Renfrewshire Council is searching for 90 Early Learning and Childcare staff to join its team.
The Council will recruit 50 Early Learning and Childcare Officers and 40 Early Learning Support Workers this Spring, with the new starts taking up their positions in time for the new term in August.
Applications for the vacancies are open, with interviews taking place at a recruitment event in Johnstone Town Hall on Wednesday 17th April 2019. Some of the Council’s funded providers will also be attending the event.
The Early Learning and Childcare Officer vacancies are open to anyone with a practitioner qualification recognised by SSSC at SCQF7. People looking to get back to work, change jobs or start a career in childcare can apply for the Support Worker role, which includes on the job training for an accredited early learning and childcare qualification.
The recruitment drive will support the Council’s work to expand its Early Learning and Childcare provision and meet the Scottish Government’s target of 1140 free hours of early learning and childcare by August 2020.
The Council is currently carrying out a £14million extension and refurbishment programme to ensure its Early Learning and Childcare Centres will be ready to accommodate the new hours. New centres will also be built in Hawkhead, Dargavel, Houston and Kirklandneuk, with work scheduled for completion in August 2020.
Renfrewshire Council Depute Leader Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted to announce the start of the recruitment drive for our 1140 Early Learning and Childcare expansion.
“Renfrewshire has a lot to offer anyone considering a career in Early Learning and Childcare, from career pathways and development opportunities to competitive terms and conditions.
“We are committed to providing the best learning environments for young children and are driven to maintain quality across all early learning and childcare centres and classes, whether they are local authority, private or voluntary.
“We were the first Council in Scotland to be rated ‘excellent’ by Education Scotland for our efforts to close the poverty-related attainment gap and we are determined to ensure every child in Renfrewshire gets the best possible start in life.
“If you are interested in joining our Early Learning and Childcare team, make sure you get your applications in before the deadline on Sunday 14 April 2019.”
Parents of three-year-olds, four-year-olds and some eligible two-year-olds will see the number of free early learning and childcare hours they receive increase from 600 to 1140 in August 2020.
The expansion will give parents more flexibility in their choice of nursery and childcare services, meaning they can choose from council, private and volunteer-run nursery classes, centres and childminding. They will also be able to choose their preferred option of nursery or childminding session.
There will also be an increase in the number of places commissioned from independent and private nurseries.
Parents and carers should continue to apply to their local nursery for a place for their child and when capacity to accommodate 1140 hours becomes available in their class or centre, they will be contact directly and asked to select their preferred option.
To apply for the Early Learning and Childcare Officer or Early Learning Support Worker vacancies, visit https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/renfrewshire-council/jobs. The deadline for applications is Sunday 14th April 2019.