Early Years Play Specialist for Visual Impairment (Part Time)

Part Time 21 hours per week - Term Time Only - Permanent

Kent Range 6 £19,415-£21,296 p.a. Full Time Equivalent (£9,298-£10,199 pro-rated p.a. £10.06-11.04 per hour) plus Local Government Pension

Base: STLS Base in either Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells or Tonbridge & Malling (open to negotiation)

We are seeking to appoint an Early Years Visual Impairment Play Specialist to join an enthusiastic and successful countywide team for sensory impairment.

This is an opportunity for practitioners from the First Phase of Childhood (birth to 7 years of age) to work with young visually impaired children through play based intervention. The Sensory Service works with children from birth or diagnosis in the home and preschool settings.  The postholder will work with individual children with visual impairment supporting development through play based activities and plan for the smooth transition from home to settings or schools.

The post holder will work under the direction of the County Coordinator for Visual Impairment and contribute to a multi-disciplinary approach.

Applications are invited from qualified and experienced Early Years practitioner (NVQ Level 3 in Early Year and Childcare or equivalent) with additional qualifications in, or experience with, Portage, visual impairment, Braille, mobility or other related specialisms.

This post will deliver services to young visually impaired children in West Kent (Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling districts). The post will be based with one of the Specialist Teaching and Learning Services teams. 

You must be able to travel across Kent to meet the requirements of the service. Travel expenses are paid.

Applicants should describe in their application how they meet the criteria of the person specification. 

For more information please contact Jane Cottle 07834 764288 or email jane.cottle@kent.gov.uk

The Specialist Teaching and Learning Services team, managed by Valence School, provides a service for children and young people (0 - 19 years) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also offer advice and training for pre-schools, mainstream schools and academies on how to meet the needs of children with SEND.

Our specialist teachers are experienced teachers with a qualification in one or more areas of SEND. They work alongside other professionals in providing effective and co-ordinated support. Our aim as a team is that children and young people with Special Educational Needs can have their learning, physical, social and emotional needs met, so that they can be fully included at school and make good educational progress.

We can provide specialist assessments for children and young people based on their individual needs. All requests for support must come via a school or a setting and are subject to a formal referral process.

For application details please contact the HR Department vacancies@valence.kent.sch.uk

Closing date for applications: Sunday 12 March 2017

Interviews expected to take place on Monday 27 March 2017

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