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Practitioner

Job Introduction

A practitioner is required for 18.5 hours a week to work at Conniburrow Children's Centre.  Although the base will be Conniburrow Children's Centre the practitioner may be expected to move across other centres to support when necessary. The successful candidate will be expected to wok to deliver key activities within an integrated service offering care, education, employment guidance and family support that meet the needs of children and families, particularly those who find it difficult to access key services, through establishing positive relationships. The role will have a positive impact on children and families, particularly those who are deemed to be more vulnerable,  through enhanced and quality parental engagement, parenting skills development, health promotion and childcare within designated communities.

Main Responsibility

  • Support parents of children under 5 years old to increase knowledge of their child’s development and potential, enable them to gain confidence in their role as a parent and to build better family relationships by applying professional expertise and best practice.
  • Promote and deliver a range of activities to support the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), providing positive child centred learning opportunities and, in particular, plan and deliver a range of universal and targeted Stay and Play sessions to support children and families accessing the EYFS leading to school readiness. 
  • Contribute to the increase of local community involvement in children’s centre services through developing the capacity of local people, volunteers, community organisations, ensuring that community involvement is at the centre of the programme.
  • Contribute to the promotion and delivery of outreach services, targeting families who find it difficult to access provision.
  • Where appropriate, ensure progressive communications with partner agencies thereby contributing to a positive multi-agency approach to meeting the needs of the children and families in line with the children’s centre service approach.

  • Contribute to the increase of local community involvement in children’s centre services through developing the capacity of local people, volunteers, community organisations, ensuring that community involvement is at the centre of the programme.

 

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working with young children and their families
  • Early education or childcare related qualification
  • Transferable skills
  • Good communication, friendly, approachable, and flexible
  • Good IT skills

 

Package Description

​We are really proud of the benefits we are able to offer our staff here at Milton Keynes Council, including:-

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates of 19.7%
  • 27 days annual leave per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Our Professional Development Centre provides access to courses such as in-house management development programmes endorsed by the Institute of Leadership, Apprenticeship Programmes (junior and senior), coaching and mentoring and access to our Smarter Learning portal
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Health Cashplan
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings on a wide range of retail, leisure and entertainment products and services such as Pizza Express, M&S, B&Q, John Lewis and Arriva Travel.
  • SmartGo – Aimed at encouraging low-carbon transport and healthy lifestyle with discounted travel e.g. Halfords, Arriva, Europcar, National Railcards and Stagecoach.
  • Homebuy Scheme (for eligible roles)
  • Smarter working which provides the opportunity to work from various locations including from home for a proportion of your role (subject to business needs)
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements
  • Childcare Subsidy

About the Company

 

 

Milton Keynes is a diverse, multi cultural, adrenaline packed expanding city with so much to offer on its door step. From beautiful open spaces, a busy theatre district, large shopping centre to a number of cultural and leisure facilities.

Milton Keynes Council has an array of responsibilities, such as: education, housing, highways and social services. Altogether, the council provides over 240 services to the citizens of Milton Keynes, and to meet such an extensive and diverse range of challenges we must be innovative and dynamic to provide services successfully to meet the increasing demands that will accompany the growth of Milton Keynes. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with us. If you want to make a difference and experience a fulfilling job measured on outcomes and results with great work-life balance, make a move to Milton Keynes Council.

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