Child and Family Practitioner

Waltham Forest, London (Greater)
£24,000 FTE
07 Jun 2019
07 Jul 2019
Part Time
Contract Type

Early Years Practitioner

Purpose of Role:

The primary purpose of the role is to lead the Reading from the Start pre-literacy project for 2-3 year olds and their families.  This will involve developing and coordinating weekly family reading sessions at the Paradox Centre (Chingford) and supporting a cohort of families with home learning. 

Benefits of working for us:

We continually review our benefits package to ensure our staff are rewarded for the amazing work they do.

On completion of your probationary period you will be entitled to:

  • 30% discount on childcare at one of our Outstanding nurseries
  • 30% discount on holiday clubs run by our nurseries for all staff with primary aged children
  • 30% discount on breakfast and tea-time clubs
  • Outstanding training & development opportunities
  • Discretionary health and well-being service including access to 24/7 psychological wellbeing helpline; 24/7 GP advice line and diagnosis, treatment, surgery and tests at one of our healthcare providers approved hospitals
  • 20 days holiday, plus bank holidays rising to 30 days
  • Pension scheme (auto enrolment)
  • Subsidised hot lunch

We are passionate about our staff well-being and listen to what they say on how we can help them to stay healthy. We are currently running a free weekly Zumba club for all staff.

Role context:

Poverty predicts educational outcomes in the UK more strongly than in any other developed country, and inequalities have an effect from a very early age. By the age of three, children from poorer families can lag as much as nine months behind their better-off peers. This gap grows over time, with many poor children falling two years behind by the age of 14. It is estimated that if every child left primary school with the reading skills they need, our economy could be more than £32.1 billion bigger by 2025. Based on the 2013 National Statistics data this would equate to over £500 pounds per household in 2014, nearly £900 in 2020 and over £1,200 per household by 2025. Many employers also face direct costs to their business.

The Reading from the Start programme aims to improve literacy skills, language, communication and social interaction and foster a love of reading, in 150 children aged 2-5 who live on Peabody housing estates in London. The project has been running since 2014 and has supported over 600 children and their families with early literacy, confidence and an understanding of the family bonding and delivering over 1100 books directly to children’s home. 

Every month children registered on the Reading from the Start programme receive a book, along with materials to encourage and support their parents to read with them. Over the past four years parents and their children have also been invited to weekly reading groups in Thamesmead, Waltham Forest, Islington and Hackney where a professional and trained volunteers have run lively and engaging sessions enabling families to learn together, developing confidence and skills and build peer support networks.   

With support from Vinci Facilities, Peabody want to further develop the Reading from the Start programme on targeted estates in Waltham Forest and Thamesmead.

The project aims to:

  • Promote a greater interest in play and engaging with books amongst children aged 2-3 and parents
  • Support families in developing their role in children’s learning and development
  • Enable families to make more of everyday opportunities and awareness of how different kinds of play can impact on learning and development
  • Support families spending more time interacting with their children around play and engaging with books
  • Help families access more opportunities 
  • Test new way of joining the dots between existing services and/or working across children’s lives so that children from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit from a seamless pipeline of high quality, tailored support.

Qualification: Level 3 (minimum)

Employment type: Part time . (18 hours 0.5 FTE). 1 Year Fixed Term Contract.

Location: London Borough of Waltham Forest

Annual Salary: £24,000 (FTE)

Application Deadline:  Friday 17th May 2019 5pm.

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