New Vacancy – Early Years Practitioner (Maternity Cover)

HMP Low Moss, HMP Greenock, HMP Edinburgh

Early Years Scotland is passionate about Scotland’s youngest children having the best possible start in life and we are searching for a very special person to help make that happen. We have an exciting opportunity available for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to work within prisons to facilitate and support young children affected by parental imprisonment. The support is offered through shared play and learning sessions with male and female prisoners, their partners / families and young children.
You will plan, deliver and evaluate play and learning experiences to involve both children and parents, as well as delivering the Early Years Scotland Children Affected by Imprisonment Programme. This programme combines theoretical and experiential learning, all focused around play and learning with young children and highlights the importance of play for young children’s learning and development. You will encourage positive relationships between parents and children through shared play and learning experiences. You will also work closely with the Scottish Prison Service and a wide range of partners to review learning and contribute to the development of future plans.
We welcome applications that demonstrate:
• sound understanding and knowledge of how young children develop and learn
• an ability to build effective relationships with families and have experience of working with parents and families experiencing difficult circumstances
• experience of working with a range of colleagues from other agencies
• excellent communication and organisational skills
• an ability to work on own initiative and also as an effective member of a team
Post Details
This is a fixed term post to cover a period of maternity leave.
• 35 hours per week
• £20,668 FTE (Point 19 on Scale 19-22)
• 20 days Annual Leave in the first year
• EYS recognises 12 public holidays per annum
• A range of employee benefits
Pay and allowances are pro-rata to contracted hours

Applicants should be eligible to register as a Practitioner with SSSC (e.g. HNC Early Education & Childcare or SVQ Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development)
A full, current driving licence with own transport for business use and membership of PVG Scheme are required.

Closing date for applications: 9am on Friday 4 September 2020 Interviews: Tuesday 15 September 2020

Application forms and full post information can be downloaded at Only completed Early Years Scotland application forms will be considered so please do not send CVs. Completed applications should be returned, electronically where possible, to: or by post marked ‘confidential’ to HR, Early Years Scotland, 23 Granville Street, Glasgow G3 7EE.

For more information, please email
Early Years Scotland is an equal opportunities employer

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