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Early Years - Early Intervention Officer (EIO)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part Time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part Time (Term time)
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 17/10/2018 23:59
£28,221 - £30,756 (pro-rated to your hours)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Early Years
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Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS3
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Job details 

Closing date:
17 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

This is a diverse and exciting role which will suit a flexible, creative, early years specialist with extensive knowledge of and expertise in the Code of Practice and wide ranging skills in working with SEND children and their families.

This is a job share post where you will work closely with both your job share partner and other colleagues within the Early Years Team. The working days for this post are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This role includes some pre planned evening and weekend work for which time back in lieu will be given. This is currently term time only, with the possible option of working all year round.

As a member of the Early Years Team, you will work closely with other Early Intervention Officers, Setting Support Officers and Education Advisers, to ensure preschool, nursery and childminding settings across South Gloucestershire, are supported to develop and embed inclusive practice in order to meet the needs of the children in their care. This will involve a diverse range of tasks such as leading training, role modelling practical strategies in settings alongside practitioners and children and supporting the completion of paperwork for Education Health Care needs assessments and annual reviews. Undertaking this role requires staff to be flexible and responsive to the needs of both the sector and colleagues in the team in order to meet deadlines and to enable children to access provision.

Working within the LA SEND strategy and the Early Years Plan, the successful candidate will develop exciting and innovative ways to engage early years practitioners in developing their SEND knowledge, practice and skills. There will be regular opportunities to reflect upon the impact of work undertaken both individually and as a team in order plan future developments. As such, you will be expected to have an in depth knowledge of the EYFS statutory framework, the SEND Code of Practice and other related documents.

Whilst you will be based at the council offices in Badminton Road, Yate, the expectation is that you will be frequently travelling around the authority to visit settings, attend meetings and facilitate training. The ability to plan and organise your own day will be vital to ensure you are able to arrive promptly for meetings and appointments. In order to achieve this you will be expected to hold a full driving licence and have access to a car.

In becoming a member of the Early Years Team at South Gloucestershire, you will be supported to undertake your role through an extensive meeting programme, regular supervisions and opportunities for personal professional development.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Considerable experience of working with children in an early years setting and in particular those children who have special educational needs or those vulnerable to disadvantage or underachievement.

You must have a good understanding of the statutory requirements for pre school settings and be able to achieve a good understanding of local government.

A relevant childcare qualification (e.g. at least the level of NNEB, DCE, NVQ3 in Early Years and Childcare or a teaching qualification).

Well developed interpersonal and communication skills to support partnership working and to build relationships and engage successfully with contacts and customers, for example early years providers, parents and other agencies.

Experience of flexibility and functioning effectively within a team and an ability to demonstrate or gain an appreciation of how your role fits into the wider early years services.

Good report writing, presentation and IT skills, and be able to develop and present training, briefings, generate reports etc. for providers and other professionals. Including experience of gathering evidence to fulful an assessment criteria.

Ability to undertake effective research into early years legislation, regulations and best practice, and recent findings in a clear, concise format.

Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours.

Additional Information

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.. The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JDEmail sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

For further information please contact Rachel Webb, Senior Education Advisor (Early Years), either by Rachel.webb@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 863359.

Interviews: 30th and 31st October 2018

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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