Thornton Primary School & Children’s Centre Thornton Road · Thornton · Bradford · BD13 3NN Headteacher: Mr. Adrian J.Cogill MSc Deputy Headteacher: Mrs. Debra Neale BA -------------------------------------- Children’s Centre Leader: Mrs. Julie Tolley MA - Telephone: 01274 830960 Fax: 01274 835331 e-mail: email@example.com Applications Thank you for showing an interest in the post of Early Years Practitioner – Crèche and Outreach Worker, at Thornton Primary School and Children’s Centre. Please find enclosed: • Job Advertisement • Job Description • Person Specification • Application Form Applicants are asked to complete the enclosed application form. You are welcome to include a letter of application which highlights specific achievements which are relevant to the post and a CV if you wish. Please refer to the job description and person specification before completing your application. Completed forms should be returned to Mrs. Julie Tolley, Children’s Centre Leader, Thornton Primary School and Children’s Centre, Thornton Road, Thornton, Bradford BD13 3NN The closing time and date for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 22nd March 2013. Please note: Interviews will be held on the morning of Wednesday 27th March 2013. Thornton Primary School and Children’s Centre Post of: Early Year Practitioner ‐ Crèche and Outreach (Level 3) 20 hours – all year round Are you interested in supporting the development of a range of services that will make a real difference for our children and community? We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, flexible and highly committed practitioner (NNEB, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent) who is committed to working with young children and their families. This post will involve some outreach work and work in the home environment. We are committed to safeguarding children and all posts are subject to an enhanced CRB check, we are also committed to providing the best quality provision within an inclusive environment. OUTLINE JOB DESCRIPTION POST Early Years Practitioner Crèche and Post TITLE Outreach for Children’s Centre Reference The following information is furnished to help Council staff and those people considering joining the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to understand and appreciate the work content of their post and the role they are to play in the organisation. However, the following points should be noted: 1. Whilst every endeavour has been made to outline all the duties and responsibilities of the post, a document such as this does not permit every item to be specified in detail. Broad headings, therefore, may have been used below, in which case all the usual associated routines are naturally included in the job description. 2. Officers should not refuse to undertake work, which is not specified on this form, but they should record any additional duties they are required to perform and these will be taken into account when the post is reviewed. 3. Bradford is an Equal Opportunities Employer and requires its employees to comply with all current equality policies both in terms of equal opportunity for employment and access to the Council Services. 4. The Council is committed to making any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job role and the working environment that would enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition. PRIME OBJECTIVES OF THE POST: To implement agreed work programmes as a member of a multi‐disciplinary children’s centre team in supporting children and their families. To promote children’s learning, birth to four, by engaging parents through home visits, encouraging parents/carers to attend the crèche, courses and activities provided by the children’s centre which promote children’s learning. To support the development of parents/carers knowledge and skills about their children’s development and parents’ own personal development leading to further training and/or employment. To support the learning of the children and to prepare resources and equipment for the crèche and Stay and Play sessions in the community. SUPERVISORY/MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Early Years Practitioner may supervise children from Birth to Four in the crèche with other adults. To plan a range of appropriate activities for the crèche children To take delegated responsibility in the supervision and guidance of paid crèche workers, students on work placement, trainees and voluntary helpers who may be parents. To signpost parent/carers to other professional and voluntary services both with the children’s centre and in the wider community. SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE: To work under the guidance of the Children’s Centre Leader and within an agreed system of supervision. RANGE OF DECSION MAKING: To make decisions using initiative where appropriate within established working practices. The postholder will be expected to use creativity and initiative to: ‐ Help the children and their families take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the children’s centre ‐ Support children and their families in the best use of the materials and equipment available ‐ Ensure the safety, mobility, care and well being of the children and adults. RESPONSIBILITY FOR ASSETS, MATERIALS ETC: To maintain the confidential nature of information relating to the children’s centre, its children, parents and carers. To be responsible for the care of all equipment and materials, within the crèche in conjunction with other members of staff. To maintain well resourced and high quality equipment and materials used by the children and parents/carers. CONTACTS: Internal at all levels, Parents/Carers, Governors, Community Groups, Health, Social Services, Police, Local Education Authority, Education Bradford, Contractors, External