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Hi folks,

Can someone please give their take on having a named deputy?

 

Is this just an 'internal' decision so everyone knows who takes charge/responsiblity when I'm not there..... or does it need to be named/shown in documentation, staff displays etc.

 

We've had a shuffle round with staff and its been hard, but my 'second-in-command' doesn't want it broadcast that she is "only the deputy"....... and I'm not sure that this meets the requirements.....

 

I personally think that parents should know the structure of the staff, she thinks thats only because I'm now the lead! :o

 

Any advice, ideas or views would be very much appreciated! I would like to get rid of our job titles and start again.....

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Hi

 

I have always had a named deputy, page 20 of EYF 2014 states "The provider must ensure there is a named deputy who, in their judgement, is capable and qualified to take charge in the manager’s absence"

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Yes,you have to have one. Parents or anyone else should also know who to speak to if you are not available etc.

Sounds to me like you just need to sort out your internal politics as it is not really helpful or in the best interests of the setting to have issues like this

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Same as the others have said, you have to have a named deputy.

I'm guessing that as a deputy she will have some designated responsibilities in the setting, so could you have a staff display with your photos, qualifications and roles underneath, like SENCo, behaviour officer, Child Protection Officer etc, so parents (and other staff) can see that everyone has a share of taking responsibilities for things and that being 'only the deputy' comes with it's own specialist areas of knowledge?

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I would be concerned that she saw being only the deputy as a role she does not want to be seen responsible for.. was she hoping to get the lead so feels she does not want parents to know she is not..

What has been done in the past? has the role been documented and parents informed before.. if so no reason not to do it now..

if the person is not happy with it I would consider them not suitable for the role.. Parents do need to know who to talk to when lead is not available..

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You do require a named person to deputise in the leads absence.

This should be documented and parents should be aware of your staff structure.

Sorry a little confused by your post, was she the lead and is now not. Did she want the role and didn't get it.

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