Specialist support worker
Grade: Surrey Pay Scale Point 7 (prorated to term time)
The starting salary for this role is £24,080.49 per annum for 36 hours per week, 39 weeks per year.
There is an exciting opportunity for a Specialist Support Worker to join the Specialist Early Education Service (SEES) within the Surrey Educational Psychology (EP) team.
You would be involved in working with families in their homes to support pre-school children (aged 0 – 5 years) with complex developmental needs. This includes children with complex medical, physical and learning needs. Work is based on the delivery of a range of programmes such as Portage which draw on evidence based strategies that are widely recognised as good practice for supporting the learning of children with complex developmental needs.
Using a play based approach children’s development is assessed and areas of need identified. We work closely with parents/carers and other professionals to provide them with the confidence and knowledge to support children to make progress.
Specialist support workers are managed and supervised by the SEES Teaching Leads who manage the teams in the four quadrants of Surrey.
This is a 36 hours a week, term time only contract. An induction programme, comprehensive training opportunities and professional supervision will be provided.
We are advertising for vacancies in the following areas:
South West (Guildford and Waverley) - 2 x 3 days a week
South East (Tandridge, Reigate and Banstead and Mole Valley) - 1 x full time
North West (Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath) - 1 x full time
The Specialist Support Worker will be expected to:
- Demonstrate essential qualities as outlined in the person specification.
- Work directly with children, families and pre-school staff in the home, pre-school and community settings.
- Take responsibility for children’s assessment, planning, implementing and reviewing individualised intervention programmes for the child.
- Prepare resources and implement strategies to support children’s learning.
- Demonstrate sensitivity and professionalism when working with vulnerable families. The majority of the role demands the ability to work independently by making effective use of time management and organisational skills. However, it is also necessary to be able to work as part of a small team and to communicate well with a range of professionals who work with young children, including staff within nurseries and pre-schools.
- Demonstrate strong verbal communication, written and IT skills to ensure that children’s progress is accurately and clearly described in reviews and reports.
- Keeping and maintaining accurate professional records.
SEES offers friendly, creative and supportive teams where contributions are welcomed and valued. Feedback from parents, carers, educational settings and other professionals have indicated high levels of impact with regards to children's progress and families’s knowledge and wellbeing.
The posts are open to individuals with a NNEB certificate, a NVQ level 3, degree or an equivalent qualification in early education or a relevant field. Early years experience and developmental knowledge is essential for this role, as well as practical knowledge and experience of working with families and children with special educational needs. The candidate for this post will need to travel extensively across their area of Surrey, therefore use of a car and the ability to travel around the county is necessary.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 21/01/2022. Please note these positions are offered as 9 month fixed term contract opportunities
Interview dates to be confirmed.
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.
We look forward to receiving your application.
To discuss the role further please contact the area Teaching Leads:
Lisa Trend (North East) email@example.com
Sara Crane (South East) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Hart (South West) email@example.com
Sue Durno (North West) firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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.
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.