Early Years Practitioner (Various Roles)
£21,575 - £21,968 pro rata (£11.18 - £11.39 per hour)
31st Dec, 2022
Job description

Like all of us here at Barnsley Council, you care about children and their families. So you’ll relish this opportunity to play a key part in ensuring that children have access to quality early years education enabling them to achieve their potential.

Creativity, ambition and a focus on people. That’s what matters at Barnsley Council. Our award-winning council is on an exciting journey of change. It’s all about putting local people at the heart of everything, listening to and doing good for our communities. We’re now more innovative, more efficient and provide better value for money. The changes are clear to see - from new businesses and jobs, to improving school results and to museums being recognised for their community engagement. 

We have a number of positions that we are looking to fill, each working 39 weeks per year at the following locations:

Thurnscoe Family Centre:

Darfield Family Centre:

Grimethorpe Family Centre:

Kendray and Worsbrough Family Centre:

Athersley Family Centre

Dearne Family Centre


Your role in our journey

As an organised and enthusiastic individual you will assist with the care and education of children in our high quality sessional care setting adhering to all relevant policies and procedures and legislative requirements.

You will contribute to the planning, organisation and provision of appropriate play and educational activities following children’s interests, promoting individualised learning opportunities and observing and assessing children regularly.


What you’ll need

Alongside an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare or equivalent qualification.  You will also need to evidence that you have relevant experience of working with children aged 0-5 years in an early years childcare setting.

 Your communication skills, flexible approach and flair for building relationships will really set you apart.


Shape a better future with us

We’re thrilled to have achieved Investors in People (IIP) Gold status for how we lead, support and develop people. Now we’d like you to be part of our success and help us take change further. Join us on our journey to a brighter future. By working together, with each other and with our communities, we can take pride in improving lives. Let’s make a better Barnsley for everyone.


A lot to look forward to

Here at Barnsley, we live and work by four important values: honesty, teamwork, excellent service, and taking pride in what we do. As part of our team, you can be sure we’ll do all we can to support you in being truly excellent. You see, we prioritise learning and enabling you to achieve your potential. So we’ve created a development process that lets you grow in the way that suits you - whether that’s training to be a leader or learning flexibly online. That’s one of the reasons why we achieved IIP Gold, and why you’ll find your career here inspiring and rewarding.

 For an informal discussion please contact Sue Duke, Family Centre Manager on 01226 296969/774030/ 07786525958.

Please ensure you view the job profile for this role, as you will need to demonstrate in your application form how you meet the required criteria. 

We welcome the opportunity to have a chat about the role and are happy to address any questions you may have about flexible working arrangements, including as a result of caring responsibilities.

Barnsley Council is passionate about Equal Opportunities and Flexible Working. We're committed to equality and diversity in all aspects of our work and welcome candidates with a broad diversity of talent. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Click here for more information.

CVs will not be accepted.

The successful candidate will be required to speak English to an appropriate standard.

This post requires an Enhanced DBS Check 

 If you are currently living overseas or have lived overseas in the last five years please be aware, if you are the preferred candidate for the post, you will be required to apply for an overseas criminal records check from the country/countries you have resided in.  If you experience difficulty in obtaining an overseas criminal record check please email [email protected]   

Pensions Regulations have provisions to reduce pension payments in certain circumstances of those who return to work within local government service.  If you are in receipt of a pension upon commencing employment with the authority, this may affect your pension entitlements and you should therefore seek advice from the relevant Pensions Authority.

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