Agencies. RANGE OF DUTIES: SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN • Use specialist skills/training/experience to support children • Establish good relationships with children, acting as a role model and setting high expectations • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all children within the crèche • Encourage children to interact and work co‐operatively with others and engage all children in activities • Help the children to develop independence and talk to the children appropriately about their behaviour • Talk with the children about activities in relation to their holistic development, understanding, progress and achievement • Give consistent support to children whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs • Prepare the crèche room in order to establish an appropriate learning environment • Observe and assess the children’s progress for their record, collecting the relevant evidence and provide accurate information through discussion and reports to the relevant members of staff and parents • Put the children’s centre behaviour policy into practice by promoting high self esteem among children. • Liaise sensitively and effectively with parents/carers as agreed within your role/responsibility and participate in feedback sessions/meetings with parents with, or as directed • Undertake relevant clerical/administration work needed in order to carry out the role e.g. taking the register, photocopying, producing teaching and learning materials, collecting money etc. • Monitor and evaluate children’s responses to play activities through observation, recording of achievement to inform future planning • Use the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and Practice Guidance to inform practice in this post • Accurately record children’s achievement/progress • To plan healthy snack menus for children from Birth to Four in accordance with the children’s centre nutrition policy SUPPORT FOR CURRCULUM • As a member of the children’s centre team contribute fully to planning, implementing and evaluating the Early Years Foundation Stage • Support the children in appropriate learning activities, both child initiated and adult led and modify if necessary • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop children’s competence and independence in its use • Determine the need for, prepare and maintain general and specialist equipment and resources • Help children to access learning activities through specialist support SUPPORT FOR THE SCHOOL/CENTRE • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety and security, confidentially and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all children have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the children’s centre • Establish good relationships and communicate with other agencies and professionals to support the development, achievement and progress of the children • Attend and participate in regular meetings • Participate in training and other learning activities as required • Take a supervisory role with the children both during the core and extended provision • Supervise children on visits, and trips out of children’s centre activities as required • To support, uphold and contribute to the development of the Council’s Equal Rights policies and practices in respect of both employment issues and the delivery of services to the community • Work across all age groups in the school/centre as requested, recognising own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others SUPPORT FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS, VOLUNTEERS • Undertake home visits as directed by the centre staff and following a referral from Health and other professionals • Report to centre staff on all home visits and maintain records • Pass information for recording on the eStart database • Deal with any immediate problems or emergencies using the children’s centre policies and procedures and discuss the action taken with a senior member of staff • Recommend, after discussion with parent/carer, to senior staff when respite care is needed for a child • Refer parents/carers and children to relevant and appropriate activities which are available to them in the children’s centre e.g. Stay and Play, baby massage, Job Centre consultant, little strikers, baby ballet, Health Visitors etc. • Encourage parents/carers to develop their knowledge and skills through volunteering • Liaise with service providers where parents/carers need extra support to engage with activities • To ensure students and volunteers go through the children’s centre induction process and that relevant paperwork is completed • Support students/volunteers in their work with children under five and encourage them to progress to college or work • To work with senior staff to plan and lead holiday activities for families Special Conditions of Service: FOR USE BY HUMAN RESOURCES ONLY I confirm this JD has been checked and is appropriate and up to date. Signed: Dated: Complied by: Grade Assessment: Post Grade: Date: PERSONNEL SPECIFICATION Post Title: EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER (crèche & outreach) Bradford is an Equal Opportunities Employer and requires its employee to carry out its policies concerning racial and sex equality and the rights of people with disabilities both in terms of equal opportunity and access to the Council Services. Job Share applicants welcome for all full‐time posts unless otherwise stated in the advertisement. