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SEND Advisor

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/858/19594
  • Published: Tue 07/12/2021, 17:43 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 31/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £31,273 - £34,519
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Leatherhead

The starting salaries for this position are £31,273 per annum for the full time role (36 hours per week) and £15,636 per annum for the part time role (18 hours per week).

We are looking for two dynamic, resilient, and innovative individual to join our highly motivated and effective team.

As an Early Years SEND Advisor within the Early Years SEND Team the post holder will provide support and challenge to a range of early years providers including full daycare, pre-schools, maintained nurseries and childminders to promote equality and inclusion for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

The post holder will provide advice, guidance, and support to empower Early Years SENCOs and practitioners to identify children’s needs early. You will ensure children are fully included and able to realise their potential and achieve their aspirations following a graduated approach in line with the SEN Code of practice. You will be expected to deliver training, complete visits to settings, conduct child observations and offer advice and guidance to providers regarding strategies, SEND processes and funding. You will be focusing on improving early identification in the early years sector ensuring children get their needs met at the earliest possible stage in life.

The Early Years SEND Team work with a range of multi-agency partners and stakeholders therefore the post holder will be expected to support a coordinated approach to ensure children’s needs are met at the earliest possible time and can access the EYFS curriculum.

Early Years SEND Advisors act as mentors and positive role models to settings in Surrey. The post holder will be allocated a specific geographic area although Advisors will be expected to travel county wide as and when needed to support the local authority to meet its statutory duties. This includes early identification of needs and planning for children with SEND. The Early Years SEND Team focus on ensuring that there is sufficient expertise and experience amongst local early years providers to support children with SEND.

The post holder will report to the Senior Early Years SEND Advisor in an allocated geographical area however will be expected to work countywide according to demand.

Essential criteria for the role:

  • Level 3 or above in Early Education and Childcare
  • Experience of frontline delivery of early years education
  • Experience of working with children with SEND in an early years setting
  • Ability to be able to work with a range of internal and external partners including education, health and social care
  • Experience in writing and delivering training and presentations
  • Experience of leading and supporting others
  • Experience of completing child observations and providing feedback
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the SEN Code of Practice, Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted inspection framework
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Sound knowledge of safeguarding procedures
  • Knowledge of child development birth to five years

A valid driver's licence and the availability of an insured vehicle for the performance of work related duties is an essential requirement of the role.

Applications from those who do not meet this requirement will not be considered.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 31/01/2022.

Interviews will take place on 10/02/2022. 

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Jane Gupta (Early Years SEND Team Manager) by e-mail at jane.gupta@surreycc.gov.uk. We look forward to receiving your application.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave (pro rata for part time staff), rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/858/19594
  • Published: Tue 07/12/2021, 17:43 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 31/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £31,273 - £34,519
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Leatherhead

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