Early Years Practitioner

08 Mar 2018
17 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Role Profile


Assist in the provision of a quality education and care service for young children and their families.


Corporate Responsibilities
  • To undertake individual role in line with the Council's Strategic Priorities and in compliance with the Council's corporate policies and procedures.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities
  • Quality - Contribute to Continuous Improvement through participation in self evaluation and carry out associated tasks. Be aware of current national and local policies, Council guidelines and initiatives and understand obligations and impact on education and childcare provision.
  • Learning Experiences - Meet the needs of young children by assessing their physical, behavioural and developmental needs and provide appropriate learning experiences using relevant curricular guidelines.
  • Work with staff team to contribute to the planning, organisation, delivery and evaluation of appropriate learning experiences for children, maintaining an interesting and organised learning environment.
  • Observe children, record their progress and interact effectively and appropriately to enhance their learning.
  • Contribute to an ethos which promotes positive behaviour, equality and fairness.
  • Assist in the preparation and completion of appropriate reports.
  • Additional Support Needs/Care Routines - Carry out all aspects of personal care of young children. Ensure suitable hygiene standards are maintained. Record and report information on vulnerable children.
  • Undertake mealtime/snack duties with children as required.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team to address specific needs.
  • Health & Safety - Know, understand and adhere to Health & Safety guidelines including North Ayrshire Council's Child Protection Procedures.
  • Establish and sustain positive partnerships with parents and carers including pre-admission meetings and support with paperwork where required.
  • Participate in meetings with parents/carers to report on children's progress. Support and develop parents' and carers' participation in children's learning. Plan and lead working groups for parents and carers.
  • Professional Development - Participate in personal Professional Development and Review. Undertake appropriate skills training and personal development.
  • Other - Handle money relating to nursery funds in accordance with NAC Financial Regulations and codes of practice. Contribute to all aspects of organisation within the nursery including transport arrangements.
  • Supervise, mentor and report on performance of work placement students, liaising with college tutors as appropriate.





Education and Qualifications
  • HNC Early Education & Childcare, NNEB, SCCEB, SVQ3 Children's Care Learning & Development or equivalent qualification
  • Evidence of further study / training
  • Application Form
  • Interview

  • Recent nursery experience working with nursery children
  • Experience of working with children aged 0-3 years
  • Knowledge of 0-5 years curriculum guidance

  • Evidence of involvement in working with parents
  • Experience of working with pupils with complex additional support needs (this applies only to posts within Special Schools and the Pupil Support Service)
  • Experience of working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (this applies only to posts within the Pupil Support Service)

  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Specialist Knowledge
  • Registered or in the process of registering with the SSSC
  • Knowledge of and commitment to NAC policies and SEED guidance
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Curriculum for Excellence, Child at the Centre 2, National Care Standards
  • Awareness of current developments
  • Awareness of the importance of parental participation

  • Knowledge and understanding of function and role of support services
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

  • Required to join the PVG scheme for this type of regulated work

  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post Interview Check (if appropriate)

Staff Values & Behaviours

North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.

Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council's website.




We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture

  • Provide excellent customer services
  • Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these.
  • Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.


We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community
  • Take ownership of our own actions and performance.
  • Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved.
  • Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities.
  • Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.


We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together
  • Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money.
  • Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas.
  • Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities.
  • Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.

Additional Information

PVG (Children)

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council. Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk


For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process

This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/80270505

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