Camden is committed to early intervention and prevention, with significant investment in early years. Camden’s 0-19 Resilient Families Programme evidences the boroughs commitment to ensuring Camden is a place where everyone has a chance to succeed and where nobody gets left behind.
The Integrated Early Years Service is responsible for delivering the children’s centre offer for children and their mums, dads and carers, from pregnancy to age 5 years. The service has recently undergone a transformation, including creating an enhanced Locality Model, implementing a new approach to supporting quality early education and developing a programme to integrate health visiting and family support services. This is an exciting time to join the service, as new ways of working are adopted across the borough to ensure the best start in life for children and their families.
Camden’s children’s centre provision is organised across five localities, with one children’s centre in each. In addition, there are four nurseries. The five Locality Leaders work in a designated locality with responsibility for:
- Leading early years services, taking a strategic approach to partnership working, as well as promoting and supporting the further integration of services.
- Leading and managing a wide range of work streams, projects and change programmes across IEYS, ensuring effective use of resources, focused on improving outcomes.
- Enabling and sustaining highly effective partnership working with a wide range of services and organisations within a locality (e.g. schools, PVI settings, GPs, voluntary sector organisations and Jobcentre Plus), and leading on establishing, delivering and coordinating the Camden Sure Start Partnerships.
- Using data and information gathered from the community develop an in-depth understanding of the needs of families in the locality and ensure that there is an appropriately designed local universal service offer integrated with targeted services to address identified needs.
The postholder will be based between the Head Offices at 5 Pancras Square and the children’s centres. Work will also take place in a variety of other community venues such as schools, nurseries and community centres.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.
We are recruiting three Locality Leaders to join the existing two managers, to be part of our senior management team. The successful candidates will have a background in early education, public health services, early help family work or social work. You will be an experienced leader and manager, with the skills to lead change, be innovative and solution-focused, as the significant service transformation programmes reach their implementation phase. Experience of working within a complex system, confidently managing ambiguity and uncertainty is essential to lead the change programmes successfully and embed new ways of working.
The ideal candidates will possess an in-depth knowledge of relevant research evidence and policy. You will be able to translate this knowledge into coherent service design and delivery, purposeful partnership working and parental involvement. You will be committed to driving integration and be able to communicate the benefits this brings to staff, families and for best use of resources.
You will be able to demonstrate skills in achieving service improvement using a range of data to gain insights, including user feedback. You will understand the importance of robust quality assurance processes and measuring success through evidence of outcomes.
You will have demonstrable experience of leading teams, enabling the team to work to the service vision and priorities and to contribute to the direction of the service. You will ensure there is a clear focus on priorities that link to meeting and adapting to customers’ needs. You will ensure staff have opportunities for professional development and there is a process of continuous learning using a variety of approaches.
You will therefore have the skills, experience, vision, drive and leadership qualities to enable a high performing service to deliver the best possible outcomes for the children, and their families, from pregnancy to age 5 years.
Camden’s main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King’s Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.
Camden is proud to be the country’s first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.
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Closing dates for applications: Sunday 11th November 2018
Interviews to be held: Week Commencing 3rd December 2018
Please quote reference: 180000XN