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Senior Early Help Practitioner

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Wandsworth, London (Greater)
£33,543 to £43,887 per annum
Closing date
16 Jan 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Social Care, Education, Early Intervention
Contract Type
Full time
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The Role

Would you like the opportunity to work with our youngest children and their families to narrow the gap by providing support, guidance and opportunities to our future generation of leaders?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

An opportunity has arisen within the Early Help Service for two permanent Senior Early Help Practitioners to lead delivery of one of the borough’s Early Childhood and Early Learning Teams.

About the role

The Senior Early Help Practitioner will lead the work of one of the teams that together make up the borough’s Early Years Stream.  Clusters are made up of three teams with a focus on early childhood and early learning.  The Early Childhood Teams are made up of multi-skilled professionals with expertise in early childhood development and provide services for families with children from 0-4 years. 

The post holder will lead a team of staff to deliver, level two interventions by applying the theory relating to 1001 days, Early Years Foundation Stage and multi-modal approaches, ensuring a level one programme of activities are designed to improve outcomes for young children and their families by reducing inequalities for families in greatest need and work collaboratively with a range of partners in health, education, voluntary sector services and the community to deliver the programme from children’s centres, schools and other community sites across the cluster.  You will ensure that the quality of the work undertaken is of a consistently high standard and that the voice of the family and child are central to all the work that is undertaken.

About you

We are seeking a Senior Early Help Practitioner with a wealth of experience of working with families with children under the age of five.  

  • You will have sound experience and working knowledge on children’s development, specifically in the Early Years, with an excellent understanding of the EYFS/Development matters and 1001 days
  • You will provide the supervision and day to day management of staff including Early Help Practitioners and Early Help Support Officers, ensuring that they are provided strong oversight and supervision.
  • To work closely with our partners in education, health and social care to ensure a strong programme of services are delivered across the Clusters

Contact details

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Jennie Ramsey or Eyullahemaye Henry- Miller by email: or or if you have technical issues please contact our recruitment team on


We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Close date: 11:59pm on Sunday 16th January 2022
  • Shortlisting date: week commencing 17th January 2022
  • Interview date: week commencing 24th January 2022

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement (no longer than 2 sides of A4) must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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