Childcare Quality & Improvement Officer

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Childcare Quality & Improvement Officer
BARNSLEY, South Yorkshire
Contract / Temporary

Barnsley 0008 E4F4 / 1

Posted: 28th May 2024 14:53
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £17.12 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months

  • BARNSLEY, South Yorkshire,

    S70 2DR

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Childcare Quality & Improvement Officer   

Reference no:  Barnsley 0008 E4F4 / 1

Pay rate: Up to £17.12 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 36-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 6 months

City: BARNSLEY, South Yorkshire

Hybrid working

Enhanced DBS required for this role

A Childcare Quality & Improvement Officer is required to provide support, advice and guidance to a range of childcare providers, including advice on current legislative requirements within childcare, early years and play. The post holder will broker linkages with professionals, including health to improve quality within childcare settings.

Key responsibilities:

  • Co-ordinate locality forums to share best practice amongst childcare providers including those who offer placements to disabled children and those with complex health needs.
  • Deliver awareness sessions, toolkit briefings, agreed training sessions and updates on legislative changes as and when required, including updates on special educational needs reforms.
  • Produce articles newsletters, the Council’s web pages and social media.
  • Deliver, challenge and support to childcare settings, including assessing quality improvement programmes and associated documentation. Provide targeted advice to those settings identified as requiring intensive support or be responsive to complex or sensitive issues as they arise.
  • Collaborate with external and internal organisations to develop services for children.
  • Support the implementation of government grants. Implement national initiatives and projects which may include the use of nationally recognised assessment systems for monitoring progress.
  • Periodically gather ‘best practice examples’ to promote Barnsley regionally and nationally.
  • Implement a range of toolkits and checklists for childcare providers to meet the necessary statutory welfare requirements.
  • Represent the service at panels to discuss applications for children’s welfare and/or grants to support their care, as required.


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare or Play.



  • Substantial experience of professional advice, guidance and support to the childcare sector.
  • Significant experience of contributing towards policy and procedures and toolkits.
  • Substantial experience of inclusive play and practice.
  • Experience of working sensitively with highly confidential information.
  • Significant experience of multi-agency working.
  • Significant experience of and working to strict deadlines.
  • Significant experience of coordinating and delivering briefing sessions, training and events.



  • Excellent working knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Extensive knowledge of good practice within relevant discipline.
  • Knowledge of I.T systems to support training, events, awareness sessions and assessment of statistics from project initiatives.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Knowledge of the pressures facing local government and the impact of national policies on the relevant disciplines of the role.
  • Knowledge of partnership working practices and principles.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Well-developed ability to manage a challenging workload under pressure and to deadlines, using own initiative to prioritise work using effective time management skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills with the ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public using a suitable level of fluency in spoken English, in line with the English Language requirement for public sector workers.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work both as part of a team or on own initiative with minimal supervision to deliver agreed targets and improve outcomes for children.
  • Ability to produce quality documentation, ensuring they are suitable for particular audiences.
  • Willingness to adapt to change and manage and communicate government changes positively. Contribute towards problem solving.
  • Ability to plan and organise events and briefings on best practice and current legislation changes.
  • Ability to carry out research and review policies and procedures.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  • Able to undertake any travel in connection with the post.


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Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.



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Childcare Quality & Improvement Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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