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

Top job! Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,414 – £36,071
  • Based at Early Years Scotland’s Glasgow office with some travel required as we are a national organisation
  • Closing 28th January 2019

If you believe in children having the best start in life, then this could be the rare opportunity you’ve been looking for!

What does the job involve?

Your key responsibilities will include leading a team of staff in the development, delivery and evaluation of early intervention and prevention services for young children 0-5 years and their families; providing management and leadership, managing budgets and fully participating as an active member of the management team.

We will welcome your application if you have

· a relevant degree level qualification with a focus on children in their early years (e.g. BA Childhood Practice)

· excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write clear, succinct and evaluative text

· experience of leading and managing staff and projects

· substantive experience working with young children 0-5 years and their families

· a full, current driving licence and your own transport as some travel may be required

In return….

We offer a highly competitive salary, a range of employee benefits, excellent professional development opportunities and the chance to be truly instrumental in making a difference to the lives of young children across Scotland.

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Early Years Practitioners

  • Full time or Part time
  • £19,673 – £21,292
  • Glasgow and surrounding areas
  • Closing 21st January 2019

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

Early Years Scotland is Scotland’s leading specialist national organisation that invests in our youngest children.

To equip our youngest children to achieve and thrive in a challenging world, we need exceptional and inspirational people. These are rarely available opportunities for qualified Early Years Practitioners to work in diverse and varied settings within communities and primary schools delivering quality Stay Play and Learn sessions. No two days are the same and you will meet and engage with a range of people using all yours skills and knowledge in the most positive and rewarding ways.

You will be fully involved in planning, delivering and evaluating shared play and learning experiences with families and their children; supporting children’s learning and development; developing innovative play provision and fostering positive relationships between parents and children to help reduce the poverty related attainment gap.

We provide a range of professional learning and practical experience opportunities that will enhance your career profile, develop your skills and knowledge in creative and unique ways, and inspire your practice at new and exciting levels.

Join us and enable generations of Scotland’s children to be the best they can be – what more is there?

How do our staff feel about working with Early Years Scotland?

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Professional Learning Senior Tutor

  • Full time
  • £25,576 – £29,952
  • Based in the Glasgow office with some travel
  • Closing 28th January 2019

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.

Early Years Scotland is looking for an exceptional individual to join their Professional Learning Team at an exciting stage in its development. This is an exceptional opportunity and a unique challenge waiting to be shaped by you!

You will work closely with the Head of Professional Learning and Quality Assurance supporting them to achieve the highest standards in all aspects of the Professional Learning Team’s remit.

You will have a pivotal role in shaping learning programmes, creating materials and influencing and improving practice. You will ensure that Early Years Scotland builds on its excellent reputation in this field and becomes a leading and sought after professional learning provider for the early years sector in Scotland.

You will bring a range of experience and skills including:

  • a relevant degree level qualification relating to early years
  • significant experience of delivering professional learning to qualified early years professionals
  • knowledge and experience of developing professional learning programmes
  • extensive experience and sound knowledge of current early years policy at local and national level
  • enthusiastic team player and an adept self-starter
  • A full, current driving licence with own transport insured for business use and membership of PVG Scheme will also be required.

We also offer an excellent range of professional development opportunities and the chance to be truly instrumental in making a difference to the lives of young children across Scotland.

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Schools Early Years Equity Manager

  • Full time
  • £28,272 – £30,794
  • Based in Glasgow
  • Closing 24th July 2018

Applicants should be qualified to degree level with an early childhood or teaching qualification.

Primary 1 Stay, Play and Learn

Early Years Scotland is developing and expanding this exciting venture that shares and promotes the Scottish Government’s vision of closing the attainment gap and equipping our youngest children to achieve and thrive in a challenging world.

As the Schools Early Years Equity Manager, you will lead a team of Early Years Practitioners delivering P1 Stay Play and Learn sessions in primary schools, supporting this vision as it becomes a reality.

You will lead the team within designated primary school settings to:

·facilitate regular Stay Play and Learn sessions with P1, and up and coming P1 children and their families encouraging them to play and learn together

·fully involve parents to promote and enrich the vital home/school learning link

·work in collaboration with the primary school staff teams

An excellent knowledge of managing an early learning and childcare setting, an understanding of primary school culture, and current knowledge of emerging practice are essential for the post.

We will welcome applicants who can demonstrate:

·understanding of the importance of play, parental engagement and family learning in young children’s learning and development

·experience of working collaboratively with other agencies

·excellent leadership and management skills

·excellent verbal and written communications skills with competent IT abilities

How do our staff feel about working for Early Years Scotland?

“ I absolutely love my role. The team I work with are so helpful and very enthusiastic about what we do at EYS” Dawn (Glasgow)

“ ……such a rewarding job with potential for making huge differences to people’s lives” Clare (Glasgow)

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Development & Support Officer

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Scottish Borders
  • Closing 3rd September 2018

Supporting established Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings in the Scottish Borders area with quality early years practice to ensure they achieve and sustain quality managed services. As many of the settings will be located in rural areas, it is important to be able to communicate effectively using a variety of methods, including digital platforms.

