Quality Improvement and Safeguarding Strategy Manager
Birmingham City Council is looking for a new Strategic Lead in Quality Improvement and Safeguarding. This is an exciting and rare opportunity for a full time Grade 6 officer to work within the leadership team of the Early Years and Childcare Service, within one of the biggest local authorities in Europe, which is working at pace to be a 21st Century Council.
The service leads on ensuring there is sufficient, good quality childcare for children aged 0-14 (16 with SEN) and access to early education places for all 3 and 4 year olds and targeted 2 year olds. This role leads on ensuring there is a range of support for early years and childcare settings in the city that includes information, advice, challenge and CPD opportunities to the workforce, and to strengthen the safeguarding practices. This ultimately means delivering services that will support achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people in Birmingham so that they are enabled to thrive and achieve their full potential.
Reporting to the Head of Early Years and Childcare, you will form part of the strategic leadership team. You will:-
- provide operational leadership, vision and direction to the area of quality improvement and safeguarding for childcare settings for children aged 0 -14 (16 for children with SEND) and early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds as defined within the Childcare Act 2006, and 2016.
- be responsible and accountable for ensuring the service area achieves its strategic plans by promoting an appropriate culture, empowering others and demonstrating high practice standards.
This role offers the opportunity to deliver improved outcomes for children through the provision of high quality free early learning entitlements. It also comes with the responsibility for and management of a large team with associated budgets.
Applicants will be expected to meet the requirements of the attached person specification.
You will be a well experienced Early Years professional with management and leadership skills in childcare and/or early years education services.
You will have sound understanding of early education and childcare policy, practice and the relevant legislative frameworks such as Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, Local Authority statutory duties in respect of childcare sufficiency for children aged 0 -14 (16 for children with SEND) and early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds as defined within the Childcare Act 2006 and 2016, and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021.
Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.
For informal enquires please contact Lindsey Trivett on 07766 924083 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken
Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may need to apply for a visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council for a skilled worker visa (if the job is eligible).
Job Description and Person Specification