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Early Years SEND Inclusion and Portage Practitioner

Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Part Time , Hours per week - 22.2 

Salary:£22,185 - Pro-Rata 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8RF 


Closing date:09 December 2021 at midnight 

Our main aim is to improve outcomes for children of Leicestershire. If you are successful you will be supported by Managers to be creative and solution focused as well as having access to a variety of professional development opportunities.
People who work in our service say that we are a caring, approachable, friendly service who work well together and with other professionals. Staff are made to feel valued and that they are making a difference.
We have an Inclusion and Diversity working party that meets regularly and the local authority has other supportive groups where you will have the opportunity to learn and connect with others.
We operate on a fully inclusive employment policy and therefore welcome without exceptions candidates who have protected characteristics. Our one prerequisite is that you are the best at what you do
  • To provide a package of Portage home visits to very young children and their parents/carers.
  • To keep records as required by the Portage Manager.
  • To promote the education and development of children under 5 years with special educational needs
  • To implement the programme of support devised by the specialist SEND advisor
  • Training on a course for Portage Home Visitors recognised by the National Portage Association or willingness to undertake the above training
  • Level 3 in childcare or equivalent 
  • Substantial experience with working families and children who have SEND Experience of collaborative working within a partnership context with external agencies to enhance SEND
  • Experience of having worked with children under 5 
  • Knowledge of child development up to the age of 5
  • Knowledge of a range of special educational needs 
  • Knowledge of the SEND code of practice and the Early Years Foundation Stage 
  • Good personal organisational skills e.g. time management 
  • Ability to relate to parents/carers who may be under considerable stress
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, coupled with good listening skills
  • Evidence of being able to work collaboratively within a team with the ability to generate enthusiasm
  • The ability to take responsibility for meeting deadlines adjusting tasks and priorities as situations demand
  • A flexible approach to working, including out of-hours, and an ability and willingness to travel to various locations
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, Equality and Diversity and the ability to apply this to strategic work and day-to-day situations
  • Must be able to perform all duties and tasks with reasonable adjustment, where appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010
This post is the subject of a DBS enhanced check for a regulated activity
Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page
If you feel that you would like to find out more about the job then please contact Ruth Melluish ruth.melluish@leics.gov.uk 0116 3059320
We look forward to receiving and reading your application form.
We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce. We are on a journey to be an inclusive department where a culture to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded and discrimination challenged at every level together as a department.  We warmly welcome those from all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs - this diversity is vital to our journey and is fundamental to our values and enriches the services we offer our children and families.
For further information about working for Leicestershire County Council, please click here.

If you have any technical issues completing your application form please contact escservicedesk@emss.org.uk

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