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Early Years Lead

Job Reference Ref/114/1927

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Full Time
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One Angel Square
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West Northamptonshire Council

Our benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, these include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement starting at 28 days annual leave per year, 29 days for senior managers (pro rata, depending on how many hours per week you work), plus bank holidays. An additional 5 days, linked to continuous service, and ability to purchase up to 6 weeks additional leave per year.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection.
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more.
  • Car Lease scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme - We have an employee support programme run by Health Assured, an independent, external organisation. Health Assured is available for you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information.
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities.
  • A variety of flexible working options to support your work/life balance, including full or part time, term time, 9-day fortnight, etc. (subject to business needs).
  • Our West Ways of Working – We want our workforce to thrive, and we equip our employees with the right technology to support hybrid and collaborative working, on or off site, depending on the role.
  • Making a difference - If you want to use your skills and experience with an organisation that are genuinely invested in making a difference, are committed to improving people's lives, and whose success has a direct impact on the wellbeing of your family, friends and people in your local area, then West Northamptonshire Council is the place for you.


About the role

West Northamptonshire Council is looking for a dynamic and innovative person to be our Early Education and childcare lead.

In this new post you will work closely with the strategic lead to help shape and drive the strategic direction of the Early Years sector across our authority.

You will manage a team of talented individuals and work in partnership with maintained nursery schools, PVI settings, Child minders and out of hours providers to deliver our statutory duties.

What will you be doing?

You will have operational oversight of the Early Years Team including funding streams and Early Years advisers. You will build on and develop the Early years network groups and lead a team in developing the family information service. You will work with the strategic lead to develop a comprehensive CPD offer for settings and providers and ensure sufficiency across West Northamptonshire.

As part of the role, you will be expected to provide reports and statistical analysis to senior leaders and external agencies such as Ofsted, DfE as and when required and will attend regional partnership meetings on behalf of the service and local authority.

In partnership with the strategic lead, to ensure that the service adapts to changes to the national and local agenda.

About you

You will have extensive knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and early child development and will advocate for inclusive practice. You will have a sound understanding of Ofsted  inspections and current Government initiatives for children 0-5. In addition you will knowledgeable about Early Years funding mechanisms and requirements. 

You must be educated to degree level, or equivalent and will have experience of working in an early years setting. In addition, you will have experience of  working and leading a team of professionals, managing, setting and monitoring budgets, producing high quality reports for a varied audience, working under pressure and delivering to deadlines.

You will be able to use your own initiative and be flexible in approach. Excellent communication and presentation skills are required; good knowledge and practical use of information and communication technology is essential for the role.

About us

We’re a new council, following one of the largest shake-ups in local government reform in recent history. As a new authority, we’re embarking on an exciting journey to deliver exceptional services for our residents, customers and communities.  

Our vision at West Northamptonshire Council is ‘to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive’. We truly stand by this and work hard every day to make this a reality. Our corporate values, THRIVE, stand for: Trust, High Performance, Respect, Innovate and Empower, they underpin everything we do and how we deliver services. 

At West Northants Council, it’s about our people. People who thrive with ambition, bubble with new ideas, demand better ways of working, caring about every detail, and who never shy away from a challenge. Our culture is a gateway for new experiences. A place to forge new opportunities. To empower you in your career and unite you with like-minded people.

When potential is unlocked, talent thrives.

Choose a career that offers you a true sense of achievement, fills you with pride and challenges you in a positive way, every day.

West Northants Council, where careers thrive.



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