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Head of Service Early Years

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Endeavour House, Ipswich
Salary details:
£58,678 pa
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
28 January 2019 10:00 AM
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This is a key strategic role leading and developing the Early Years and Childcare service following a significant restructure.

You will have responsibility and accountability for:

  • working in partnership with 500 early years and childcare providers that currently deliver the free entitlement to eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds
  • 40 staff who provide support and challenge to early years professionals working in the private, voluntary, independent and school sectors
  • the delivery of Suffolk Family Information Service
  • the LA’s Early Years Foundation Stage outcomes
  • delivering a service to vulnerable children and their families (including those with special educational needs and disabilities)
  • developing quality early education places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

This challenging and varied role holds overall responsibility across a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • early years inclusion
  • early education funding and finance
  • the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • childcare business development and sufficiency
  • direct support to providers with less than 'Good' Ofsted judgements.

For an informal discussion, please contact Adrian Orr, Assistant Director Education and Learning, on (01473) 264709.

Please read the Job and Person Profile on the right before applying for this job.

Interview date: 4 February 2019.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working.  For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

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