We will welcome applicants who can demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding of:

• existing and emerging ELC policies, procedures and practice

• inspection processes and requirements for ELC settings

• prioritising the levels of support required by ELC settings in line with local authority requirements

• the up and coming increased provision of ELC

• advising managers and management committees on quality management practice

• working collaboratively with other agencies

Post Details

• £7,869 pro-rata (£19,673 FTE) per annum (Point 19 on Scale 19-22)

• 14 hours per week over 52 weeks per annum

• 20 days Annual Leave in the first year to be taken within school holiday periods; 30 days thereafter pro-rata

• 12 public holidays per annum

• EYS contributes 5% of salary amount to staff pensions from 3 months’ service.

Pay and allowances are pro-rata to contracted hours

Qualifications: Applicants should be eligible to register as a Practitioner with SSSC (e.g. HNC Early Education & Childcare or SVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development and, ideally, also have SVQ Level 4 Childcare Learning and Development. A full, current driving licence with own transport for business use and membership of PVG Scheme are required.

This post and one for an Early Years Practitioner (Dumfries & Galloway) are advertised separately, however, consideration will be given to any applicant who may wish to combine both to create a 27 hours per week role which would be based at the EYS Dumfries office. Please indicate on the application form which you are applying for.

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Funding Officer

  • Part time
  • £20,764 – £22,588 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 10th September 2018

Qualifications:

Applicants should be qualified to degree level in an appropriate discipline with proven

experience in securing funding from diverse sources including trusts, foundations, statutory and institutional donors.

You will ideally have recent experience of a similar role for a grant awarding charity or not-for-profit organisation. You’ll be highly organised and a team player, with the ability to problem solve, use financial and budget information and communicate effectively with colleagues, funders and potential funders.

Able to build strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, you’ll be a strong leader, be customer focused and have a professional approach to work, managing deadlines and prioritising effectively.

Reporting to, and working closely with, the Business Development Manager, you will have responsibility for researching and identifying potential funding opportunities and projects for submission to trusts, foundations, statutory and institutional donors. You will also participate in the submission of bids as well as assisting with the preparation of evaluation and monitoring reports.

Although the focus will be on fundraising and reporting to funders and partners, as an ambassador and advocate for Early Years Scotland, you will need to have exceptional communication and relationship management skills.

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Policy Officer

  • Part time
  • £20,764 – £22,588 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 10th September 2018

Qualifications

Applicants should be qualified to degree level in an appropriate discipline with proven

experience in policy research and analysis.

Experience and skills

You will ideally have recent experience of a similar role and an appreciation of, and interest in, the Voluntary Sector and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) issues in Scotland. You will be skilled and experienced in building strong relationships and effective networks internally, at national and local government level, and by identifying and developing new areas to engage with. You will be a strong leader with exceptional communication and relationship management skills and an ability to manage deadlines and priorities effectively.

The Role

You will be key in raising Early Years Scotland’s expert profile in influencing policy, legislation and practice developments affecting ELC in Scotland through formulating responses to new policies and consultations in line with our mission and values.

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Early Years Practitioner (Stay, Play and Learn in Primary Schools)

  • Part time
  • TBC
  • Based at the EYS Dumfries office
  • Closing 3rd September 2018

Early Years Scotland is working with primary schools to achieve the Scottish Government’s vision of closing the attainment gap and equipping our youngest school children to achieve and thrive in a challenging world. Our aims for this service are ambitious with the main focus on ensuring excellent transitions for children from pre-school settings to the school environment; and establishing meaningful parental engagement and family learning.

Within primary school settings you will:

• facilitate regular stay, play and learning sessions with P1 children and their families

• encourage and stimulate the children and parents to play and learn together

• fully involve parents to promote and enrich the vital home/school learning link

We will welcome applicants who can demonstrate:

• knowledge and understanding of how young children develop and learn

• understanding of the importance of parental engagement and family learning

• excellent communication and organisational skills

Post Details

• £6,182 pro-rata (£19,673FTE) per annum (Point 19 on Scale 19-22)

• 13 hours per week over 44 weeks per annum

• 20 days Annual Leave in the first year to be taken within school holiday periods; 30 days thereafter pro-rata

• 12 public holidays per annum

• EYS contributes 5% of salary amount to staff pensions from 3 months’ service.

Pay and allowances are pro-rata to contracted hours

Qualifications:

Applicants should be eligible to register as a Practitioner with SSSC (e.g. HNC Early Education & Childcare or SVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development. A full, current driving licence with own transport for business use and membership of PVG Scheme are required.

This post and one for a Development & Support Officer (Scottish Borders) are advertised separately, however, consideration will be given to any applicant who may wish to combine both to create a 27 hours per week role which would be based at the EYS Dumfries office. Please indicate on your application form which you are applying for.

