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  • Ref no: FIF16532
  • Published: 4/8/2020
  • Closes: 18/8/2020
  • Location: Various Locations in Fife
  • Salary: £26,768.00 - £33,939.00 per year pro rata
  • Contract Type: Permanent & Temporary
  • Position Type: Term Time Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Description

Post A: Permanent post at Wormit Primary School
Post B: Temporary post at Carnegie Primary School, Dunfermline until 2 April 2021

Interview Date: Week commencing 24 August 2020

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking here 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.

Within Fife Council’s Education and Children’s Service, we believe all children should be encouraged to maximise their potential and we work hard to meet the varying needs of all our learners. Our Education and Children’s Services is the second largest in Scotland providing for over 55,500 children and young people. If you are ready for a new and exciting challenge, then Fife is the place for you! Great education, superb transport links, excellent leisure and housing choices: Fife has it all.

The position is divided into two distinct parts, each contributing to 50% of the post holders time during each working week:

  1. 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.
  2. To support and develop Early Years Officers within a number of nursery settings in a local geographical area, promoting examples of good practice and quality improvement. Also to act as a point of contact on a rota basis to provide guidance and advice, as appropriate, on Fife Council policy and procedures.

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.

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You should possess:

  • HNC Childhood Practice
    HNC Early Years Education
    Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 3 Social Services, Children & Young People, with experience working in an Education Service Nursery/Partner Provider
    Scottish National Nursery Education Board (SNNEB) or equivalent.
  • Ability to register with SSSC at practitioner level within 6 months of taking up employment in this role (Early Learning and Childcare Class/Centre) and must complete the required Post Registration Training and Learning (PRTL) over the registration period.

Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain a Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme Membership through Disclosure Scotland.


As an Early Years Development Officer you will be responsible for:

  • Identifying and developing examples of good working practice and promoting these within local nurseries to give a consistency of approach across Fife Council.
  • Working collaboratively with the Management team in each setting to ensure local as well as Council wide priorities are targeted during development work.
  • Working with others to identify and provide opportunities for staff to participate in appropriate professional development.
  • Supervising the work of Early Years Officers, and others working within the Nursery, including report writing as appropriate.
  • Ensuring that sufficient staff are available to meet pupils’ needs in line with Care Commission and Fife Council standards, where appropriate.
  • Making day to day decisions to ensure the efficient and safe running of the establishment.
  • Acting as a point of contact on a rota basis to provide information and advice, at an appropriate level, to staff within other local nursery settings.
  • Undertaking all other Early Years Officer duties when responsible, as a key worker, for a group of children including planning and promoting children’s learning, development and welfare, assessment and monitoring and communicating with parents.

The Individual

You will have the ability to work without supervision along with the ability to work as part of a team when required. You should have knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence and Child at the Centre 2 and have experience in delivering a child centred curriculum.  Knowledge of child protection is also essential. You should also be able to demonstrate highly developed communication skills along with the ability to write reports and children’s records.

You will have the ability to provide a regular and effective service.

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: Lisa Beattie - 01592 583568 or Karan Hodge -

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