Senior Childcare Development Worker - Kings Park Primary School

Midlothian Council
£28,684 - £31,333 per year
04 Sep 2017
21 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description


King's Park Primary School is in Dalkeith and was built in 1903. Currently, there are 18 classes, including a 60/60 nursery class. We have a very good reputation in the local community and had a very positive Education Scotland inspection in 2013. Staff retention is stable overall and we have a healthy balance of new staff along with a loyal, longer serving group of staff. We work very closely with parents. We aim to foster self esteem, motivate learners to reach their potential and achieve the highest possible standards.

The nursery community is very committed to continuous improvement. Within our team, continuous professional development is highly valued and our staff culture is one where staff are very keen to take ownership of initiatives and to develop their practice. Our improvement priorities include building on our partnerships with parents and developing play outdoors.

This is an exciting time for King's Park Nursery and we look forward to new staff joining our team. Please feel welcome to contact the school should you require any further information or would like to arrange a visit.

You must have experience in a Childcare environment and hold a practitioner level qualification (e.g. SVQ3 in Childcare & Early Years Education or an HNC in Childcare and Education, or equivalent) that meets the requirements for SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) registration. Qualifications which were previously recognised for SNNEB/NNEB registration may be acceptable.

Jobholders must also hold the Level 2 Child Protection and Risk Assessment and Process Training; the Elementary Food Hygiene and First Aid for Childcare Certificate.

It is essential that candidates have proven leadership qualities combined with good communication, organisational, motivational, and interpersonal skills. Evidence of good team working and collaboration skills is required along with a flexible and responsive approach, self motivation, the ability to work under pressure as well as the capability to take on additional responsibilities as and when required. Evidence of embracing innovative and creative practice is also an essential requirement to be considered for this role. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a passion and flair for working with young children and families as well as a commitment to equality and social inclusion. Good experience of developing self reflection and evaluative skills is also required. Candidates must have experience of the development and implementation of service plans and programmes and be able to demonstrate experience of participation in local networking and working groups.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of young children's learning and development, local and national policy, research, legislation and documentation. Candidates are required to show a good understanding of the nature of quality ELC as defined by current guidelines and legislation.

To be able to be flexible with working hours pattern in order to accommodate planned staff team meetings.

BA in Childhood Practices

Froebel qualification

It is desirable that candidates have experience of supporting children with ASN, a knowledge of positive behaviour strategies, and experience of using a family learning approach to support children and families.

Experience of leading a team.


Position Title: Senior Child Care and Development Worker

Position Number: SPKN448

Directorate: Education

Location: King's Park Primary School

Contract Status: Permanent

Hours of Work: 36 hours per week

Working Pattern: Monday - Friday 08.15 - 15.55 (with expectation to be flexible in order to accommodate staff meetings)

Weeks per year: 39

Closing Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017

Interview Date: Friday 29 September 2017

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 39 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £21,513.29 per annum.


Regulated Work with Children

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you.

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

The Individual

If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing attached documentation, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team, stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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