Support Worker (Ethnic Minority Families)

Title:                           Ethnic Minority Support Worker (16 hours)

Salary:                        NJC Point 5: £19,312 (pro rata)

Base:                          Sure Start, Society Street

Responsible to:         Project Development Manager

Closing Date: 19th October at 2pm, Interviews week beginning 1st November

Summary of Post:

To increase equality of opportunity of parents and children from minority ethnic backgrounds to engage in Sure Start services through identifying and addressing needs, while developing capacity and building relationships with participant communities.

Key Duties:

  1. Develop relationships with ethnic minority families in the catchment area in order to increase participation, provide necessary support and signposting.  This will include meeting families both in their own homes and in community settings across the area of Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart.
  • Accompany Sure Start staff at home visits (Ante-Natal, Post-Natal, Health, Breastfeeding and partner services) to support ethnic minority families with understanding the information provided.
  • Translation or source translation of key Sure Start messages related to speech and language, health, play etc.
  • Support the Developmental Programme for 2-3 Year Old staff and parents at home visits and stay and play events.
  • To plan, help develop, set up and facilitate groups, programmes, workshops and events to families’ e.g. ante-natal classes, health workshops, parent group.
  • Liaise with ethnic minority support agencies to develop a list of appropriate services and information in the relevant languages.
  • To help ensure that there is an understanding of culture, its influences and practices within our services.
  • To arrange and book trained interpreters for relevant appointments where necessary.
  • To refer families to other Sure Start/Voluntary/Statutory services where appropriate.
  1. To maintain absolute confidentiality at all times.
  1. To be familiar with and operate within Child Protection Procedures.
  1. To maintain records of visits and provide statistics of work carried out.
  1. To be involved in Planning meetings and Sure Start Staff meetings.
  1. To adhere to Sure Start policies and procedures.
  1. Any other duties as required.

Personnel Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Fluency in English both spoken and verbal and one other language (preferably Polish)
  • NVQ Level III in Child Care Learning and Development, Health and Social Care or equivalent relevant qualification
  • Two years’ experience working with families or in a supporting role in a community/voluntary organisation
  • One year’s experience facilitating small groups
  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at Grades A-C or Level 2 qualification in Literacy and Numeracy
  • IT Skills with the ability to use Microsoft office packages
  • A full current driving licence and access to transport in order to fulfil the travel requirements of the post OR a suitable alternative means of transport
  • To work evenings and weekends as and when necessary to ensure effective delivery of services.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Work undertaken with ethnic minority communities within a paid or voluntary capacity
  • To be a parent or have significant parenting experience

Please note:

Short listing will be carried out in respect of the essential criteria but in the case of a large number of applicants we reserve the right to enhance the short-listing criteria to include the desirable requirements.

Return all completed forms to:

Coleraine SureStart Partnership, 34c Society Street or email info@colerainesurestart.org.uk by the closing date

We are Recruiting!

Health Support Worker (Permanent x1, Temporary x1)

Salary – NJC Pt 5 / £19,312 (pro rata)

Hours – 25 hours per week

Temporary- subject to review March 2022

Base – Sure Start, Society Street

Essential Criteria:

  • NVQ Level III in Child Care Learning and Development, Health and Social Care or equivalent relevant qualification
  • 2 years’ experience working with children under four years old and/or 2 years’ experience working with families
  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at Grades A-C or Level 2 qualification in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Evidence of good written and spoken communication skills
  • IT Skills with the ability to use Microsoft office packages
  • Access to transport in order to fulfil the requirement of the post

Desirable Criteria:

  • One year’s experience facilitating groups on health-related topics e.g. Walking, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga

Support Worker (Ethnic Minority Families)

Salary – NJC Pt 5 / £19,312 (pro rata)

Hours – 16 hours per week

Base – Sure Start, Society Street

Essential Criteria:

  • The ability to communicate effectively in English and Polish both orally and in writing
  • NVQ Level III in Child Care Learning and Development, Health and Social Care or equivalent relevant qualification
  • Two years’ experience working with families or in a supporting role in a community/voluntary organisation
  • One year’s experience facilitating small groups
  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at Grades A-C or Level 2 qualification in Literacy and Numeracy
  • IT Skills with the ability to use Microsoft office packages
  • Access to transport in order to fulfil the requirement of the post
  • To work evenings and weekends as and when necessary to ensure effective delivery of services.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Work undertaken with ethnic minority communities within a paid or voluntary capacity
  • To be a parent or have significant parenting experience

Closing Date Friday 26th August at 12 noon

with Interviews to be held Week Beginning 6th September

Please return all documents to:
info@colerainesurestart.org.uk or
34c Society Street, Coleraine, BT52 1L

Please note that CVs are not acceptable.

Coleraine Sure Start is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Health Support Worker (temporary)

Coleraine Sure Start Partnership wish to recruit the following:

Health Support Worker (Temporary)

To work as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Team carrying out a range of duties to support parents and children’s health and wellbeing. This will include the preparation and delivery of programmes and workshops, facilitating group activity and carrying out home visits. This post will require occasional evening and weekend work to support all parents/children/caregivers.

  • Salary – NJC Pt 5 / £19,312 (pro rata)
  • Hours – 20 hours per week
  • Temporary- subject to review March 2022
  • Base – Sure Start, Society Street

Please return all documents to:
info@colerainesurestart.org.uk or
34c Society Street, Coleraine, BT52 1LA

Closing Date Friday 23rd April at 12.00 noon with Interviews to be held Week Beginning 10th May 2021

Note: CV’s will not be accepted.

