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Development Worker - Merthyr Tydfil

Part Time
Job Sector:
Child Care, Education / Teaching, HR / Training, Nursing / Social Care
South Wales
Merthyr Tydfil
Salary description:
£9.65 per hour £12, 043 per annum (pro rata) FTE £17, 563
Start Date:
Early Years Wales
Job Ref:

Development Worker
South Wales - Merthyr Tydfil Vacancy

Purpose of the role:

To set up, develop and support quality pre-school childcare, education and play provision and provide support to childminders across Merthyr Tydfil.


  • Maintain up to date knowledge and working best practice of the childcare sector and statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Support members, face-to-face or via telephone / text / email / Skype as determined by the provisions of the SLA / contract, by providing guidance on:
    • Business planning, accountability and sustainability
    • Legal requirements of running a childcare business, including employment law, national minimum wage, safeguarding, health and safety, governance, CIW requirements, data protection
    • Monitoring and improving the delivery of a high quality practice through information sharing and promotion of operational initiatives such UNCRC, Workforce Development, Health and Wellbeing, Quality for All
    • Promoting local training and CPD opportunities to members
  • Support the growth of existing childcare and play providers and the development of new settings in response to demand


  • Deliver projects in accordance with agreed project plan e.g. HSPSS (Healthy Sustainable Pre-School Scheme awards)
  • Record and report on activities in accordance with the reporting timetable using agreed pro-forma including the impact assessment pro-forma
  • Work with regional Managers to implement corrective actions as required


  • Attend Local Authority childcare meetings as requested by regional Manager, prepare a summary of each meeting attended in a timely manner using agreed pro-forma and submit to the regional Manager for review and circulation as necessary
  • Identify opportunities for collaborative working / partnerships and refer to regional Manager to develop


  • Identify tender and bid opportunities and pass on to regional Manager to follow up
  • Provide input into tender and bid submissions as required by regional Manager


  • Promote aims and principles of Wales PPA wherever possible by:
    • Verbal means
    • Attendance at local networking events
    • Taking part in promotional activities / events
  • Feedback compliments and complaints and suggestions to PA / Office Manager and CEO


  • Keep aware of developments and best practice in your field of expertise
  • Take responsibility for your own personal development by raising ideas, suggestions and opportunities with your line manager at any time
  • Maintain a personal CPD log


  • No requirement


  • Complete monthly hours sheet


  • Ensure boundaries between members and non-members are maintained when giving guidance/support
  • Promote the benefits of membership to members and non-members including all childcare providers
  • Ensure that any issues that need dissemination to members are passed to the Marketing & Communications department
  • For lapsed members, aim to understand why membership has lapsed and identify ways to re-engage with them
  • Pass all enquiries about membership to the Membership Administrator

Hours of work:

  • 24 hours per week


  • £9.65 per hour £12,043 per annum (pro rata) FTE £17,563


  • 23 day’s holiday per annum (pro rata)
    Company pension scheme


Home based office linked.
Unit 1 The Lofts
9 Hunter Street
CF10 5GX

Closing date: 25th May 2018

Probationary period: 3 months

DBS check:  Post is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

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Company Description

Early Years Wales
(formerly Wales Pre-school Providers Association/yn flaenorol Cymdeithas Darparwyr Cyn-ysgol Cymru)

Early Years Wales is a national charity and membership organisation that promotes and supports bilingual pre-school care, education and learning through play across Wales.

Our association supports the development and implementation of the Welsh Government’s policy agenda and commitment to childcare, education and play.

We help to ensure there are sufficient play opportunities for pre-school children that are child-focused and help promote their personal and social development.

We’re here to ensure families are given the opportunity to experience high quality, affordable, and accessible childcare in Wales.

Our mission: to enhance the development, care and education of bilingual pre-school children in Wales. Working in partnership with families, parents and carers to understand and provide for the needs of children through high quality pre-school provision. Support adults to gain skills and confidence to make the best use of their knowledge and resources, for the benefit of themselves and their children.

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