Casual Assistant Early Years Practitioner

Job specification

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£10.85 per hour plus 12.07% holiday premium
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At Swindon Borough Council, we want our town to be the best it can be. Our ambitious vision is supported by realistic transformation programmes, with the people of Swindon at their heart. Because that’s who we’re doing it for – the communities and businesses that make our town great. As part of the Council, you’ll support a friendly local authority making decisions with real impact. It’s all for better public services. Better processes. And a better quality of life, for everyone. Join us, and Swindon will be better with you.

Are you looking for an opportunity to play a part in making a difference to the lives of children under 5 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you.

Your next role

The Specialist Early Years Centre (SEYC) supports children with SEND, providing high quality Early Years Education and Family support. This is a great opportunity to be involved in the expansion of a successful and very highly regarded service. You will joining at an exciting time where your valued contribution will help shape the service as we grow.

The Specialist Early Years Centre are looking for an Assistant Early Years Practitioner, on a casual basis, to provide cover when there is staff illness or absence

We recognise that applicants may not have the specialist knowledge around supporting children with additional needs and their families; therefore, a desire to listen, learn and develop is essential. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to learn alongside our incredibly experienced and highly effective team.

About you

  • You will have at least a L2 qualification in Early Years and childcare (or a recognised equivalent) as well as GCSE Maths and English or equivalent.
  • You will have excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate equally effectively with children, parents and colleagues.  
  • You will recognise the value of a team approach to meeting challenges and have the ability to follow instruction as well as work using your own initiative.

Flexibility and a sense of humour are essential in an environment which can change rapidly and in which no two days are ever the same!

You must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act “for the effective performance of a customer-facing role”).

For Swindon to thrive in the future, we need to lay the foundations now. It’s why our regeneration and transformation programmes are already underway. So, you’ll be joining us at an exciting time on our journey. We’ll look to you to share your knowledge, influence decisions and drive real, positive change. With your contributions, we’ll achieve our vision of a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon by 2030 together. And you’ll be proud to say it was made better with you.

Your next steps

Read the role profile and select the Apply button where you will be redirected to the Swindon Borough Council website to complete our online application process. Clicking the ‘Apply’ button on this job website is not an application, you must register on the Swindon Borough Council website in order to be considered for the role.

Potential applicants are sometimes put off if they don’t meet 100% of the requirements. We think individual experience, skills and passion make all the difference, so if you meet the majority of the criteria, we’d love to hear from you.

For further information about the role, please contact Rhoda Lewis, Manager of Swindon Portage at

If you are experiencing technical issues submitting your application please email

We will be interviewing successful candidates throughout the campaign and reserve the right to close early, therefore early applications are encouraged.