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to the job role and working environment so that disabled people have access to job opportunities or current employees can continue at work should they develop a disabling condition. ATTRIBUTES ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE HOW IDENTIFIED EXPERIENCE Scale 4 if 1 to 2 years experience in one or more of the Experience of working with groups of Application form following parents/carers & Selection Scale 5 if more than 3 years experience in one or more of process the following: • Experience of working with children of relevant age, assisting in their development • Experience of working with children with additional needs, more able, special educational needs • Experience of working in the relevant discipline • Experience of working as part of a team • Experience of working with parents QUALIFICAITONS NVQ 3 or equivalent qualification or experience GCSE English and Maths or equivalent Application form e.g. Adult Literacy/Numeracy at level 1 & Selection process. Qualifications relating to post e.g. Certificates health, children, practical skills, first aid TRAINING • Willingness to participate in development and training Health and Safety training as Application form opportunities appropriate & Selection • Evidence of previous personal development process SPECIAL • An understanding of the needs of a multicultural society Knowledge of school procedures Application form KNOWLEDGE • An understanding of the issues relating to children who & Selection have additional learning needs, more able and special Knowledge of the different process. educational needs parenting strategies and • Understanding of principles of child development and programmes in the district learning processes as appropriate • An understanding of the needs of parents/carers • Full working knowledge of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation • Working knowledge of early years foundation stage curriculum and other relevant learning programmes/strategies • Knowledge of Health and Safety requirements • Knowledge of Behaviour Management • Knowledge of particular subject / technical area EQUALITY Candidates should indicate an acceptance of and Selection process commitment to the principles underlying the Council’s Equal Rights policies and practices DISPOSITION – • Ability to relate well to children and adults Selection Process ADJUSTMENT/ • Ability to work constructively as part of a team • Ability to remain calm under pressure ATTITUDE • Demonstrate good co‐operative, interpersonal and listening skills • Demonstrate a commitment to working with children of the relevant age • Ability to understand classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these • Good sense of humour • Flexibility and willingness to accept change • Willingness to share knowledge, expertise and experience • Ability to prioritise conflicting demands and pressures • Ability to self‐evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities • Ability to work proactively and independently • Approachable, courteous and able to present a positive image of the school/centre to callers and visitors • Maintain confidentiality in matters relating to the school/centre, its pupils, parents and carers PRACTICAL & • Very good numeracy/literacy skills Application form INTELLECTUAL SKILLS • Ability to use other relevant equipment / technology & Selection • Ability to use ICT effectively in relation to the post process • Good organisational skills • Ability to use relevant equipment / resources CIRCUMSTANCES – • Must be legally entitled to work in the UK (Asylum and Selection Process Immigration Act 1996) Sight of PERSONAL • No contra‐indications in personal background or criminal appropriate record indication unsuitability to work with children / documentation as young people / vulnerable clients / finance (CRB check specified in the required) interview letter • Driving is an essential part of the post and the applicant must be over 25 years old and hold a full, clean, UK driving licence in order to comply with our Commercial Van Insurance PHYSICAL/SENSORY • Must be able to perform all duties and tasks with Selection process reasonable adjustment, where appropriate, in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 • Ability to cope with requirements of the post, which may include working with pupils who have emotional and behavioural difficulties or physical difficulties • For posts working with children who have physical difficulties, it may be an unavoidable core component of the job for the post holder to be capable of lifting and carrying pupils, within school policies and practices • It is essential for the post holder to be able to load and unload the toys from the van for Stay and Play sessions in the community. • Use of References References will only be read by the recruitment panel following interviews, after the preliminary selection decision has been made. SPECIAL CONDITIONS Management requires that the following checks be carried out as part of the Level of Disclosure recruitment process e.g. CRB, Warner Process If applicable – GOQ & Section of the Act that applies. (Wording for advertisement) Exempt from job share. Exemption registration number: Occupational Health check required. Any other special conditions. Complied by: Grade Assessment Date: Post Grade: FOR USE BY HUMAN RESOURCES ONLY I confirm this PS has been checked and is appropriate and up to date. Signed. Date. Application for Employment (Confidential) Teachers and Support Staff Please complete in black or dark blue ink. Typewritten applications are also acceptable Post details Job title: Your application should be uploaded to: Advert reference number: www.prospectsonline.co.uk School or unit: unless otherwise specified by the school Closing date: Personal details Surname: Forename(s): Previous Surname(s): Ms Mrs Miss Mr Other (please state): Home Address (including postcode): Address to which correspondence should be sent if not home address (including postcode): Daytime telephone number: Evening telephone number: Email address: Do you hold a current driving licence? Yes No National Insurance Number: Religious Denomination/Faith* * For