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  • Ref no: EAL05138
  • Published: 20/11/2020
  • Closes: 6/12/2020
  • Location: Various Locations In East Lothian, EH41 3HA
  • Salary: £33,414.00 - £36,516.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Vacancy Information

It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale.

Days and Hours of Work:
Mon-Fri, 09.00-17.00
52 weeks per year
To start from February 2021

3 posts available:
Post 1: Law Primary School, North Berwick
Post 2: Haddington Primary School / St Mary's RC Primary School, Haddington
Post 3: Preston Tower Primary School

Please indicate on the application form which of the above posts you wish to be considered for.

This is an exciting time to be part of the expansion of Early Years in East Lothian. With new service models being implemented in our schools in order to support the expansion of the service and support the increase in hours, we are looking for experienced and highly motivated Early Years Managers who will share our values and lead our Early Years teams across a small cluster of schools. Centre Managers will have a base school and oversee two or more Early Years settings across a cluster. We are seeking strong, dynamic nursery leaders, with proven track records of managing and developing experienced staff teams and with knowledge of relevant HR policies and procedures required as a staff manager.

The Centre Managers will be responsible for the efficient running of the Early Years settings, delivering high standards of care, effectively leading and managing professional staff teams and creating and maintaining relationships with parents and carers.

The successful candidates will be able to lead learning, plan for and implement relevant national and local policies and be passionate about giving children the best start in order to reach their potential and have a life-long love for learning.

Applicants must hold a Degree level qualification in Education, Childcare, Social work or equivalent qualification enabling “Manager” registration with the SSSC. In addition, extensive experience of working with children and managing a service in an early learning and childcare setting is essential.

Interviews will be held in December.


Start dates will be discussed with successful applicants but depending on the setting, will be by Easter 2021 or August 2021.



Job Details

To take a lead role in the review and implementation of strategies and procedures designed to enhance the children’s learning experience.  Responsible for all Nursery classes in one or more schools, monitoring and reporting on the delivery of a high quality, child centred service, for children aged between 2 and 5 over the duration of the service opening times.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Must hold Degree level qualification in education, Childcare, Social Work or equivalent, or equivalent qualification enabling “Manager” registration with the SSSC, with extensive experience of working with children and managing the service in an early learning and childcare setting; or GTCS registered.

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UKwebsite.

Additional Information

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