Early Years Scotland
Early Years Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC003725

Who are we and what do we do? Early Years Scotland is Scotland’s leading national Third Sector specialist organisation that supports our youngest children from birth to 5 years of age. Our fully qualified early years staff work directly with children and their families to deliver our unique Stay Play and Learn sessions in a variety of settings including nurseries, community halls, schools and prisons. We work increasingly in prisons, and areas where there are children and families who have the greatest need, and will benefit most from our services. We have been established for over 50 years, and we are very proud of our long and ever-growing track record in supporting Scotland’s youngest children to have the very best start in life.

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Family Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £20,875 pro-rata
  • Early Years Scotland (EYS) Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss, East Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 30th July 2021

We are looking for a highly motivated and supportive Family Support Worker for the Early Years Scotland Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss. Families who are affected by imprisonment face emotional, financial and practical difficulties as a result of their family member’s imprisonment and they can find it difficult to access the information and support they need to overcome these difficulties. The EYS Family Visitor Centre improves the visits experience for families and friends. Provides independent and impartial advice, information and support to prisoners’ families, which meets their needs. This in turn creates less stress, builds confidence and improve emotional, financial and practical support for families.

The service aims to achieve positive outcomes for imprisoned family members, children and families by fulfilling three core functions:

  • improving the experience of visiting a family member or loved one in prison
  • allowing families to access independent and impartial advice, information and support which meets their needs
  • championing families’ needs towards the prison system

The Family Support Worker will connect positively with visitors offering information and advice and one to one support and collaborate effectively with community-based services to develop the service. They will work alongside the Centre Co-ordinator and an Early Years Practitioner in order to provide a support and positive environment.

Post Details:

29 hours per week over 52 weeks per annum (to include Sundays and evenings) as follows:

  • Sunday 13.00pm - 5pm
  • Monday 09.30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 09.30am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 12.00pm - 5pm
  • Thursday 09.30am - 5pm

These hours are subject to change depending on changes to prison visits in the future.

  • £17,296 pro-rata per annum (£20,875 FTE); £11.47 per hour (Point 19 on scale 19-22)
  • 20 days Annual Leave in the first year rising to 30 days thereafter
  • 12 public holidays per annum
  • PVG Scheme membership will be required

Salary, allowances and entitlements are pro-rata to hours worked.

This post is funded by the Scottish Government until 31 March 2022; and by Children in Need until end of August 2021 when the number of hours per week may be adjusted (subject to continued funding)

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Funding Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £29,999
  • Based in Glasgow (remote or blended office working is available)
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

Early Years Scotland is Scotland’s leading national Third Sector specialist organisation that supports our youngest children from birth to 5 years of age. Established for over 50 years, we have a long and ever-growing track record in supporting Scotland’s youngest children to have the very best start in life.

We are delighted to introduce this brand new and unique role of Funding Manager at an exciting time of expansion of the early years sector across Scotland.

Working collaboratively with the EYS staff team you will have responsibility for managing and developing our funding and income generation activities including financial management, reporting directly to funders and supporting other managers with reporting. You will have cross-organisational management responsibilities as an integral member of the management team, and you will be a vital ambassador and advocate for Early Years Scotland.

Applicants should have proven experience in management and in securing funding from diverse sources including tenders, trusts, foundations, statutory and institutional donors. You will ideally have recent experience of a similar role with a funding organisation or not-for-profit organisation. You will be highly organised and a team player with the ability to problem solve, use financial and budget information and you will have superb communication skills. You will be excellent at networking and building strong relationships with stakeholders and you’ll be a strong leader, be customer-focused and have a highly professional approach to your work at all times, managing deadlines and prioritising effectively.

Post details:

• Full-time, 35 hours per week (part-time hours will be considered)

• £29,999 per annum

• 20 days annual leave in first year and 30 days thereafter

• Excellent benefits including 5% employer pensions contribution, 12 public holidays and Employee Assistance Programme.

• Membership of PVG Scheme will be required.

