Early Years and Childcare Children's Community Development Lead Maternity Cover - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £45,185 per annum
Closing date: 04 Oct 2022
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9292
Role: Education
About the role

Early Years and Childcare Children's Community Development Lead Maternity Cover

Fixed Term (12 months), Full Time

Up to £45,185 per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 4th October 2022

The Role

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Opportunity

This role will work as part of the Early Years and Childcare (EYCC) Sufficiency and Sustainability team, contributing to the Strategy, Planning and Performance change management programme, ensuring the EYCC service deliver and embed a culture of continuous improvement. It will work across an Essex quadrant, working within in a local multi-disciplinary environment

The focus of this role will involve responsibility for leading and developing Childcare sufficiency plans to ensure adequate capacity across Essex for EYCC places. Working in partnership with relevant stakeholders across a number of sectors, from local Councils, health and voluntary partners to service users, taking responsibility for building community capacity, will be key to successful and sustainable implementation.

Degree level with particular acumen in influencing skills and experience of developing and building effective relationships with a plethora of stakeholders and partners at a local level will be important in ensuring that childcare providers can deliver sufficient places for early years and childcare places and children get the best start in life.


  • Responsible for taking the quadrant lead in the development of partnership working, and ensuring plans are sufficiently robust in the development of adequate capacity for early years education and childcare provision with an emphasis on delivering to the requirements of the relevant Government agenda.
  • Responsible as the quadrant lead for ensuring the identification of communities unmet needs and solutions in this respect to ensure the council meets its statutory duties around childcare sufficiency and access to information, advice and guidance.
  • Providing operational guidance and undertake scoping in order to, to develop and monitor the implementation of strategic and robust plans and initiatives by stakeholders to ensure they promote access to services embracing children in need and those living in disadvantaged communities and circumstances.
  • Responsible for the local contract management of the Essex Child Family, Health and Wellbeing service (Family Hubs), providing support and challenge to the local teams, seeking feedback from families and other stakeholders to ensure the service delivers against the requirements of the contract, effectively monitoring the progress and success of service deliverables.
  • Responsible for the development of appropriate capacity to ensure the delivery and availability of relevant services across Essex to ensure adequate support for childcare for families, sufficiency of free early years education entitlement places, childcare, plus related extended services, ensuring key partner and customer engagement with responsibility to ensure the council meets its statutory duties in this area
  • Ensuring the promotion of equality and diversity principles are embedded in mainstream early years, childcare and related services such as ECFWS to assist the development and implementation of good practice to ensure inclusion, equality of opportunity and support for those families that most need it.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent community, partnership or childcare knowledge and experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in early years and childcare professional arena
  • Significant experience of using planning and data analysis tools, preferably within the public sector and familiarity with procurement requirements.
  • Successful experience of bringing about positive change in a partnership environment, including working with diverse organisations, and ability to communicate effectively and influence others in a challenging environment.
  • Experience of leading community capacity building and partnership initiatives
  • Extensive knowledge and Clear understanding of the Early Years agenda and current government strategies for Early Years & Childcare
  • Able to demonstrate ability to think analytically and plan strategies to relate targets and aims into actions and outcomes
  • Experience of using research based focus on early intervention and prevention

To read more about us please visit: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/education/

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk