Preschool principal wanted

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 November, 2008, 12:00am

If you have a passion for working with children in their early school years and a desire for leadership, read on.

The biggest provider of English medium education in Asia wants to recruit a principal for its new kindergarten. The English Schools Foundation (ESF) operates 20 schools within Hong Kong.

The ESF kindergarten's curriculum is structured on the National Curriculum of England and Wales and is also strongly influenced by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Once the kindergarten is full, it will be staffed by up to 30 people, including teachers, educational assistants, administrative and janitorial staff.

'The successful candidate will be responsible for all leadership, management, teaching and learning within the school,' said Ann Pearce, chief operating officer of ESF Educational Services.

'If somebody is looking for an opportunity to develop from an international perspective, whether that is a first move overseas or whether they want to develop their experience internationally, this is a good career move.

'ESF has a large network of schools and the foundation is very much at the forefront of international education provision.'

The ideal candidate must have a bachelor's degree in teaching and should be an early childhood specialist. The new principal will not only deal with young children but also be required to support a team of staff. Duties include ensuring that the kindergarten operates effectively and that its curriculum is delivered to the highest standard possible.

'Within Hong Kong, the standards of the kindergartens that we operate are very high,' Ms Pearce said. 'We are looking for someone whose passion is the preschool years.' The ideal recruit should have warmth, support and love for children.

Applicants should also be reliable, self-directed and be able to form relationships at every level so that they can link with children, lead and support staff and communicate well with parents and caregivers. The ability to engender parents' support and confidence is another hugely important part of this role.

'We are looking for someone who can lead their team and take the school forward,' Ms Pearce said. 'It's a fascinating position as you are setting up a new school - and it's an opportunity to introduce your own aspects of what you want in the school.'

The successful candidate must also be able to implement ESF standards within the school and must have strong leadership and managerial skills.

As the ESF is strongly committed to developing and enhancing the professional development of all its employees, there are ample opportunities, both within the organisation and externally, for training and skills enhancement, depending on the needs of the individual post holder.