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Children's Centre Practitioner - Kingston
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Children's Centre Practitioner - Kingston
Salary - £26,520 - £28,992 | Based in Kingston | Permanent   | Full-time 36 hours 

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further,  we want to hear from you.  We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the role
We are looking for a Children’s Centre Practitioner to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and qualified practitioner with a good knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and proven experience of supporting children's learning and development in the early years, together with experience of supporting families, especially those families that may be considered vulnerable or at risk of poor outcomes. 

As a Children's Centre Practitioner your main duties will include:
  • Delivery of sessions such as Stay & Play, Messy Play, etc to support children's learning & development virtually and on site.
  • Modelling of best practice and supporting parental knowledge of how children learn 
  • Associated planning & evaluation for such sessions 
  • Recording observations of learning and tracking children's progress 
  • Evaluating the impact of provision for children and parents /carers
The post holder will be line managed by a Children’s Centre Lead Practitioner to plan and deliver a range of activities to meet identified needs at sites across the Borough thereby requiring the ability to travel across this given area. 

About AfC
We are a not-for-profit 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. To find out more about us click here.

About you
The Children's Centre Practitioner post is based within the Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. The team work together to identify current needs of children and families to ensure that necessary services are provided. This Practitioner role involves planning for and delivery of sessions across a range of sites and virtually.

The Children’s Centres are operative 52 weeks a year and the successful post holder will be required to work throughout the year. These are not term time only posts. 

If you are committed to making a difference to the lives of young children and are looking for an opportunity to work more closely with their families then this could be the role for you. In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. 

About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures.
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all.
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation.
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here.

Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply
If you would like more information about this role please see our role profile.  Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role, as outlined in the role profile.

Closing Date: 16th April 2021
Interview date: Week commencing 26th April 2021

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Brenda Wood, Children's Centre Manager, on to request an informal discussion.

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.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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