Early Years Lead Practitioner

Location
Council House, Solihull
Salary
£37890 to £43857
Posted
12 Nov 2021
Closes
28 Nov 2021
Job Ref
SOL000004342
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Part-Time

Hours:
30.0 Hours per Week

Following a recent restructure, we have created a number of new positions, including Early Years Lead 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.

You will:

  • Ensure children in Early Years’ settings achieve positive outcomes and transfer effectively into statutory education.
  • Empower educational settings to develop inclusive practice and environments and confidently support children with additional needs (including SEND)
  • Take a lead role in ensuring individual children have their needs identified and assessed early by settings and receive the holistic support they need to respond to these.

You will have:

  • A relevant professional qualification in education (B.Ed, PGCE, Cert Ed), health, social work or other related field equivalent to Level 5.
  • Evidence of continual professional development e.g. SEND qualification or training, Early Years SENCO training
  • Experience of holistic assessment, planning and review of support for children with additional needs/SEND
  • Experience of multi-agency working and working across organisational boundaries

These are rewarding roles which will challenge you and your ability to support staff, and communicate and explain complex decisions and processes to settings and parents.

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:

  • Generous annual leave entitlements with opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
  • Flexible working, including additional flexi leave up to 24 days per year
  • A comprehensive training and development programme
  • 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 07786277292 or email lmorris@solihull.gov.uk

Closing Date - end of 28th November 2021

Interview Date: 9th December 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.

Supporting documents
Job Description & Person Specification (Child Specific)

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