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Early Years and Childcare Adviser

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking to recruit Early Years and Childcare Advisers to support with Early Years Expansion work including Wraparound support. The posts are being offered on a fixed term basis for one year . Part time work requests will be considered for this post.

The positions are mobile posts, offering flexible working opportunities and will involve a mixture of work from home, our office based in Sunley House (Papworth Everard) and out at settings within Cambridgeshire (a car and driving licence will be required).

The main duties of the role will include:

  • To quality improve and support identified Early Years and/or Childcare settings to ensure high quality sustainable provision.
  • To deliver training and advice on all aspects of the EYFS and/or playwork, promoting equalities, inclusion, and safeguarding.
  • To provide advice and support to settings, in all aspects of EYFS and/or playwork, with a view to raising children’s outcomes and enthusiasm for play and learning.
  • To support the development of settings to increase their capacity to provide inclusive and appropriate education for children in vulnerable groups, including SEND.

The successful candidate will need to hold a relevant qualification in early years or playwork and have a thorough understanding of the sector and vulnerable groups, with at least two years post qualification management level experience and a minimum of five years’ experience of direct work in childcare practice.

For an informal discussion or further information about this opportunity, please contact Jenn Barker by email:

Please evidence on your supporting statement how you meet the essential criteria of the person specification.

Interview date – Wednesday 17th April 2024.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

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