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Marketing Officer

  • Part time
  • £20,764 – £22,588 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 10th September 2018

Qualifications

Applicants should be qualified to degree level in an appropriate discipline, ideally Marketing.

Experience and skills

You will have proven experience in a marketing role with skills and ability in preparing press releases, creating marketing campaigns, using social media effectively, producing promotional materials and developing creative ways to communicate the Early Years Scotland (EYS) message. You will be a self-motivator with an ability to identify opportunities, plan appropriate and innovative strategies and achieve results.

The Role

You will promote, develop and raise the profile of EYS nationally. You will devise and implement marketing strategies to promote EYS services, membership recruitment and the EYS Professional Learning Academy. As a key ambassador for EYS, you will be an excellent communicator who will build and develop effective and dynamic relationships internally, with outside agencies and with other voluntary sector organisations.

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Events Organiser

  • Part time
  • £20,201 – £22,588 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 30th November 2018

Would you like to work for an organisation who strives to ensure children in Scotland have the best start? If your answer is yes, then please read on!

Applicants should be qualified in an appropriate discipline with proven experience in the organisation, planning and delivery of first class events. You should be meticulous in the planning of both small and large events, such as our flagship annual conference, which has in excess of 300 delegates.

You will have recent experience of a similar role and a proven track record in this area. You will be a highly organised individual who is a team player, with the ability to independently source and negotiate suitable venues, communicate effectively with colleagues, partners and other agencies

at all levels.

You will have the ability to build valuable relationships and networks. You will be customer focused and have a professional approach to managing deadlines and prioritising effectively. You will have the ability to build co-operative relationships and motivate others to achieve quality outcomes.

As you will regularly be the face of EYS at our own and other events, you will require exceptional organisation, communication and relationship management skills, with the ability to spot opportunities and the confidence and knowledge to promote EYS and its services in a variety of situations.

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Funding Officer

  • Part time
  • £20,764 – £22,588 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 7th January 2019

We are delighted at this exciting time, to introduce this brand new and unique role of ‘Funding Officer’, owing to the expansion of our organisation and the early years sector in across the country.

Working collaboratively with the EYS staff team, you will have responsibility for researching and identifying potential funding opportunities and projects for submission to trusts, foundations, statutory and institutional donors. You will also research and complete funding applications, as well as assisting with evaluation reports.

Applicants should be qualified to degree level with proven experience in securing funding from diverse sources including trusts, foundations, statutory and institutional donors. A full, current driving licence with own transport insured for business use and membership of PVG Scheme will also be required.

You will ideally have recent experience of a similar role with a funding organisation or not-for-profit organisation. You’ll 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.

Although the focus will be on fundraising and reporting to funders and partners, you will be a vital ambassador and advocate for Early Years Scotland.

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Early Years Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £19,673 pro-rata
  • Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss, East Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 14th January 2019

Early Years Scotland is recruiting for an exceptional person to work within the EYS Family Visitor Centre at

HMP Low Moss, East Dunbartonshire.

This Early Years Practitioner post will be working in a team of three professionals, involved in the co-ordinating and running of the EYS Family Visitor Centre at the prison which aims to achieve positive outcomes for prisoners’ children and families and for prisoners themselves 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 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.

The Early Years Practitioner will engage positively with children and families to promote the understanding of the importance of play and learning in young children’s development. They will also assist in offering one to one support and in signposting to other sources of information and advice.

Closing date for applications: 12 Noon, Monday 14 January 2019

Interviews will be held on: Thursday 24 January 2019

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Office Administrator

  • Full time
  • £17,230
  • Based at Early Years Scotland Office, 23 Granville Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow G3 7EE
  • Closing 7th January 2019

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and capable Office Administrator to join our fabulous team based at our main office in Glasgow. You will have a wide experience of general office administration duties, be competent with Microsoft Office software and have an excellent telephone manner as you will be the main point of contact at the office. You will enjoy providing a high standard of support to colleagues including - reception duties, photocopying, filing, purchasing and a wide variety of other administrative tasks.

Please apply if you are:

· helpful, enthusiastic, adaptable and self-motivated with a ‘can do’ approach

· an excellent communicator

· keen to grasp new challenges and opportunities

· willing to learn, develop and improve your expertise, skills and knowledge

· adept at multi-tasking with high standards and an eye for detail

· competent in MS Office, electronic filing and e-mail

· comfortable working as a team player as well as under your own initiative

An absolute necessity for this post is an excellent level of competence, confidence and accuracy in written and verbal communication. We will assess your suitability through your application form and at interview.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 7 January 2019

Applicants will take place on Friday 18 January 2019

* Due to office closure over the festive period, it will not be possible to acknowledge receipt of all applications and so we would advise that only those selected for interview will be contacted. If you have not heard from us by 14 January, please consider that your application has been unsuccessful this time. Thank you!

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