies involved with the children.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Attending all relevant meetings concerned with the running of the school, including seminars and training.
  • Following all school policies & practices.
  • Ensuring all house records are completed fully and in full compliance of National Minimum Standards
  • Maintaining confidentiality and professional standards.
  • Carrying out other reasonable duties which may be necessary from time to time.
  • Additional responsibilities may be undertaken by negotiation, eg chairing meetings, participating in study or work groups, running extra curricular activities etc.
  • Driving school minibuses.
  • Assisting with student admissions, reviews and transitions.
  • Being generally supportive of the underlying principles of the school
  • Attendance and participation in daily assemblies and School festivals.

Sleeping-In Responsibilities:

  • Resident Senior Houseparents are expected to sleep in their units up to 4 nights per week.

Specific training requirement

Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young Peoples Workforce or NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning & Development.

Hours of Work

Termtime only: Monday-Friday contact time (excluding sleeping-in) - 7-10 hours per day, varying according to getting up and bedtimes.

Weekday non-contact time - 4½ hours per day. Duties will vary according to the needs of the children.

The days on which children return to and depart from school at the beginning and end of each half-term are working days.

Participate in 6 Seminar Days a year, Team Teach and other training as necessary during school holidays or at weekends during term time. Other training during lunch breaks in term time.


6 weeks paid holiday to be taken during school holiday periods.

Person Specification



  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce or equivalent

(e.g. Level 3 NVQ and Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning & Development)

  • Full clean driving licence


  • Minimum 2 years experience of working in a residential setting with children or young people.
  • Experience of supporting children and young people with special educational needs.

First Recruitment Services is acting as an Employment Agency for this Vacancy