vacancies in schools with a religious character only. The Governing Body may take religious denomination or faith into account for this post in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief Discrimination) Regulations 2003 How did you learn of this vacancy? Policy Statement We are committed to the rights of the child, the child’s safety and emotional well being, and the protection of the child from all forms of abuse. Language skills Do you speak or write any languages other than English? Speak Write Language: Language: Employment history Current or most recent employment: Employer’s name, address and telephone number: (including Post title: Local Authority, Diocese, school name, type and group number, if applicable) Dates from / to: Salary or wage: Allowances, or additional salary points: If part time please show weekly hours: Length of notice or date able to commence: Brief description of duties: Reason for wishing to leave (please indicate if you do not intend to resign from your current post): Previous employment: Employer’s name Position held Salary / wage Dates Reason for leaving and address (inc LA, Diocese and type (if part time, show From To of school if applicable) weekly hours) Education and qualifications Please give details of your education and qualifications. Make sure you include professional qualifications. Please note that if you are appointed to a post where qualifications are an essential requirement you may be asked, before your appointment is confirmed, to present the original copies issued to you by the examining body (photocopies will not be acceptable). Qualifications Results School, College How obtained Period of study Examination subjects, Grade or classification or University (Full time, part time if applicable, indicate or correspondence) From To main/subsidiary subjects Applicants for teaching posts must provide the following information: Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) If you qualified as a teacher after 7th May 1999, please complete the following section: Date when qualified: Date when completed induction: Please state class and division of your degree: Honours: Yes No What age ranges have you been trained to teach? Your GTC number: Name used when registered: Are you GTC registered? Yes: No: Have you paid this years subscription: Yes: No: For teaching posts in Catholic schools only: Do you have the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (‘CCRS’) or equivalent? Yes No If applicable, where and when did you obtain the CCRS (formerly Catholic Teachers’ Certificate and Certificate in Religious Education)? CCRS Registration number (if known): Please provide details of any other specialist Catholic postgraduate qualification (eg Certificate in Subject Leadership in Catholic Schools, MA in Catholic School Leadership): Other training List all training undertaken including in-service courses. Please include membership and grade of professional organisations. Course and Results Where obtained Full time, part time, Dates training details residential From To Additional information / personal statement Please ensure that you use the space below to submit a personal statement in support of your application. This should give any additional relevant information, including details of your professional, subject and leisure interests, and any skills, knowledge and experience to demonstrate that you meet the criteria specified in the personnel specification. References It is our policy to take up references for shortlisted candidates. Give names and addresses of three referees, one of which should be your present or most recent employer, and if applying for a school with a religious character one of which should be from your parish priest or other religious leader. If you are known to your referee/s by a former name please supply the name by which you were known. Your referee should have direct knowledge of your professional capacities and performance. We reserve the right to take up references with any previous employer. If you are applying for a teaching post or working with children and are employed by another LA or an independent school your employer will be asked to provide a reference, in which the following will be required. Any reference must include any disciplinary action taken relating to any offence against children or disadvantaged adults, including any in which the penalty has expired and whether the applicant has been the subject of any child protection concerns and any outcomes. If you are not currently employed by an LA or independent school please name three referees, one of which should be your present or most recent employer. Referees should have direct knowledge of your professional capacities and performance. Name of referee Status or job Address for contact 1. Tel. No: Email address: 2. Email address: Tel. No: Address for contact Name of referee Status or job 3. Tel No: Email address: May we approach your present employer before the interview? Yes No Important Notes Declaration Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act (2006) In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, the employer will require new members of staff to provide documentary evidence that they are entitled to undertake the position applied for/have an ongoing entitlement to live and work in the United Kingdom. Therefore, all candidates shortlisted for interview are required to complete a declaration and to produce acceptable specified documentary evidence at interview. I confirm that I am legally entitled to work in the UK. Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) The employer is obliged by law to operate a checking procedure for employees who have substantial access to children and young people. I confirm that I am not barred by the ISA from working with or applying to work with children (and/or vulnerable adults if appropriate), or included on the ISA Children’s Barred List (or the ISA Adults Barred List if appropriate). Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) Posts which involve substantial access to children are exempt from provisions contained within this Act under which the job applicants are entitled to withhold information about any previous criminal background which would otherwise be considered ‘spent’ under the terms of the Act. If the job for which you have applied involves substantial access to children and you have been shortlisted for the post, you will be provided with a form on which you will be asked to disclose any previous criminal background. If you are the successful applicant you will be provided with an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure, application and consent form. Failure to complete this form will result in your application not proceeding any further. The possession of a criminal record will not automatically debar you from consideration for the post for which you have applied. Any information given will be treated as confidential and will only be used in relation to the post for which you have applied. I agree that the appropriate enquiry may be made to the Criminal Records Bureau. Data Protection Act (1998) Information from this application form may be held securely by Education Bradford or the employing school. The employers are registered under the Data Protection Act (1998); individuals have the right of access to personal data concerning them. I hereby give my consent for the information provided on this form to be held on computer or other relevant filing systems and to be shared with other accredited organisations or agencies in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Disclosure A candidate for any appointment with the Council / Governing Body must state below any known relationship to a Councillor, Co- opted Member, Director or Assistant Director of the Council, any member of the Governing Body or existing employees of the Governing Body when making an application. A candidate failing to disclose such a relationship or seeking to improperly influence the recruitment and selection process shall be disqualified from appointment, or if appointed, shall be liable to dismissal without notice. Are you related to a Councillor or Senior Officer of the Council or any member of the Governing Body or existing employees of the Governing Body? Yes No If YES, give details: You are reminded that where the Governing Body are the employers the post will be subject to the terms and conditions of the appropriate model contract (eg CES, Church of England, Foundation Schools etc) I DECLARE THAT ALL THE INFORMATION ON THIS FORM IS CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND I NOTE THAT THE WITHHOLDING, FALSIFICATION OR OMISSION OF RELEVANT INFORMATION BY A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE ARE GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION WHICH MAY LEAD TO DIMISSAL. Signed: Date: ALL CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR EMPLOYMENT ONLINE OR VIA EMAIL WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AND DATE THIS FORM IF INVITED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW. How did you learn of this vacancy? Equal opportunity and employment We seek a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We welcome applications from those groups which are under-represented on our staff. Applicants for jobs are judged on their skills and suitability for the vacancy. To ensure this policy is carried out effectively, we ask all applicants to provide the information requested on this page. It will be used only for administrative and monitoring purposes and will be confidential and not used to discriminate in favour or against any individual applicant. Ethnic classification Please Note: These categories have been recommended to the employers by the Commission for Racial Equality and are being collected to assist us to monitor the effects of its equal rights policy and to meet the requirements of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. White English 1 Scottish 2 Welsh 3 Irish 4 Any other white 5 I am: Female Male Mixed White & Black Caribbean 6 White & Black African 7 Date of birth: White & Asian 8 Any other mixed 9 Job Sharing Asian or Indian 10 If this post is full time and it has been advertised as being Asian British Pakistani 11 suitable for job sharing, please tell us whether you are Bangladeshi 12 applying for a full time post or willing to job share, or whether Kashmiri 13 you would consider either: Any other Asian 14 Full time Black or Caribbean 15 Black British African 16 Job share Any other black 17 Either Other Ethnic Chinese 18 Groups Any other ethnic group 19 If you would like to job share this post but are unsure as to whether this is possible please contact the school or department concerned. Disability We are committed to providing access to employment opportunities for disabled people. To assist us in carrying out this policy please provide any relevant information which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out day to day activities. This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to enable selectors to make a fair assessment of your capabilities, taking into account any adjustments that may be required. Do you consider you have any medical condition or disability which may be covered by the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995)? No Yes If YES, give details: Do you have any specific requirements to enable you to attend an interview? No Yes If YES, give details: Health Please note that you may be required to complete a medical questionnaire and/or consent to a medical examination for certain posts.
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