Hailesland Early Years Assistant Vacancy

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The City of Edinburgh Council are recruiting an Early Years Assistant Vacancy based at Hailesland Early Years Centre.

The post is fixed term until 3 March 2025, working full time 36 hours per week with a salary of £26,788 – £30,751 per year.

Purpose of Job

To work collaboratively as a member of the early years team within all council early years provision. Assisting in meeting the educational, care and welfare needs of all children ensuring those with additional support needs who are able to attend a mainstream provision, can effectively access the curriculum. To be flexible and assist in carrying out general clerical duties as and when required in support of children’s learning. To provide support and assistance in the day-to-day operations of the School/Early Years Centre as directed by the Head Teacher/Head of Centre or nominated staff.

Job Activities

Under the direction and supervision of teaching or nominated staff, support children in the playrooms and throughout the learning environment through organised activities, providing support, assistance and encouragement to help each individual child achieve the best learning and development outcomes possible.

  • providing support to teachers, early years staff and children in all learning environments e.g.
    supporting all aspects of early learning and development including early language, mathematics, health and well being, lunch routines and other general early years activities;
  • assisting in supporting young children’s creativity and skills for life and learning through play and through implementation of planned programmes;
  • providing help to children in organising their day and to follow instructions;
  • assisting in the provision of a high level of individual and personal care to children with additional support needs e.g. feeding, toileting, changing, dressing, applying medical aids, assisting children with specialist apparatus by means of an agreed individualised care plan; whilst encouraging independence and ensuring safety and comfort
  • assisting in providing relevant information through record keeping, attendance at appropriate meetings as designated by the head teacher/Head of Centre or nominated staff member and contributing to the ongoing review of child programmes;
  • assisting in supporting record keeping by e.g. contributing towards the individual child’s personal learning profile;
  • within an agreed framework, assisting in implementing the School or Early Years improving relationships and behaviour management policy;
  • working as part of the school/early years setting staff team, ensuring the ongoing health, safety and welfare of the children including liaising with parents, professional agencies and individuals and bringing any matters concerning child protection to the attention of the teaching/senior early years staff in accordance with school/early years setting procedures and guidelines;
  • administrative elements of child welfare requirements, e.g. routine documentation and information dispersal, providing comfort and care for minor accidents, upsets or ailments e.g. cuts and bruises (reporting to teaching/early years staff if considered serious);
  • following standard procedures for risk assessment within and out with the playrooms environment when required.
  • assisting in programmes for children moving into mainstream schools/early years setting and other specialist provision e.g. supervising and escorting the child to the receiving school/establishments, assisting with allocated tasks, encouraging the child to participate in group activities.
  • participating in appropriate professional staff development opportunities, in service, refresher training as deemed appropriate.

You can read the full advertisement or apply for the post online here. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 13 February 2024.

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