Post Designation Children’s Centre Leader PO1
Reports to Head of Centre
Direct line management
Family Engagement Workers
Family Support Worker
Senior Child and Family Practitioner
Child and Family Practitioner
Child and Family Assistant
Purpose of the Job
To deputise for the Head of Centre and be an active member of the leadership team,
directly managing centre staff.
To ensure that a range of services are available for families, targeting those less likely
to readily access them.
To use local knowledge and partnerships to develop services which reflect local
needs and boroughwide priorities.
To support the delivery of the Children and Young People Plan and the
requirements of the Childcare Act 2006 and related legislation.
1. To develop ways of reaching families and children and involving them in
children’s centre services, including through working links with other agencies
and community organisations.
2. To develop the service in response to national and local policies and priorities.
3. To assist in the recruitment of staff and implement the corporate performance
review and development scheme (PRaDS) by carrying out regular one-to-one
supervision sessions to ensure that work programmes are set, reviewed and
4. To supervise other staff, students, volunteers as directed.
5. To ensure appropriate support is provided to individual families including
referrals to specialist projects/agencies.
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6. As part of the leadership team, contribute to the self evaluation process and
action planning, taking an active part in the children’s centre inspection
7. To work closely with and deputise for the Head of Centre/Federation as and
8. To manage and co-ordinate staff resources to ensure that all regular activities
such as play and learn sessions, training for parents and Parents’ Forum
activities run smoothly and effectively.
9. To assist with the implementation of appropriate data collection and evaluation
systems. To provide effective monitoring of activities with partner agencies
ensuring progress is reported to advisory group.
10. To contribute to the borough wide development of strategies and policies for
services for children aged under five years and their families by leading,
developing and promoting effective partnership and working arrangements with
colleagues to secure the successful integration of services from strategic to
operational level in order to fulfil the Council’s obligations in the delivery of
children’s centre services.
11. To be responsible with the Head of Centre/Federation, for the implementation
of safeguarding procedures within the work of the centre. To champion
information sharing and common assessment framework processes.
12. To contribute to the development and delivery of the development plan for the
delivery of services across the locality and gain consensus for the plan with all
stakeholders, staff and partners.
13. To ensure the effective co-ordination of health services and to maximise access
to health information and support by working closely with all health staff in the
14. To develop and implement creative and appropriate promotional and
marketing strategies to maximise and maintain take up of services.
15. To develop effective ways for the involvement of local people in activities to
develop, their own empowerment and the development of children, targeting
families less likely to take up services.
16. To participate in in-service and other training programmes as required, and
maintain personal and professional development in order to meet the changing
demands of the post.
17. To carry out any other work as appropriate to the level and general nature of
the duties of the post.
18. To develop good working relationships with appropriate staff within the service
and other external agencies.
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19. To ensure that the duties are undertaken with due regard and compliance with
the Data Protection Act and related legislation and regulations.
20. To carry out all duties with due regard to the provisions of health and safety
regulations and legislation and the Council’s equal opportunities and customer
21. To carry out occasional weekend and evening work in context of both this
specific role and the wider needs of the service.
22. To follow the code of conduct and safeguarding procedures for the service and
to report any concerns appropriately.
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JOB TITLE: Children’s Centre Leader
Method of Shortlisting
A - APPLICATION
T - TEST
Experience/Education I - INTERVIEW
Experience of managing a Sure Start
Children’s Centre and / or Sure Start Local A/I *
Experience of recruiting, managing and
developing a staff team
Experience of managing projects within
the context of change
Experience of interagency and partnership
Experience of planning, developing,
monitoring and evaluating services
Knowledge/ Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the current Government’s
priorities and ambitions relating to work A/I
with the client group
Knowledge and understanding of the Early
Years Foundations Stage framework
Ability to use own initiative and to
organise / prioritise own workload and A/I
Ability to manage a budget, adhering to
Council procedures and identifying A/I *
savings / efficiencies
Knowledge and understanding of the
requirements of the Children’s Centres A/I *
Ofsted inspection regime
Knowledge and understanding of
safeguarding issues and procedures
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Ability to draft reports and present
information both verbally and in writing,
in a variety of formats for a range of
Understanding of the impact of child
poverty and inequalities on the life A
chances of children
Ability to use local demographic /
performance data to inform service A
planning and development
Ability to manage own administration,
including the use of IT
Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, team
working and communication skills
Ability to work with a range of agencies to
plan and deliver high quality and effective A/I *
A good knowledge and understanding of
equalities and diversity issues, with a
commitment to an inclusive approach to
working with service users
Committed to adhere to Greenwich
policies and procedures
A satisfactory sickness record of not more
than 9 days or four periods in a twelve
This post requires an enhanced CRB
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