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Early Years - Project Co-ordinator and Business Support Adviser

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£30,296 - £34,834 per annum
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Job Type
Education - non-schools based
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

Job Details

12 Month Fixed Term Contract. Internal secondment applications will be considered.

Full time, 37 hours per week.

Are you committed to transforming life chances by holding children and young people at the heart of everything you do? 

Our ambition in Solihull is for all our children and young people to have access to a high-quality inclusive education which empowers them to lead independent and successful lives.  We want you to help us make this happen.  As a Project Co-ordinator you will help the Solihull early education and wrap around expansion team to meet Department for Education and local deadlines. The role will also include supporting settings to be financially sound and sustainable whilst meeting statutory requirements. 

We are looking for an Early Years Project Co-ordinator and Business Support Adviser to join our Early Years Team, to support settings and the wider expansion team. We need people with a real passion and enthusiasm to help shape the future of our services and the lives of young children. We are looking for people who have supported in a setting to understand their business position and take action to be financially sound. High quality provision is critical as we expand the education entitlement and wrap around care.

The 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 and 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 in both homes and their setting. They work closely with a range of Local Authority and health services.

You will: 

  • Co-ordinate the wrap around and early education expansion team to help meet national and local deadlines.
  • Provide business support and advice to early education funded settings and schools.
  • Help the local authority to meet its statutory duty to secure sufficient quality early education and childcare provision.

You will have:

  • At least a Level 3 or equivalent in Early Years and Childcare and/or Business administration and management.
  • Evidence of business management in early years and the ability to analyse and advise on financial leadership at a time of change.
  • Experience of supporting others in early years and a good understanding of the current climate and guidance available to steer local authorities and settings through the roll out of the national programme.

This is an exciting new role which will challenge you and your ability to support settings and staff, and communicate and explain best practice in business management.

We have an office base in central Solihull within walking distance of shops and local amenities but with the option to work at home when completing visit notes and preparing for visits. Much of your role will be working in early years settings. 

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 or via e mail at  or 

Interviews will be held on 16 July 2024.

Please note we do not accept CVs. 

This post will require an Enhanced DBS check.

An online search will be carried out for all shortlisted candidates.

Internal secondment applicants must request approval from their line manager before applying for this post.

This is an essential car user post as the demands of the job make it operationally essential and there is a contractual requirement to make a suitable vehicle available to ensure the requirements of the job can be carried out effectively.

Applicants must be able to drive, have a driving licence and be a car owner or have use of a car, however for disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required.

This post if covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. 

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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. 


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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

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.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Council House
Manor Square
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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