Salary: £27041 – £32910
Shift hours: Full Time
The role of the Early Years’ Service is to:
- Lead and facilitate strategic development for Early Years across the City, working with a range of partners
- Raise educational standards and quality in private, voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare provision and Schools, for children aged birth to 5 years
- Provide market management to secure sufficient registered childcare and education places
- Secure and fund early years provision which is free of charge to parents
- Provide advice and guidance to extended childcare provision for children beyond the age of 5 years.
It is also the role of the team to provide childcare related advice to parents and carers. Early years officers liaise with PVI providers, schools, parents/carers and other external agencies to achieve the best outcomes for young children.
What is the job role?
Please note that we are recruiting to 2 posts:
1 full-time (37 hours per week)
1 part-time (27 hours a week)
We are seeking to appoint a motivated and passionate early years practitioner to join our successful team within the Early Years’ Service.
The purpose of this role is:
- To be responsible for working in partnership with Private, Voluntary, Independent (PVI) providers, maintained nursery schools and classes, childminders and out of school provision, offering targeted support to the sector in proportion to needs to improve educational outcomes for children, close the attainment gap and ensure statutory compliance.
- To support the Early Years’ Service to meet the Local Authorities statutory duties regarding funding entitlements and sufficiency- in particular for the most vulnerable.
The postholder will work in Early Years settings and Schools across the city. They will work alongside senior officers within the Early Years Service, supporting delivery of the full remit of the Local Authorities statutory duty for early years https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-education-and-childcare–2
The successful candidate will work with existing and potential childcare providers to help to facilitate the delivery of sufficient sustainable, high quality childcare, focusing on places in areas where there are gaps, to meet the demand for 2, 3 and 4 year old places, including the extended entitlement.
This role involves providing support in relation to funding-related queries, issues or concerns and ensuring that funding has been claimed in accordance with funding conditions.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Who are we looking for?
The successful candidate will be open minded, flexible and excited about the development of new ideas and initiatives. They will have excellent communication skills and the ability to provide challenge in a way that facilitates change, whilst sustaining positive relationships and engagement.
- GCSE or equivalent to grade C or above in both English and Maths
- Evidence of recent, relevant professional development activities
- Relevant Level 5 qualification or above as defined by the Early Years Qualification List issued by the Department of Education.
Or: Holds Early Years Professional / Early Years Teacher status
Or: Relevant related qualification, e.g., National Professional Qualification for Integrated Childrens Centre Leadership
Or: A Level 4 qualification will be considered where there is also substantial relevant skills and experience in relation to this role
The post would suit an senior early years practitioner or current adviser who has extensive leadership experience and has worked beyond their own organisation in providing support, advice and training.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and experiences related to:
- A clear philosophy for Early Years education with the ability to articulate this
- Sufficient knowledge and expertise in the areas of early years leadership, teaching and learning, environment, sufficiency, market management and early education entitlement funding arrangements.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and leadership skills with the ability to form strong relationships, motivate and influence teams and secure high performance.
- The ability to promote and safeguard the welfare of children who live or access services within Coventry
We can offer:
- Friendly, supportive and highly motivated staff
- A strong commitment to raising standards
- Excellent opportunities to build experience working across the remit of early years education
Your application should:
- Describe what attracts you to this role and how your experience relates to the opportunities and challenges presented by this post.
- Outline your experience leading and developing teams, with reference to any improvement secured through a process of change
- Detail how you meet the person specification, with clear evidence of your impact.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’
Interview date: Week commencing 10 May 2021
Introduction to Coventry City Council
Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There’s a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you’re happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We’ve created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;
- Flexible working arrangements
- Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
- Pay progression through multiple increments
- Outstanding local government pension scheme
- Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
- Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
- Vibrant employee networks
Location: Coventry, CV1 2GN