Working in early years and childcare

Current vacancies

You are an outstanding practitioner, you are enthusiastic, fun and passionate about wanting children to exceed - that is why we want to hear from you! A recent survey found “Slough the best place to work in the country” (Glassdoor research September 2017).

As an outstanding Practitioner you will want to add working with the Slough Early Years Service to your career. You will be part of a team that provides high quality learning environments to children in our Children’s Centres and across the range of other services we provide.

Slough Children’s Centres provide a wide range of multi-agency services to young children and their families. The progress children make in Slough at the end of the foundation stage is higher than the national average.

As a passionate, creative, fun and forward-thinking individual you are just what we are looking for to join our team. We offer excellent professional development opportunities for staff and plenty of scope to build a rewarding career in this exciting sector.

Senior Early Years Practitioner – 3 full time posts. In this key post within the Children’s Centres, you will lead the daily operation and administration of an early years room, providing excellent educational experiences and care for the children and supervision for members of staff.

SEND Outreach Worker - This is a vital role to provide services to children and families from birth where a child has suspected or diagnosed SEND.

Deputy Early Years Manager - As the Deputy to the Centre Operational Manager, you will help to manage the early years services and other operational aspects of the Children’s Centre. For this role, you will need well-developed management skills, in-depth knowledge of childcare regulations and legislation and significant experience of working in a senior position in the early years sector.

Early Years Practitioners - As an excellent early years practitioner, you will provide a high quality learning environment for children aged 0 to 8 at a Children’s Centre, ensuring the needs of the children are fully met.

Family Services Practitioner - 1 full time and 1 part time post (18 hours per week). A vital front-line role in which you will provide support groups, workshops and other early intervention activities at Slough’s Children’s Centres for vulnerable families with young children.

FIS Information and Advice Worker - 1 part time post (18.5 hours per week). Would you like to come and join a friendly, dynamic team? Are you interested in helping families in Slough? In this interesting and varied role you will need excellent interpersonal skills and experience of providing information and advice to families with children.

General Support Assistant - In this important operational post, you will provide a high quality support service at a Children’s Centre, including reception, administration, housekeeping and catering duties.

Housekeeper - 3 part-time posts (each 20 hours per week). An essential post within the Children’s Centres, in which you will provide a high quality housekeeping service including laundry, cleaning and catering duties.

Cook - You will be responsible for providing healthy nutritious meals to the children, following our menus, as well as ordering food, stock control and upkeep of the kitchen.

Early years and childcare information sessions

If you are thinking about a career in working with children then you can find out about the options available to you by attending an early years and childcare information session.

The session will cover the different job roles that are available when working with children. This will include information about becoming a childminder or working with children in an early years and childcare setting or school. Information about training requirements will also be provided. You can also find out about fostering and other family placement services.

Information sessions are available each term and usually last for 2 hours. To find out more about attending an information session please call Slough Early Years Service on 01753 476554.

Working in an early years setting

For most early years and childcare jobs you are required to have an early years or childcare qualification. This can be done full time at college or part time while working or volunteering. To start a qualification, learners should be at Entry Level 3 or above for Literacy and all learners will need to complete an initial assessment to identify their learning level and identify any needs.

It is possible to work towards a Level 2 or a Level 3 Early Years or Playwork qualification while working in a childcare setting. Some childcare providers will offer paid jobs to people who are training, others will take volunteers. Qualifications will comprise of a combination of written assignments and practical work-based observations.

Becoming a childminder

In Slough, people who are interested in becoming a childminder are invited to attend an early years and childcare information session (see above). Information about Childminding, Childminder training and Ofsted registration requirements are provided at this session and there is an opportunity to discuss individual questions about becoming a childminder. People attending the session are invited to submit an application to attend the home-based early years and childcare training course.

The home-based early years and childcare training course is approximately 18 hours long; there are seven sessions that cover core requirements such as child protection, health and safety and working with children in a home environment. The training is usually held on evenings and Saturdays over a five week period. A 12 hour paediatric first aid course is also required.

Registering as a childminder

You can register as a childminder through the Ofsted website. From submitting your application to Ofsted the registration process can then take up to 12 weeks, depending on the applicant. We recommend that you only attend the training when planning to register immediately, as changes in legislation could mean that you are no longer equipped to pass through the registration process.

If you would like to put your name down for the next early years and childcare information session or you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Early Years Service on 01753 476554.