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Early Years services need to make sure that they have clear management structures and identify lines of accountability and authority. This means you need clear written documentation of who is responsible for what.

You will need to ensure that all persons have good, robust, clear job descriptions including Boards of Directors. (Ref: The Child Care Act 1991 [Early Years Services] Regulations 2016)

This is a good time to review current job descriptions and ensure that they accurately reflect the role and responsibility of the job. A robust job description is a useful tool in relation to support and supervision, performance appraisals and day to day accountability for the job.

Community based services who are registered charities are required to have job descriptions for Directors under the Charities Act, 2009. It is also good governance practice generally and recommended for all community-based services.