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Children's Centre Practitioner
 
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Children's Centre Practitioner
Salary: scp 15 - 20 (£25,809 - £28,215) per annum
Job Term: Permanent
Hours: Full-Time
Location: Richmond

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

About the role
  • Delivery of sessions such as Stay & Play, Messy Play, etc to support children's learning & development
  • 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
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
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. 

We are looking for 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. 
  • The post holder will be line managed by the 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.
  • The FT practitioner post is based within the Richmond Borough, 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.
  • 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. 
To be a Children’s Centre 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

Benefit 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

  • A competitive salary up to £28,215 per annum

  • Funding for post qualifying courses

  • Access to our broad learning and development offer, see here

  • An annual leave entitlement of up to 30 days

  • A day off for your birthday

  • Offer to buy extra annual leave days

  • A bespoke employee well-being offer

  • Opportunities to utilise the support from the Social Work Teaching partnership

  • Use of Zip car scheme/ car pool scheme

  • Subsidised staff benefits

  • Discount season ticket loan Cycle to work scheme

  • Parking allocation

  • Welcome payment offered through the refer a friend scheme

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 DBS 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.


Closing date:10th November 2019

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