Children’s Home Administrator and Team Assistant

  • Part-time
  • Department: Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust
  • Service type: Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust

Company Description

Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust is a charity which creates life-changing, education-focused children’s homes, to ensure that children in care have the same opportunities as everyone else. We believe that children growing up in residential care should go on to achieve great things, and lead fulfilling lives. We believe that social pedagogy, a focus on education, people, and place, is the best approach to supporting young people.

In February 2022, we opened our first children's home in Sutton, which can support up to six 12-18 year olds. It is an award-winning building, and sets a new standard for children's homes in the UK. You can read more about the home here, and see a virtual tour of the building here. We are in the process of acquiring a property for our second children's home, and as we continue to grow, we are excited to welcome new team members who are passionate about our mission.

You can read more about how we're having a positive impact in our Annual Report 2021-2022.

Job Description

As the Children’s Home Administrator and Team Assistant based in our children’s home, you will make a significant contribution to the smooth running of the organisation. Key responsibilities include: 

  • Children’s home maintenance – Carry out day-to-day management and maintenance of the home, including overseeing the maintenance log, liaising with contractors and ordering supplies. 

  • Health and safety – Take on the role of Health and Safety rep for the home, and conduct regular health and safety risk assessments and checks to ensure we remain compliant with regulations. 

  • Support the team and children – Provide practical assistance to the team and children, such as running errands and helping with school runs. 

  • Finances and reporting – Assist with the financial management of our home and organisation, including invoices, expenses, children’s pocket money and petty cash. 

  • Administrative support – Manage the office operations, maintain accurate records and order supplies, attend meetings, diary management, manage IT equipment, and train staff on systems. 

  • Staff and professional development – Maintain staff records such as timesheets, DBS checks and training records and assist with the recruitment and induction of new staff.  

You can see the full job description and person specification here


Essential criteria include: 

  • Experience providing administrative and coordination support to a team. 

  • Experience in office / building / facilities maintenance.

  • Ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively both orally and in writing with children and adults.  

  • Well organised with strong administrative skills and able to prioritise and plan own workload 

You can see the full job description and person specification here

Want to speak to us to find out more? We are keen to have an informal chat with anyone interested in applying or wanting to learn more about the role. You can book a 15-minute call with the team by clicking this link, to select a time that works for you, or email [email protected].

Additional Information

Salary: £26,000 - £30,000 FTE (pro-rata for part time hours)
Hours of work: Part-time - 16 - 20 hours across 4 or 5 days
Contract: Permanent

Application Process

Please upload your CV and submit a cover letter in the 'Message to Hiring Manager' box that outlines: 

  • Why you are interested in working for Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust.
  • How you meet the requirements in the person specification.


Successful applicants will be invited to a first-stage telephone interview.

Following the telephone interview, the final stage will be an in-person interview.

*Interviews will be held on a rolling basis and we may appoint before the closing date for applications, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will not be able to consider any applications that only provide a CV.

Safer Recruitment 

At Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust, we safeguard all children and young people in our care. As part of our recruitment process, we conduct rigorous checks and vetting of all applicants, in line with legal and regulatory requirements and best practices. 

Everyone who works in our homes will be responsible for safeguarding young people and putting their safety and wellbeing first.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (police records) check, including overseas police checks where necessary. Please note that this post is exempt from the limitations of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and as such, all previous cautions and convictions will need to be disclosed as part of any application.

For further information about the process, please go to: 

See the benefits of working for Catch22 here.

Unless otherwise stated, interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

At Catch22 we value equality, diversity and inclusion. We are wholeheartedly committed to the principle of equality of opportunity, both as an employer and as a provider of services. Diversity and Inclusion is part of what we do every day, working to deliver our vision to build a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose, and a good place to live.

Catch22 is committed to rigorous safeguarding and safer recruitment practices; ensuring that every individual within the organisation has been safely and appropriately checked.

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