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Early Years Senior SEND Advisor

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/858/19592
  • Published: Tue 14/12/2021, 8:46 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 31/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Leatherhead

The starting salary for this role is £40,227 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week. 

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

As an Early Years Senior SEND Advisor, you will manage a small team of Advisors who provide support and challenge to a range of early years providers including full day-care, pre-schools, maintained nurseries and childminders to promote equality and inclusion for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

You will provide management and leadership to a team of Early Years Advisors to ensure appropriate advice, guidance and support is provided to Early Years SENCOs and practitioners. This includes:

  • Identifying children’s needs early
  • Empowering early years practitioners to embed a graduated response
  • Promoting inclusion; ensuring children are able to realise their full potential and achieve their aspirations following a graduated approach in line with the SEN Code of practice
  • Ensuring positive successful transitions for all children with SEND using person centred approaches

As a Senior Advisor you will:

  • Represent the Early Years SEND Team positively with internal and external partners
  • Coordinate, attend and facilitate various multi-agency panels regarding financial arrangements and referrals for individual children
  • Liaise with other Senior Early Years colleagues to ensure consistency across the county
  • Quality assure the practice in the South West Early Years SEND Team
  • Provide support and supervision for Early Years SEND Advisors including annual appraisals
  • Mentor and coach Early Years SEND advisors to support continuous professional development  

You will be expected to write and deliver training, complete and oversee visits to settings, conduct child observations and offer advice and guidance to providers regarding strategies, SEND processes and funding. You will be expected to take a lead 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 you will be expected to initiate and maintain a coordinated approach to ensure children’s needs are met at the earliest possible time and can access the EYFS curriculum.

Early Years Senior SEND Advisors act as mentors and positive role models to settings in Surrey. You will be allocated a specific geographic area although will need to travel county wide to support the local authority to meet its statutory duties.

The post holder will report to the Early Years SEND Team Manager.

Essential criteria for the role:

  • Level 6 /QTS/EYP/EYT or above in Early Education and Childcare
  • Experiencing of managing or leading a team
  • Experience of frontline delivery of early years education
  • Experience of working with children with SEND in an early years setting
  • Experience of coordinating a multi-agency response to ensure children’s needs are met
  • Ability to lead on 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 supporting advisors to complete observations and how to feedback to parent/carers
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the SEN Code of Practice, Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted inspection framework
  • 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.

Please make sure you address the essential criteria in your application form.

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 07/02/2022.

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. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.


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/858/19592
  • Published: Tue 14/12/2021, 8:46 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 31/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Leatherhead

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