Job details

Reference number - 2564-3250

Location - Portsmouth

Salary - £19,619 - £21,256 p.a.

Job type/hours - Permanent, 37 hours per week

Closing date - 5.00pm, 15 September 2019

Are you an experienced early years practitioner with a passion for working with children who have a Special Education Need or Disability (SEND)? Are you able to demonstrate a range of excellent skills, which would provide others with inspiration? Do you understand the challenges settings may have in meeting the individual needs of children and a creative approach to solving them? If so, you might be the person we are looking for.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

As part of the Early Years and Childcare Services, the inclusion team aim to improve and support outcomes for young children who are identified with or at risk of having a Special Education Need or Disability (SEND). Our support to registered early years and childcare providers helps them to deliver high quality, inclusive provision in partnership with parents and families and other services such as health.

Working as part of this team you will:

  • Provide support, guidance and advice to settings that extends and enhances their inclusive practice and provision for children with SEND. This may include the use of early identification tools, supporting assessment, planning for progress and measuring impact.
  • Model evidence based strategies and interventions and support their implementation in settings
  • Contribute to and support the delivery of training across the wider Service
  • Engage and liaise with early year's providers, health visitors, Portage and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of SEND outreach, avoiding duplication
  • Support settings in developing their understanding of the Portsmouth Local Offer and Ordinarily Available Provision
  • Communicate  with Early Years Panel, providing updates and following up actions arising from Panel decisions
  • Collect and submit data in line with agreed procedures and deadlines
  • Keep up to date with national and local initiatives and relevant SEND legislation
  • Carry out the responsibilities of the post at all times with due regard to equal opportunities and diversity, the Data Protection Act, and Information Sharing guidelines

What you'll need to succeed

Qualified to NVQ Level 3 chidcare, health and social care or with equivalent experience, you will have experience of services for and working with individual children and families in health, social care, education or the voluntary sector.

What you'll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the "Job Profile" and the "How to Apply" to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

How to apply

You can apply by post or email. Please see the 'How to apply' document below.