Orchard House is an Outstanding Ofsted-rated home, providing a range of services that make a difference to the lives of children who have severe and complex learning disabilities, and their families.
We are a creative team who work hard to give children opportunities to develop to their full potential whilst ensuring they feel safe and have a lot of fun.
Our support is tailored to meet individual needs and ranges from clubs and day care to short breaks and full-time care.
We are a cohesive team who can discuss ideas and challenge issues to inform decision making and we believe in looking after each other so that we are able to offer our best to the children.
What do people say about us:
"a thoughtful, enthusiastic and reflective team who were really energising to work with."
About The Job
Salary: £22,571 - £23,953 per annum including weekend working allowance (pro-rata for part time, salary £21,269-£22,571 plus weekend working allowance of £1,302 - £1,382).
Location: Cuckfield, Haywards Heath
To succeed at this role, you will help to provide a nurturing, positive and safe environment for our children and young people, ensuring that we meet our statutory obligations to the highest standards possible. With direct responsibility for designated children or young people, you will ensure that each person is given the appropriate care and support to achieve their full potential.
For more information, please visit our dedicated Residential website, Careers in Children's Residential Care.
Shifts and rotas - for day work, you will be required to work on a shift rota between 07:00 - 22:00, which will include every other weekend and sleep in duties when needed. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate.
Experience and Skills
- Good standard of literacy e.g. ability to write reports around individuals and significant incidents and to be able to write application for level 3 diploma if required. Could be gained through formal education or vocational experience
- Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or equivalent. If you do not have this, the service will support you to complete this qualification; you must achieve this within two years of appointment as it is a statutory requirement of this post
- Awareness of the development needs of children in residential care.
- Knowledge of Children's home regulations 2015 (England)
- Knowledge of how to support children who have experienced trauma, harm or abuse
- Previous childcare experience, preferably in a residential setting
- Experience of working with children with disabilities, complex high-risk adolescents or related experience e.g. adults with disabilities
If you do not hold a Maths and English GCSE or equivalent, you will need to apply for Maths and English Keyskills before undertaking your Childcare qualification and being considered for this role. You can find out more about gaining a Maths and English Keyskills on the Government website Improve your English, Maths and IT Skills.
Please be advised you are required to bring certificates for your Maths and English (C and above) and any Childcare qualifications you hold.
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.
To apply, upload your CV and cover letter, explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role, ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.
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 an occupational health check.