Early Years Practitioner
37.0 Hours per Week
Following a recent restructure, we have created a number of new positions, including Early Years Practitioners to join our team and support our Children and Young People within Solihull.
In Solihull we are committed to transforming life chances by holding children and young people at the heart of everything we do. We are ambitious for children and young people ensuring all have access to a high quality inclusive education which empowers them to lead independent and successful lives. It is an exciting time on our improvement journey and we are looking for people with a real passion and enthusiasm to help shape the future of our Services.
The new Early Years’ Service brings together the statutory and non-statutory duties in relation to improving outcomes and reducing inequalities for all young children aged 0-5 into a single team. The service focuses upon building the quality capacity of early years’ providers across the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sector, whilst creating the flexibility to provide an early help offer and higher level of intervention for those children with the most complex needs through support, assessment places and commissioning more specialist provision.
As an Early Years Practitioner, you will:
- Enable pre-school children with additional needs and SEND to learn and develop to their full potential.
- Offer support to SEND children within the home, targeted group, or education/child care setting.
- Work with a wide range of professionals and parents to ensure children are supported through the Graduated Approach of Early Help and Support
- Contribute to multi agency assessments of children’s educational needs
You will have:
- A minimum of an NVQ Level 4 in Early Years or Education OR equivalent experience in a relevant field.
- Evidence of continual professional development - SEND qualification or Early Years SENCO training or related subjects
- Experience of a key worker role, including identifying children’s needs and planning to meet these
- Experience of supporting Inclusion for children with SEN and disabilities – and creating plans for settings and individual children
These are rewarding roles which will challenge you and help shape crucial services for children across the Solihull borough.
These roles are currently based in our collaborative open plan office space with options of working from home. The office is based in Central Solihull within walking distance of our shops and local amenities.
We also offer:
- Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year
- A comprehensive training and development programme
- Generous annual leave entitlements with opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
- Family and carer friendly policies
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme and staff discounts.
For further information or an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Lisa Morris, Early Years Team Manager on Tel: 0121 704 6150 or Mobile: 07786277292
Interviews will be held on the 22nd October 2021.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our interview process is kept under constant review and alternatives to face to face interviews such as video conferencing / virtual interviews may be required. The interview process for this role will be confirmed upon shortlisting based on the guidance at that time and shortlisted candidates will be informed and advised accordingly.
Please note we do not accept CVs. Previous applicants need not apply.
The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Not Required .
This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: DBS Enhanced Children .
Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.
Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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