Post of Kindergarten Assistant II within the Ministry for Education and Employment

MINISTRY FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT
 
 
(as per Ministry’s HR plan for the year 2017)
 
Nomenclatures denoting the male gender include also the female gender.
 
The Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) would like to remind all interested applicants that it has zero tolerance policy towards any form of child abuse. MEDE adheres to S.L. 327.546 (Recruitment, Initial Training and Continuous Professional Development of Personnel and Protection of Minors in Compulsory Education Regulations 2016) in its recruitment process.
 
1.0 Introduction
 
1.1 The Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) invites applications for the post of Kindergarten Assistant II (KGA II) within the Ministry for Education and Employment.
 
2.0 Terms and Conditions
 
2.1 This appointment is subject to a probationary period of six (6) months.
 
2.2 The salary for the post of KGA II is Salary Scale 12, that is, €16,492.00 per annum, rising by annual increments of €354.00 up to a maximum of €18,616.00.
 
2.3 A KGA II will progress to Scale 10 (€18,721.00 x €407.67 - €21,167.00) on completion of five (5) years’ service in the grade, subject to satisfactory performance.
 
2.4 A Kindergarten Assistant II shall receive an all-inclusive allowance of €300 per annum as stipulated in the agreement between the Government of Malta and the MUT signed on 23rd August 2010.
 
3.0 Duties
 
3.1 The duties and responsibilities of a KGA II shall include:
 
Educating children according to guidelines provided by the National Curriculum Framework under the overall guidance of the competent education authority in the early years sector;
 
Keeping up to date with changes in the early years curriculum, developments and best practice;
Facilitating the child’s holistic development by creating a stimulating and positive environment conducive to learning using informal creative play strategies;
 
Assisting a child’s language, physical, emotional and spiritual development by planning challenging but achievable experiences and activities;
 
Broadening the child’s knowledge and understanding of the world around him/her and the ability to respect cultural diversity;
 
Planning, preparing and carrying out educational activities which stimulate, foster and develop the child’s abilities, personal and social attitudes and values, autonomy and intellectual curiosity in consonance with foundation stage childhood development;
 
Developing and implementing work schemes and activity plans in line with the requirements of this early childhood education foundation stage;
 
Adopting and working towards the implementation of the school development plan of the particular school they are giving service in;
 
Organising and developing the kindergarten learning environment, visual aids and teaching and learning resources so as to foster enthusiasm for learning and help children achieve early learning curriculum goals; 
 
Carrying out age-appropriate activities to promote literacy through creativity, self-expressive arts − music and rhythm, drama and art;
 
Providing opportunities for pupils to socialise with peers and adults with whom they come in contact;
 
Enabling children to develop their gross motor control skills and physical capabilities so that they become independent according to their age;
 
Observing, assessing and recording the children’s development, progress and behaviour;
 
Providing supervision and help during meals, dressing and undressing and toileting. (It is understood that children attending kindergarten should generally be toilet trained before they start attending school);
 
Advising and collaborating with the Head of School, Assistant Head, other Kindergarten Assistants (KGAs), Learning Support Assistants, and education officials in the preparation and development of educational playgroup sessions, educational materials and programmes of work;
Participating in further training and on-going professional development as KGA, including participation in In-Service education and training courses as directed by the DES in consultation with the Union;
 
Maintaining high standards of professional practice and behaviour as well as order and discipline among children under one’s care thus safeguarding their health and safety at all times and locations;
 
Facilitating an effective transition process between child care and kindergarten, and between kindergarten and primary years. Establishing contact with parents prior to a child starting kindergarten and, where appropriate, visiting providers of pre-school care, such as day nurseries, so as to gain a better understanding of the child. Contact is also to be established with the Year 1 teacher. Individual assessment records shall constitute an important element of the transition process from one year to another. In cases of children with a disability, the KGA is to make contact with the early intervention teacher so as to ensure the continuity of the educational programme already initiated;
 
Given the staggered intake of children in kindergarten centres, KGAs shall be deployed on other school curricular, pedagogical and supervisory duties and/or professional development in relation to early childhood education and care until such time as they are assigned their group of children in the course of the scholastic year;
 
Participating in school-based staff development sessions and in School Development Planning (SDP) sessions; 
 
May be assigned groups of mixed ages;
 
Participating in mentoring sessions led by the Head of Department for the Early Years and/or the Assistant Head and/or the Head of School;
 
Encouraging participation in EU projects and other projects in accordance with the SDP targets and as agreed with the Senior Management Team;
 
An appointee may also be required to perform duties in Gozo;
 
Performing other duties or work as requested by the Director General MEDE;
 
· Performing any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary.
 
3.2 A selected candidate may be required to provide service in more than one school/centre as deemed necessary by the Education Authorities. A selected candidate may be deployed in Malta and/or Gozo according to the exigencies of the Malta Public Service and in particular the MEDE. 
 
