Children 039 s Centre Leader

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                                  Job Description

                                                                           Grade
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

Budget responsibility
No responsibility

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.


Main Duties
 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
    achieved.

 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
    framework.

 7. To work closely with and deputise for the Head of Centre/Federation as and
    when necessary.

 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
     federation area.

 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
     care policies.

 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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Person Specification


JOB TITLE: Children’s Centre Leader


                                                       Method of       Shortlisting
Criteria
                                                     Assessment          Criteria
                                                 A -     APPLICATION
                                                 T   - TEST
                                                 P   -
                                                 PRESENTATION
Experience/Education                             I   - INTERVIEW
Experience of managing a Sure Start
Children’s Centre and / or Sure Start Local               A/I               *
Programme
Experience of recruiting, managing and
                                                          A/I               *
developing a staff team
Experience of managing projects within
                                                          A/I               *
the context of change
Experience of interagency and partnership
                                                          A/I               *
working
Experience of planning, developing,
                                                          A/I               *
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
                                                          A/I               *
Years Foundations Stage framework
Ability to use own initiative and to
organise / prioritise own workload and                    A/I
delegating tasks
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
                                                          A/I               *
safeguarding issues and procedures



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Ability to draft reports and present
information both verbally and in writing,
                                                           A
in a variety of formats for a range of
audiences
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,
                                                           A          *
including the use of IT
Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, team
                                                          A/I         *
working and communication skills
Ability to work with a range of agencies to
plan and deliver high quality and effective               A/I         *
services
Equal Opportunities
A good knowledge and understanding of
equalities and diversity issues, with a
                                                          A/I         *
commitment to an inclusive approach to
working with service users
Committed to adhere to Greenwich
                                                          A/I         *
policies and procedures
Other requirements
A satisfactory sickness record of not more
than 9 days or four periods in a twelve
month period
This post requires an enhanced CRB
disclosure




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