Senior Early Years Officer (Family Worker) (FIF11939)

Fife Council

  • Location: Cupar
  • £24,384 to £30,898 per annum, Scottish Joint Council FC 7
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: FIF11939

Job Description

Interview date: week commencing 5 November 2018

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the attached Job Pack. These explain the job role and the type of person we are looking for. The main terms and conditions of employment are also available via the above link.

The position is divided into two distinct parts, each contributing to the post holders time during each working week:

To support and develop Family Work within their Nursery setting and in a local geographical area, working collaboratively with social workers, health professionals and other service providers to help improve families’ life chances. Also, to act as a point of contact, to coordinate a wide range of agreed focussed parenting programmes and universal parenting support within the local community. As a member and, on occasions, leader of a team based within one nursery setting, to support the delivery of a broad and balanced early years curriculum ensuring a caring, safe, and welcoming environment is achieved.

During both areas of work, to contribute to the creation of a positive nursery ethos which develops children’s self esteem and personal identity in a climate of trust and praise, enabling each child to achieve their potential. To support and develop parental engagement in the wider life of the service and in their own development and learning.



NC Early Years and Childcare or equivalent and HNC Early Years Education and Childcare or equivalent


SNNEB or equivalent


SVQ3 with experience in an Education Service Nursery or equivalent


Registration with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)


Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership through Disclosure Scotland



Based in a nursery as part of a team of Senior Early Years Officers and management staff.

Activities will include:

Extended responsibility within a defined local geographical area containing a number of nursery settings. Duties will include supporting and developing parenting support by promoting examples of good practice and to act as a point of contact and to provide guidance and advice, as appropriate, on both focussed and universal parenting programmes

Work with families and support services, in appropriate venues to provide appropriate support and identify needs.

Establish and maintain good interagency links with other professionals working in the area.

Support purposeful, direct work with families as part of a planned programme of intervention based on the principles of recognised parenting programmes. Respond to general enquiries such as benefits, grants and other entitlements or refer to other agencies as appropriate.

Initiate and co-ordinate group work and structured support programmes in partnership with parents.

Facilitate group work programmes addressing issues such as self-esteem, attachment, resilience, general parenting etc.

Encourage and assist individuals to recognise their skills, develop confidence and to take responsibility. Assist them to take an active part in decision-making.

Where appropriate, to work on a one to one basis with hard to reach families to provide support, guidance and build confidence.

Identifying a variety of resources in the community to assist in meeting families’ needs

Develop and maintain links with a range of external agencies and attend relevant meetings as required in respect of families using the service.

Work collaboratively with colleagues, support agencies to develop parenting skills and confidence, and improve the adult child relationship including the provision of practical support

Identify and develop examples of good working practice and promote these within local nurseries, ensuring examples are shared effectively with other colleagues, to give a consistency of approach across Fife Council. Work collaboratively with the Management team in each setting to ensure local as well as Council wide priorities are targeted during development work.


The Individual


Significant experience in an EYO post or equivalent.

Experience of work with vulnerable families

In Fife Council How We Work Matters and you will be responsible for being a role model by displaying and promoting behaviours that are expected of all Council employees:

Take ownership Focus on customers Work together Embrace technology & information Deliver results


For Further Information Please Contact: Tricia Russell, Telephone: 01334 659484, email:


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