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Early Help Support Worker

Role Responsibility

Kent Open Access Children’s Centres offer a range of support services for families with children aged 0-7. 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.

As an Early Help Support worker, you would form part of a team facilitating Early Years groups for children and their parents/carers around the Early Years Foundation Stage, one to one interventions with families, and develop links with local Early Years settings.

Children’s Centres form part of the Early Help team within KCC Integrated Children’s Services and provide universal and targeted support to children and their families.  Open Access provision is delivered through our network of Youth Hubs (for young people aged 8-19 (25) and Children’s Centres (for children aged 0-7) and through outreach work in the community and by one-to-one bespoke interventions with individuals.

For more information on Early Help please click here:

About You:

  • You will hold a recognised qualification and have professional work background relevant to the job you are applying for e.g., early years/family support/health/education.   
  • Be passionate about changing outcomes for children and young people. 
  • Have good communication skills to engage children and young people and families to participate in Open Access services.  This will include working with parents, and you will demonstrate the ability to establish warm, respectful, and supportive relationships with children across all age groups along with their parents, families, and carers.
  • A team player as well as able to work on own initiative.
  • Have knowledge of safeguarding and relevant legislation.
  • 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.

In return, you will join established teams and work with supportive colleagues and have access to a workforce development plan for your professional growth.  Join us!

The job role requires you to be mobile with the ability to travel in a timely and flexible manner across the wide geographical area throughout the county of Kent and is essential for carrying out the duties of this post.

Please use the reason for application section of applying to demonstrate how you meet the person specification laid out in the job description.

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

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. 

Contact Details

For further information regarding this role, please contact:

Tamara Maretlane 03000 419422

Visits to the centre welcome.

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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