• All pay and allowances are pro-rata

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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 29th November 2021

Early Years Scotland (EYS) is the national leading organisation that invests in our youngest children prebirth to 5. We deliver and support high quality Early Learning and Childcare for children and families across Scotland and are committed to providing the very best start in life for each and every child in Scotland.

Our services aim to narrow the poverty-related attainment gap by strengthening and improving confidence, attachment, interactions, transitions, shared learning through play, and the quality of the home learning environment.

To help develop our strategic, business and fundraising plans, we are seeking to extend and diversify our Board. Therefore, we encourage applications from experienced and interested members of all communities to join our Board who share our vision, aims and objectives.

Through our commitment to improve representation in all that we do, we particularly welcome applications from all ages, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, non-British nationals, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), and intersex (LGBTQI+) and people with disabilities. EYS aims to support ethnically diverse families and help to build confidence in our practitioners in developing culturally responsive practices and ensuring that all families have a sense of belonging.

Our 2020 Board Skills’ Audit demonstrated we have a well-rounded Board with skills across a range of areas. Early

Years Scotland therefore welcomes all interested applicants, and we are particularly keen to welcome new Trustees who can share skills and experience in one or more areas, including:

  • Experience of anti-racist practice in early years and beyond
  • Those in a Practitioner role
  • Those who have direct experience of poverty related issues that affect children
  • Third Sector/voluntary sector experience
  • Perinatal and infant health
  • Digital marketing skills
  • Human Resources
  • Fundraising/Income Generation
  • Parents of early years aged children
  • Risk management

The EYS Board has a clear, agreed and effective approach to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation and in its own practice. This approach supports good governance and the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes.

The role of the EYS Board of Directors is:

  • To ensure the effective governance of the organisation
  • To set the framework within which the organisation will operate
  • To determine strategic policy and directions
  • To generally control and supervise the activities of the organisation.

Board Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the work of the organisation:
  • Provides vision and leadership
  • Is consistent with the aims and objects
  • Is compliant with Charity and Company Law
  • Is accountable to members, funders and the general public
  • Ensures adequate levels of resources
  • Employs staff
  • Oversees policy direction
  • Sets standards
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Maintains the organisation’s standing and reputation
  • Represents the organisation as appropriate
  • Ensures effective communication systems are in place
  • Oversees financial matters.

Board Commitment

The Board meet on average four times per year. The meetings are convened on a date, venue and time convenient to a majority of Directors. At present meetings have been held online, and this model may continue to be utilised for future meetings, as well as scheduled meetings in person. Directors may also be invited to serve on, or act as an office-bearer to, the charity’s subsidiary company’s Board of Directors, other standing committees or working groups.

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Centre Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £26,298 pro-rata
  • Early Years Scotland Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss
  • Closing 12th May 2022

Early Years Scotland is looking for an exceptional person to work within the EYS Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss, East Dunbartonshire.

The Centre Co-ordinator will facilitate, manage, and oversee the running of the Family Visitor Centre, line manage the Early Years Practitioner and Family Support Worker, and co-ordinate the contribution of volunteers. They will liaise with prison staff and community-based organisations to develop the provision and the services available to visitors to ensure the three core functions:

  • improve the experience of visiting a family member or loved one in prison
  • allow families to access independent and impartial advice, information and support which meets their needs
  • champion families’ needs towards the prison system

The Early Years Scotland team will provide a range of services, advice, assistance, experiences and information as required to suit the needs of the children and families in their visits and in their daily lives.

Staff benefits including:

  • Provision of regular professional learning sessions on a range of relevant topics
  • 5% employer pension contribution from 3 months’ service
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Paid sick leave entitlement on a service-related increasing scale
  • Support for professional learning qualifications
  • Enhanced maternity/adoption leave pay for eligible staff

Membership of PVG Scheme will also be required.

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Early Years Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £21,292
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Closing 31st August 2022

Could you inspire our youngest people to become the amazing citizens of the future?

Early Years Practitioners (EYPs) with Early Years Scotland (EYS) have a unique, exciting role within the early years sector. Our EYPs utilise all the excellent skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired through their studies and previous posts, to work with children and their families together, supporting family engagement, and family learning.

Would you like to work with children and families together, in group sessions within the community?

