Job details

Reference number - 2242-2806

Location - Portsmouth, Hampshire

Salary - Band 7 £23,866 - £28,221 p.a.

Job type/hours - Maternity cover for up to one year - Full Time

Closing time/date, midnight, on the 24th of March 2019 

Applications received after this may not be considered.

Interviews will be held on the 3rd of April 2019


We are looking for a professional to deliver home based Portage and home/nursery based Portage Plus (for preschool children with social communication needs) to an allocated caseload ensuring the principles of Portsmouth City Council Inclusion Service and Portage are upheld. You will be working in partnership with families and carers helping them understand their child's needs, to be able to learn strategies, techniques and skills together. Using these approaches you will teach parents and practitioners how to help the child learn, play, participate and be included in their community. A Portage Visitor provides teaching and support tailored to each child and family’s individual needs. This is a varied and challenging role, where each visit will be different.


You need to have a minimum early year’s qualification at NVQ3 in Early Years & Education or relevant professional qualification such as teaching, social worker or nursing with an underpinning knowledge of child development and have attended the certified National Portage Association training.


Ideally acquired other relevant training in the field of SEND such as Makaton, PECS, Autism, PMLD, sensory needs.   With broad and extensive experience of working directly with young children with SEND / disability / developmental delay.


It is essential to have daily use of a car as you will be managing your own caseload, visiting families across the city and transporting equipment.


If applying as a secondment you will need permission from your current line manager releasing you for this secondment.  Please state you have this on your application form.


Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

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