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Early Help Support Worker (Open Access) - Folkestone and Hythe

Role Responsibility

Early Help within KCC Integrated Children’s Services provides targeted support to children and young people aged 0-19 (25) and their families. Open Access provision is delivered through our network of Youth Hubs and Children’s Centres and through outreach work in the community and by one-to-one bespoke interventions with individuals.

Our Vision is that every child and young person, from pre-birth to age 25, and their family, who needs early help services will receive them in a timely and responsive way, so that they are safeguarded, their educational, social and emotional needs are met, and outcomes are good, and they are able to contribute positively to their communities now and in the future, including their active engagement in learning and employment.

Kent Children’s Centres offer a friendly one-stop shop for families with children aged 0-8. They are welcoming places which offer activities, health services, training opportunities and parenting support.  They offer high quality play and learning environments and ensure stimulating opportunities for children.  The centres are placed at the heart of communities to enable parents to access the help they need and provide the best start in life for their young children.

About the roles:

We have 3 Early Help Support Worker vacancies in Folkestone & Hythe:

2 x Full time posts based at Folkestone Early Years Children’s Centre

1 x 30-hour part-time post based at Folkestone Early Years and Hawkinge Children’s Centres

These roles are all within the Early Help Open Access Children’s Centre Teams. You will be working with the team to provide support across the Children’s Centres. Most of the family work, groups and home visits will be targeted to support specific families and some of the work will require you to work on an outreach basis with the occasional weekend and evening.

About you:

We are looking for a motivated team member to work as an Early Help Support Worker working with children aged 0-8 years and their families.

You would be expected to plan, deliver, and evaluate activities using the EYFS Framework therefore it is a necessity that you have current Early Years’ experience. You will be responsible for facilitating groups and crèche provisions which will require you to observe, assess and plan for individual children.

If you have the relevant experience and qualifications, we would like to hear from you.

  • You will need to be an excellent team player
  • Able to engage children and their families
  • Have exceptional communication skills
  • An understanding of safeguarding thresholds is imperative
  • You will be flexible and creative in your approach and committed to develop new ways of working
  • You will be willing to learn, working collaboratively to innovate and find new solutions, taking personal and professional responsibility for your actions and performance
  • Ability to work in partnership across a range of providers including Health, Schools, and voluntary organisations.
  • Willingness to work across the sites and the District as required.

Interviews will be held on 27th July.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Contact Details

Karen Roberts 

03000 410656

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.


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