Early Years Worker
Action for Children
Watford, GB
4d ago

Salary : Circa £17,200 per annum pro rata, which equates to £13,946

Contract / Hours : Permanent, Part-Time (working 30 hours a week) - generally Monday to Friday

Location : Ballymena

Perks : Annual leave of 29 days (pro-rata) PLUS public holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, 7% employer contribution pension scheme, employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, check out more on our careers portal.

Closing Date : Midnight on 26th January 2022 - if we receive a high number of applications, we may have to close earlier than advertised.

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Action for Children so here's what you need to know .

About Us

At Action for Children, we believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK.

We work to ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting change to their lives.

About the Role :

Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start provides a range of health, play & learning and parenting support services to children, from pre-birth up to four years, and their families.

The project comprises a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team and works in close partnership with a range of local Statutory, Voluntary and Community service providers to promote effective service delivery in response to the needs of the expectant parents, children and families across the designated SureStart areas.

Hours of work are usually 9-4.30 Monday and Tuesday, 9-5 Wednesday, 9-2 Thursday and 9-1 on Friday but can be subject to change to meet the needs of the service.

As an Early Years Worker, you'll be :

  • Working as part of a team within the creche and Developmental Programme for 2-3 year olds to support children's personal, social, emotional, cognitive and SLC skills.
  • Using a range of tools to monitor and assess the children's progress and development.
  • Providing support within group play sessions as well as undertaking a range of home visits to support with the development of play skills.
  • Working flexibly within the Antrim and Ballymena localities as services are provided from 3 centre bases across the localities, within the home setting or through outreach activities to local pre-school, Church and Community settings.
  • Developing successful relationships with children and their families.
  • Observing and tracking children's development and sharing this with parents / carers and other professionals.
  • Being responsible for the planning, development and delivery of individual and group-based services, which support families in providing their children with the best start in life.
  • What You'll Bring :

    Our job description for the Early Years Worker outlines the requirements of the role but the must-haves' are :

  • A minimum Diploma Level 2 in Childcare or equivalent relevant qualification (applications will be considered from those who are working towards the achievement of a relevant qualification).
  • Experience of working with children aged under 4 years.
  • A genuine interest in childcare and a true passion and love for children.
  • A thorough understanding of child protection and Safeguarding.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • An understanding of the physical, intellectual, linguistic, social and emotional growth as part of child development.
  • An ability to understand and support transitions for children.
  • The ability to travel across Antrim and Ballymena on a regular basis. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.
  • Working here is so much more than a job. Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

    We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. A diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with and we welcome applications from everyone.

    We value and celebrate our differences and as an inclusive workplace we want everyone to be themselves.

    We 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.

    We can't wait to hear from you stay safe and happy.

    Application Process : There are 5 sections for you to complete, Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

    Top Tip... Refer to the job description when writing your Supporting Statement.

    Talent Pool : We'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up but do let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

    Contact : Emma Goodwin on 01923 361725 who will be happy to support with your application.

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