Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this role. This opportunity has arisen as a result of our plans for expansion as we enter into a new phase of Little Angels' development.
We have a strong, well established team, with aspirational ambitions - and we need additional leadership expertise to support our next steps as a thriving childcare organisation.
Little Angels was originally established as a single setting childcare provider, the first of its kind in Cramlington, in September 1999 by Debbie and Ian Wylie when they were unable to find suitable childcare for their own son. The company has always been forward-looking, keen to provide the best care for children and the best training and support for staff.
The company now operates five sites, covering three local authorities as it has expanded opportunistically in response to a range of different situations. It won the tender for the Fenham setting in 2003; it entered Bedlington when parents asked Little Angels to take on a setting that had just gone into administration; it won a tender for childcare at Cramlington Village Primary School; and it was similarly successful in tendering for out-of-school club provision at Amberley Primary in Killingworth.
We are registered for around 500 children across all sites, and the company has developed a well respected presence in the local communities that it serves. More than 20 years since its inception, Little Angels still seeks to provide the care and education that parents want and need as well as the personal touch and attentive feedback to families that help cement their trust and connection with the staff who care for their children. These qualities are the foundation on which Little Angels is built, and embody the care that it offers.
Over the last few months, we have weathered the pandemic and streamlined our provision but also looked ahead and drawn up fresh plans for the future. Our parents have remained very supportive of Little Angels and the care we have provided throughout the crisis, as we ensured that our settings continued to serve the needs of critical workers, their children and families, as well as vulnerable children during difficult times.
We are now looking for a leader to cover three settings initially, with a view to growing the scope of this role as we expand. We hope to appoint a leader who can successfully shape and mould the future of the company, working alongside another very able and experienced area manager. You will have your own settings for which you will be responsible, and your time will be spent mostly supporting and developing the managers of those settings, leading training, conducting audits and supporting the development of outstanding practice in all sites you lead. You will be able to access the latest management information technology that we have recently installed to generate greater data with which to manage and support our sites: this includes Famly and Planday which provide excellent occupancy and financial oversight to the company.
You will be passionate about having an impact and making a difference to the lives of children, whether from vulnerable or privileged backgrounds. You will love spending time with the children occasionally as a treat, so that you can remember why you do what you do, and what makes it an amazing role to fulfil. No two days will be the same in this role, but at the end of each week you will be able to reflect and see a positive direction of travel, taking great satisfaction from being part of a company that cares.
For more information please take a look at our candidate information pack and application form on our website by clicking 'Apply' below, where you will be redirected.
The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Thursday 17th September 2020.