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.

Current vacancies

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.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

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)

This vacancy has now closed

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