4.0 Eligibility Requirements
 
4.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:
 
(i) (a) citizens of Malta; or
 
(b)  citizens of other Member States of the European Union who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters of employment by virtue of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
 
(c) citizens of any other country who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment by virtue of the application to that country of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
 
(d) any other persons who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment in terms of the law or the above-mentioned EU legislation and treaty provisions, on account of their family relationship with persons mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c); or 
 
(e) third country nationals who have been granted long-term resident status in Malta under regulation 4 of the “Status of Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2006” or who have been granted a residence permit under regulation 18(3) thereof, together with family members of such third country nationals who have been granted a residence permit under the “Family Reunification Regulations, 2007”. 
 
The advice of the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs within the Identity Malta Agency should be sought as necessary in the interpretation of the above provisions.
 
The appointment of candidates referred to at (b), (c), (d) and (e) above would necessitate the issue of an employment license in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation. Jobsplus should be consulted as necessary on this issue.
 
(ii) proficient in the Maltese and English languages;
 
(iii) in possession of a recognised Diploma, at MQF level 4 (subject to a minimum of 120 ECTS/ECVET or equivalent), in Early Childhood Education and Care;
 
For the purposes of paragraph 4.1 (iii), the Childcare Training Programme (0-3 years) together with the Certificate of Competence (0-5 years), or the Vocational Education and Training Award in Childcare (0-5 years), both qualifications issued by ETC and/or NCHFE together with Sectoral Skills Unit, are considered as equivalent to the Diploma, at MQF level 4, in Early Childhood Education and Care.
 
4.2 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specified subject requirements. A Master’s qualification at MQF Level 7, or equivalent, must comprise a minimum of 60 ECTS/ECVET credits with regard to programmes commencing as from October 2008.
 
Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVET credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a recognized MQF level programme of study, as required in the afore-mentioned eligibility criteria or higher, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.
 
4.3 Public Officers holding a grade in a particular stream, and who were granted Officer in Scale status by virtue of a Grievances Unit decision in the same scale as that of a higher grade in that stream, are eligible to apply for grades open to officers holding such higher grade within the stream that carries the same scale as that of the Officer in Scale status.
 
The years of service since the effective date of appointment as Officer in Scale are reckonable for the purpose of satisfying any requisite years of service stipulated in calls for applications.
 
Any other eligibility requisites for the post must be met in terms of this call for applications.
 
4.4 Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the post applied for (applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service must produce a Service and Leave Record Form (GP 47); those applying from outside the Service must produce a Certificate of Conduct issued by the Police or other competent authority not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application and state whether they have ever been in Government Service, giving details).
  
4.5 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 4.1 to 4.4 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
4.6 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MQRIC recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MQRIC, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link below). 
 
5.0 Submission of Supporting Documentation
 
5.1 Qualifications and experience claimed must be supported by certificates and/or testimonials, copies of which should be uploaded on the edurecruitment portal (https://edurecruitment.gov.mt), when you apply. Diploma/Degree/Post-graduate certificates or comparable qualifications must be accompanied by a transcript (Diploma/Certificate supplement) in English, showing the degree obtained and the final classification.
 
5.2 Original certificates and/or testimonials are to be invariably produced for verification at the interview.
 
6.0 Selection Procedure
 
6.1 Eligible applicants will be assessed by a selection board to determine their suitability for the post. The maximum mark for this selection process is 400 and the pass mark is 200,
 
6.2 Due consideration will be given to applicants who, besides the requisites indicated in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.3, have proven relevant work experience.
 
7.0 Submission of applications
 
7.1 Applications together with an updated service and leave record form (GP47) in the case of Public Officers, and a summary of qualifications and experience in the curriculum vitae are to be submitted through the online education recruitment portal ONLY at the following address: (http://edurecruitment.gov.mt) by not later than noon (Central European Time) of Friday, 24th November, 2017. An automatic receipt will be sent to your email informing you that your application was submitted successfully. Should you require assistance with the application kindly contact Customer Care on telephone numbers 2598 and ext. 2463/2461/2467/2334/2437/2436/2455.
 
7.2 Applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last day to submit their applications since heavy internet traffic or a fault with the internet connection could lead to difficulties in submission. MEDE cannot be held responsible for any delay due to such difficulties. 
 
7.3 Further details concerning the submission of applications are contained in the general provisions referred to below.
8.0 Other General Provisions
 
8.1 Other general provisions concerning this call for applications, with particular reference to:
 
applicable benefits, conditions and rules/regulations;
reasonable accommodation for registered persons with disability;
submission of recognition statements in respect of qualifications;
publication of the result;
medical examination;
the process for the submission of petitions concerning the result;
access to application forms and related details (not applicable in view of paragraph 7.1);
retention of documents,
 
may be viewed by accessing the website of the People and Standards Division (https://publicservice.gov.mt/en/people/Pages/PeopleResourcingandCompliance/FormsandTemplates.aspx). These general provisions are to be regarded as an integral part of this call for applications.
 
10th November, 2017