Our staff work hand-in-hand with children and families on a continual basis, across varied settings within communities with a focus on enriching and enhancing parental skills, and capacity to improve, strengthen and maximise:

  • positive attachments and relationships between parents and children
  • early literacy and communication
  • shared interactions and approaches to learning
  • cost-free enriched home learning environments
  • healthy living

You will be fully involved in planning, developing and evaluating the innovative shared play and learning sessions

you deliver, and a typical week’s activity will consist of:

  • delivering Stay Play and Learn sessions with families and children aged birth to 5 years
  • delivering Baby Massage sessions with parents and carers in community settings

EYS will likewise invest in you, providing regular professional learning and experience opportunities that will enhance your career profile, develop your skills and knowledge in creative and unique ways, and inspire your practice in new and exciting ways.

Our youngest citizens need YOU!

Post Details (all pay and allowances are pro-rata and subject to continued funding)

  • Full Time: 35 hours per week over 44 weeks per annum (part-time hours will be considered)
  • Salary starting at £21,292 per annum FTE. Point 19 on scale 19 – 22.
  • [Pro-rata salary for 44 weeks: £18,016 per annum, approx. £1,501 per month, paid over 12 months]
  • 20 days annual leave in first year, and 30 days thereafter
  • 12 public holidays per year
  • Fixed term contract to end of June 2023

A range of staff benefits including:

  • Provision of regular professional learning sessions on a range of topics relevant to your post
  • 5% employer pension contribution from 3 months’ service
  • Employee Assistance Programme (online, telephone and personal advice on a wide range of subjects)
  • Paid sick leave entitlement on a service-related increasing scale
  • Support for professional learning qualifications.

Qualifications

Applicants must have relevant professional qualification (e.g., HNC Early Education & Childcare or SVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development) with relevant experience for the role. PVG Scheme membership will also be required.

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Family Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £21,292 pro-rata
  • HMP Low Moss, East Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 30th September 2022

We are looking for a highly motivated and supportive Family Support Worker for the Early Years Scotland Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss. Families who are affected by imprisonment face emotional, financial and practical difficulties as a result of their family member’s imprisonment and they can find it difficult to access the information and support they need to overcome these difficulties. The EYS Family Visitor Centre improves the visits experience for families and friends.

Provides independent and impartial advice, information and support to prisoners’ families, which meets their needs. This in turn creates less stress, builds confidence and improve emotional, financial and practical support for families.

The service aims to achieve positive outcomes for imprisoned family members, children and families by fulfilling three core functions:

  • improving the experience of visiting a family member or loved one in prison
  • allowing families to access independent and impartial advice, information and support which meets their needs
  • championing families’ needs towards the prison system

The Family Support Worker will connect positively with visitors offering information and advice and one to one support and collaborate effectively with community-based services to develop the service. They will work alongside the Centre Co-ordinator and an Early Years Practitioner in order to provide a support and positive environment.

Post Details (all pay and allowances are pro-rata and subject to continued funding)

29.5 hours per week over 52 weeks per annum (to include weekends and evenings) as follows:

  • Tuesday 12pm - 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 12pm - 7.30pm
  • Thursday 12pm - 7.30pm
  • Friday 12pm - 5.00pm
  • Saturday 1pm - 4.30pm

(These hours are subject to change depending on changes to prison visits in the future).

  • £17,946 pro-rata per annum (£21,292 FTE); £11.70 per hour (Point 19 on scale 19-22)
  • Fixed term to 31 March 2023 (subject to continuing funding)
  • 20 days annual leave in the first year rising to 30 days thereafter
  • 12 public holidays per year
  • A range of staff benefits including:
    • Provision of regular professional learning sessions on a range of topics relevant to your post
    • 5% employer pension contribution from 3 months’ service
    • Employee Assistance Programme
    • Paid sick leave entitlement on a service-related increasing scale
    • Support for professional learning qualifications
    • Enhanced parental/adoption leave pay for eligible staff

Applicants must have relevant professional qualification (e.g., health or social care or other) with relevant experience for the role. PVG Scheme membership will also be required.

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