About The Job
Salary: £40,876 to £43,857 per annum
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: This is a countywide role.
Interview Date: 04 October 2021 (Interviews may take place via MS Teams or face to face following COVID secure guidelines)
As an Early Years Consultant, you will ensure that the play, care and education provided in the county is of the highest quality. You will be required to provide support to ensure that all children with additional needs are able to access high quality provision in the early years.
You will provide leadership in early years education, development, and childcare provision, giving professional support to providers, teams and ensuring that county-wide priorities are met. You will confidently lead and implement projects and initiatives to improve the outcomes for pupils with SEND, and ensure high quality, inclusive practice in childcare, education, family support and related provision for children aged 0-5.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to research, analyse and interpret information to make effective and robust judgements and write reports which plan long term policy and business implications, set timescales and make articulate recommendations, taking account of the broader impacts.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence the actions of others and communicate information which may be complex and contentious. Including the ability to undertake facilitation of issues in group settings, gain engagement / buy-in and agreement from others by successfully convincing others of the need to adopt appropriate policies and / or courses of action.
- Ability to write sound and robust policies and relevant processes, which are both viable and practicable and meet legislative and business needs, including working with colleagues and partners to agree policy detail and gain appropriate approvals.
- Ability to anticipate problems, plan solutions and make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions which will have a significant impact for a service or the organisation, particularly in relation to capacity, capability, flexibility and engagement.
- Ability to think laterally and to adapt to changing situations in a measured and flexible manner in order to adapt the advice and guidance provided to suit any change in circumstance whether legislative, structural, partnership related etc.
- Ability to apply project management principles and practices to small projects, with sound IT skills to produce reports and monitor statistics.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Degree level qualification in a relevant field or equivalent qualification.
- Qualified Teacher Status with Early Years Specialism, Early Years Professional Status or Early Years Teacher Status.
- SENCO qualification or equivalent.
- Secure knowledge of Early Years Framework and related pedagogical issues.
- Good understanding of national developments in SEND in education, and how to implement them effectively.
- Understanding of effective strategies to support children with SEND.
- Understanding of how to engage providers positively in improvement to raise the achievement of children with SEND and other vulnerabilities to ensure their participation in all aspects of learning.
- Understanding of how children learn in and through a broad curriculum in the early years and beyond.
- Knowledge of the characteristics of effective settings and schools and the Ofsted Framework.
- Knowledge of consultancy and management techniques, models and systems.
- Detailed knowledge of inclusive provision and practice including legislation, organisational policies, practices and procedures.
- Demonstrable evidence of providing timely, sound and accurate advice and guidance for children with SEND in the Early Years.
- Experience of successful teaching, leadership and management across a range of settings.
- Experience of making clear improvements in children's progress against high expectations.
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.