Oldbury or Smethwick, West MidlandsCirca £21,100 Per Annum Pro Rata
Full Time - Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2022 (37 hours a week)
Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.
The Early Years worker post plays an essential role in providing support to families through Earl years sessions across Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Smethwick and Oldbury . They work in partnership with other agencies such as health visitors, midwives and local schools to support children and young people aged 0 to 19 – (up to 25 if SEND). They offer them a secure base, creating learning and developmental opportunities, building aspirations as well as ensuring to keep the children and young people safe.
As a Childrens and Families Practitioner your role is to provide a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for the children and young people to learn and develop. To plan and provide Early years sessions for children 0-3years covering a range of activities including baby massage, messy play, junior explorers all based on the EYFS. You will also be the lead Senco for the family offer for Smethwick and Oldbury.
You will make a difference by:
-Providing and being responsible for a responsive, high quality and customer focused service to users, their families and our partners based on an assessment of need that is regularly and professionally reviewed and is outcomes driven.
- Delivering early years sessions with children and families in a group or community setting.
- Leading on Early years Send for Oldbury and Smethwick on a group and 1-1 basis.
- Developing effective working relationships, using various channels of communication with Action for Children colleagues, partner agencies and other external agencies.
- Consistently applying Action for Children's and professional practice standards and to ensure their implementation as necessary and to be proactive in their implementation.
- Referring appropriate cases and issues that require the involvement of a specialist, other management support or to directly provide the specialist support.
- Attending meetings i.e. service planning meetings, home or site visits and conference meetings with external agencies.
- Ensuring that management information from cases managed or supported is duly uploaded into the appropriate databases.
You will need:
-NVQ level 3 in child care or relevant qualification/experience.
- Experience of working with vulnerable families.
- Experience of carrying out effective family support assessments leading to improved outcomes for children and families.
- Experience of completing direct work with children ( 0 – 8yrs) including setting up and running sessions with adults and children.
- In depth knowledge of safeguarding.
- Knowledge and practical experience of SEND in the Early years.
- Experience of working in multi-agency and supporter settings.
- Strong communication skills & a commitment to caring.
- Access to a car & driving licence would be an advantage (frequent travel between all 5 bases).
The way we workWe work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.
Rewards We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.For safe and happy childhoodsAt Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.
For more information, please contact Sam Richardson on 07935545059 or email Samantha.Richardson3@actionforchildren.org.ukWe are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.
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