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Ref no:
EAL07496
Published:
5/8/2022
Closes:
21/8/2022
Location:
Council HQ, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA
Salary:
£59,364 - £66,901 per year
Contract Type:
Permanent
Position Type:
Full Time
Hours:
35 hours per week
Work From Home:
Yes

Vacancy Information

Days and Hours of Work:
Monday-Friday
9.00-17.00 (flexible)
To start asap

Applications are invited for a Service Manager – Early Years role.  You will be an experienced leader, with strong experience in leading in early years and family learning. You will also have an in depth knowledge of local and national priorities and key developments in supporting the youngest children to develop and flourish.  This role will require you to work across education and children’s services to develop a holistic approach for children and families that places early intervention and prevention at the heart of service delivery. You will also be responsible for ensuring improvement in the quality of Early Learning and Childcare across East Lothian.  You will lead the development of family learning approaches, ensuring that children and families have access to support when and where they need it.   

The Role
The main role of the Service Manager is to work with the Education and Children’s Services senior management team and provide strategic and operational leadership, vision, advice and effective management to the Council for all aspects of Early Years and Family Support, designing and delivering service planning and improvement relating to all Early Years’ services including schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings across Local Authority, Private and Third Sector environments in line with local and national legislation and guidance.

The Individual
The post is suited to an individual who has significant leadership experience in early years and family support.  The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate their impact on improving the quality of services and outcomes for service users and in raising, or maintaining, high standards of service delivery. They should be committed to collegiate working and working in partnership with colleagues from Education and Children’s Services and to developing new and innovative approaches that support the youngest children and their families.  This is a challenging post which will require qualities of vision, leadership, teamwork and excellent communication skills.

Home Working Consideration  
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

Job Details

To ensure the co-ordinated management and delivery of an effective and efficient holistic Early Years’ Service focused on Getting it Right for every child in East Lothian.

To support the Council’s Head of Education, Head of Children’s Services and Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services to build and maintain high standards of care and service provision across all aspects of Early Years and Family Support.

As part of the Education and Children’s Services senior management team, provide strategic and operational leadership, vision, advice and effective management to the Council for all aspects of Early Years and Family Support, designing and delivering the service planning and improvement relating to all Early Years’ services including schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings across Local Authority, Private and Third Sector environments in line with local and national legislation and guidance.

The post holder will assist both Heads of Service in improving outcomes for children and families, strengthen support for all children and families across the ELC public, private and voluntary sectors and have lead responsibility for the process of providing support and challenge to secure continuous improvement in Early Learning and Childcare across schools and settings. The post holder will have lead responsibility for the development and the coordination of effective family support services across East Lothian, working in partnership with health, the third sector and children’s social work services

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Educated to degree level or equivalent and/or substantial level of relevant knowledge/training/experience.
Evidence of Career-Long Professional Development.

SSSC registration is an essential requirement of this role. If you are appointed and are not already a member of the relevant section of the SSSC Register, you will be required to apply for registration as soon as possible and this must be achieved within six months of your start date.

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UKwebsite.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link: www.eastlothian.gov.uk/nonteachinginfo

If you have any difficulties creating an account on MyJobScotland or applying for this post please contact the MyJobScotland support team via this link https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/contact-us.

If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on recruitment@eastlothian.gov.uk

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail).  All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form.  Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form.