Early Years Outreach Worker

Title:                             Early Years Outreach Worker (20 hours)

Salary:                         NJC Point 3-4: £18,562 – £18,933 (pro rata) starting at Point 3

Base:                           Sure Start, Society Street

Responsible to:         Early Years Manager

Summary of Post:

The post holders will deliver:

  • home visits in order to extend learning and play experiences, and in response to individual needs identified by parents or an early years setting
  • sessions for parents and/or children in early years settings including group work, stay and plays and short programmes.   

Completed Application Forms MUST be received not later than:

Tuesday 3rd November at 12.00 noon

Applications received after the above time will not be considered.

Please return form to: Admin Team

                                      Coleraine Sure Start Partnership

                                      34c Society Street

                                      COLERAINE

                                      BT52 1LA

or Email: info@colerainesurestart.org.uk

Please note that CVs are not accepted

May Message of the Month

Over use of a dummy can be damaging.  Start to reduce the dummy when your child is 6 months old.  Reducing the use of the dummy…

  • gives your child a chance to build up the muscles in their mouth (e.g. moving their tongue), babble and talk
  • is  better for the growth and position of your child’s teeth
  • reduces the risk of colds and ear infections

What you can do?

  • Use an ‘orthodontic’ or flat teat dummy as this will cause less damage to the teeth.
  • Aim to start reducing the dummy at 6 months.
  • Start by reducing the dummy to sleep/ bedtime only.
  • Take out the dummy when your child is trying to babble/ talk.
  • Never be tempted to dip the dummy in sugary food or drinks.
  • Choose a suitable time to get rid of the dummy, not a stressful time.
  • If your child is older, talk to them about giving up their dummy – that they are a ‘big boy/ girl’ and are able to do so much. Involve them in helping to gather up all their dummies to put in a bag to give away.  Make sure there are none hiding anywhere!
  • Once you have taken the dummy away, do not give it back.
  • Comfort your child at night with a bedtime story and cuddly toy.

Starting to Potty Train?

Using a potty is a new skill for your child to learn. It’s best to take it slowly and go at your child’s pace. Most parents start thinking about potty training when their child is between 2 and 2 and a half, but there’s no perfect time. Our Facebook post lists the 5 top signs they might be ready.

Preparation is key!

  • Talk about wees and poos! Even letting them come into the toilet with you and watch what you do can really help
  • Get them involved, let them pick the potty/toilet seat/step. Let them pick the hand soap they’d like, they more involved they are the better!
  • Remember to be consistent; make sitting on the potty part of everyday life
  • Keep the potty in the bathroom (upstairs and downstairs)
  • Having toys or books to play with can help your child to sit still
  • Avoid tight clothes or ones with lots of buttons to make it easier for them
  • Buy floor cleaner and washing powder- accidents will happen!
  • Stay calm and be patient- children pick up on your emotions.

Let’s get started!

  • Encourage your child to sit on the potty after meals
  • Use the potty to wee, this will help them build their confidence
  • Make sure your child washes their hands
  • It’s good to teach girls to wipe from front to back
  • Don’t limit their drinks to help them stay dry as it doesn’t work. The bladder needs to be filled and emptied properly to keep it working well
  • Accidents; they will not feel anxious or worried if it happens again if you remain calm.

We got this!

  • Praise goes a long way! Your child will be delighted when they succeed, so let them know they have done well.
  • Avoid using sweets as a reward, try a sticker chart instead
  • Don’t be surprised if you get a spell of a few good days and then BANG…just keep trying.

There is more information on the NHS website about:

  • Pants and Pull ups
  • Night-Time Training

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/potty-training-tips

Admin Assistant (Maternity Cover)

We are recruiting for a Admin Assistant (maternity cover). This role is a To provide administrative support to the Sure Start team, including data entry and reception duties.

  • Salary – NJC Pt 14 / £18,795 (pro rata)
  • Hours – 30 hours per week

Closing Date Wednesday 11th March at 12.00 noon

with Interviews to be held Week Beginning 23rd March 2020

For a full set of criteria and an application form:

Email: suzanne@colerainesurestart.org.uk or write to Recruitment at Coleraine Sure Start Partnership, 34c Society Street, Coleraine BT52 1LA or CLICK LINK BELOW.

Please note that CVs are not acceptable.

International Mother Language Day

Today, 21.02.19, is ‘International Mother Language Day’ – It is very important that parents use the language they know best and feel most comfortable using. A child who develops good use of their ‘Mother Tongue’, is more likely to develop good English when they start pre-school or school.

Bilingual Advice Info Sheet

Playing with Nature

Who can remember being outdoors building dens, climbing trees, making perfumes from leaves and flowers or playing with mud, stones or water? These types of childhood outdoor play experiences have been declining over time and children today are therefore having much less contact with the natural world.

Play Matters have created an info sheet of tips on how you can get outside and play

Playing with Nature Mud and Getting Dirty

#playmatters

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/ 

 

Project Development Manager (maternity cover)

We are recruiting for a Project Development Manager (maternity cover). This role is a part of the senior management team which provides support to the Partnership in the management of staff, services, evaluation and other developmental initiatives.

Here is the application pack, we do not accept cvs.

Completed Application Forms MUST be received not later than:

Tuesday 22nd January at 12.00 noon

Recruitment Maternity Project Development Application Pack