Early Years Support Worker Midlothian Sure Start

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Organisation information

Midlothian Sure Start

Charity registered in Scotland SC031038

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Aims & objectives

To promote social inclusion through a positive start in young people's lives, personal growth and development of the very youngest children ( 0-3 ) before they start pre-school education, community based, family focused, support to parents through a variety of mechanisms to strengthen parents ability and maximise their childrens potential
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Time of attendance
Mon-Fri 8:30-4pm (30 min unpaid Lunch Break)
No of references
Hours (per week)
Not supplied
Salary (£/hr)
£9 per hour

Job description

Key Tasks:

1. General

To ensure the Playroom is clean and tidy at the end of the sessions when required.

Attend in service staff training

Work as part of a team.

Attend monthly support and supervision sessions.

Attend weekly staff meetings.

2. Children

Ensuring the physical needs of children/babies are met during sessions, Including toilet

needs, changing and feeding.

Provide play opportunities that are appropriate to development needs of children.

To set out the playroom when required.

Follow child protection guidelines.

Provide a safe, loving and stimulating environment for children (predominantly 0-3).

Offer constructive and imaginary play as well as creative and messy play.

Offer stimulating and diverse play and collective involvement through dancing, singing and storytelling.

To be an empathetic, responsive and available attachment figure for each child.

Plan program of activity for child based on specific development needs.

Contribute to the development of each child's self-esteem and positive self-identity.

Update profiles for each child.

Encourage positive relationships between children.

Give all children equal respect and attention without favouritism or criticism.

Provide children with opportunities to experience diverse cultural values and beliefs.

Where feasible, and in conjunction with Co-ordinator attend home visits to meet the children.

To be a key worker for the child(ren).

3. Parents & Children

Respect confidentiality at all times and to uphold the core values in all areas of work.

Assist parents to develop Confidence in playing with children. Provide parents with ideas of activities they can engage with their children.

In conjunction with the Co-ordinator, update parents on development of children.

Provide support and guidance to parents in relation to their parent/child relationship and parent’s needs.

Assist parents to care for and play with children on outings.

4. Equal Opportunities

To adopt an approach which challenges within self and others, attitudes, assumptions and behaviours which discriminate, prevent participation and foster disadvantage. In all areas of work to show a commitment to implementing Equal Opportunity Policy, including monitoring and evaluation.

Person specification

Person Specification: Early Years Support Worker

(E = Essential D = Desirable)

Qualification :

HNC in Child care and Education/ NNEB, D

SVQ 2 Early Years Care and Education or equivalent D


Thorough knowledge of child development D

Knowledge of child protection procedures D

Up to date information on developments in childcare D

Knowledge and understanding of the needs of families D

with young children


Working with children for 3 years D

Planning activities to meet child’s development needs D

Keeping child profiles D

Settling children D


Ability to communicate effectively with children E

Ability to communicate effectively with their parents D

Work independently and as part of a team D

Good communication skills E

Ability to drive D


Non discriminatory E

Empathetic understanding of difficulties E

experienced by families in crisis

Positive and valuing of others E

Additional information

A Qualification in childcare or working towards one is desirable, but not essential. Experience of working with young children is desirable. An understanding of family experiences and good interpersonal and communication skills are required.

PVG/disclosure requirements

Required - Cannot start until successful Disclosure/PVG scheme membership is received