Early Years Worker

Closing date: 
7 Apr 2017
Ballymena and Little Steps Sure Start Projects are funded by the Department of Education to provide a range of Play & Early Learning, Family Support and Health Services to children from pre-birth up to four years old and their families.

Both Projects comprise of a Multi-Agency and Multi-Disciplinary team who work in close partnership with a range of local Statutory, Voluntary and Community groups to promote effective service delivery in response to the needs of families across the designated Sure Start areas. The casual positions will cover 3 sites across the Projects in Antrim and Ballymena.

As an Early Years Worker you will be required to work as part of a team to help plan and deliver children's programmes in a stimulating environment. You will demonstrate a sound understanding of child development, the value of play and how young children learn. You will display an understanding of attachment and the impact of positive adult interactions on a child's development and sense of wellbeing. You will be required to demonstrate an underpinning knowledge of safeguarding and confidentiality, record keeping and IT skills. These are casual permanent positions to support the existing Early Years Teams. Once you are a casual member of staff you will be able to apply for part time and full time positions advertised internally within the Project/Organisation.

Essential Requirements

As well as working within Action for Children's policies and procedures at all times, you will need a Level 2 qualification in Early Years care and education or equivalent and you must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Minimum Standards for Daycare and Childminding for Children under age 12. Applications will also be considered from applicants who are currently working towards a Level 2 Diploma in Playwork or Childcare, Learning and Development. 6 months previous experience of working within a childcare environment is essential. Applications will only be considered for those applicants who can demonstrate an ability to meet the travel expectations associated with working flexibly across all 3 sites. This post is subject to appropriate clearance via Access NI and Early Years vetting.

Ballymena Sure Start operates across Ballykeel Business Centre, 18 Crebilly Road and St Joseph’s Early Years Centre, 90 Doury Road, Ballymena; Little Steps Sure Start Project address is: Farranshane House, 1 Ballygore Rd, Antrim, BT41 2RN.

Reference: RS101345

£7.93 per hour