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Children's Centre Lead Practitioner
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Salary: AFC FAMSUP sp 33-36 (£37,842- £40,728 pa)
Appointment Type: Permanent 
Job Term: Part Time, 18 hours 
Location: Richmond

About the Role

We are looking for a Children’s Centre Lead Practitioner to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change.
Line managed by the Children’s Centre Manager you will be a Lead Practitioner working primarily with children aged 0-5 years and their families delivering and supporting children’s centre activities on Children’s Centre sites, other community sites and settings such as schools, preschools, day-care providers on an outreach basis. This will involve delivery of universal provision and targeted group work


  • To be responsible for supporting learning and development of all children attending the Centre sessions through the planning and delivery of high quality sessions in accordance with the EYFS across the 0-5 age range, and through supporting Centre practitioners to deliver quality experiences.
  • To highlight learning & progress made through children’s attendance at sessions – through direct conversation with parents, leading discussions, interactive displays, information booklets & leaflets.
  • To support parental knowledge of child development and the importance of learning through play and promote an effective home learning environment.
  • To be responsible for tracking children’s longer term progress in settings and schools, being able to demonstrate the impact of Centre involvement for children.
  • To support all Centre team members to identify and support children with additional needs and their families at the earliest opportunity through children’s centre activities.
  • To deliver parenting and training programmes – particularly ‘Positive Start’ and workshops relating to learning &development, in conjunction with other settings where appropriate.
  • To support the monitoring, evaluating and gathering of evidence required to assess and review the impact of provision. Work in line with the Safeguarding Policy of Achieving for Children as a designated Safeguarding Officer.
  • Direct line manager responsibilities of the Practitioner roles within the borough

About us
Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services.

We have been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

About You
Are you hardworking, energetic, committed and passionate about helping young children and their families improve their outcomes! If so we need you! To be a Children’s Centre Lead Practitioner for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. 

Find out more
For more information about AfC and the role please click here

To view the job description and person specification for this role please click here

Alternatively, you can attend one of our Recruitment Drop-Ins to 'Meet the Employer', which we hold every last Thursday or Friday of each month. To register for a drop in session, please click here

Benefits of working for Achieving for Children

As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.

The successful candidate will have access to;
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
  • A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
  • Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
  • Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
  • Funding for post qualifying courses
  • Access to our broad learning and development offer, see here
  • An annual leave entitlement of up to 30 daysA day off for your birthday
  • Offer to buy extra annual leave daysA bespoke employee well-being offer
  • Opportunities to utilise the support from the Social Work Teaching partnership
  • Use of Zip car scheme/ car pool schemeSubsidised staff benefits
  • Discount season ticket loan Cycle to work scheme
  • Parking allocation
  • Welcome payment offered through the refer a friend scheme
You will find out more about our organisation at

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.

Advert closing date: 10/11/2019
Interview date: 25/11/2019

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