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Head of Early Years and Early Help Strategy

Posted on 20 July 2021

  • DirectorateBHCC: Families Children & Learning
  • LocationHove Town Hall
  • Salary£59776 - £65639
  • ContractPermanent
  • Closing DateApply by 15 August 2021

Job Summary
Job reference orbis/TP/552/14259
Positions available 1
Working hours 37
Closing date 15 August 2021
Job category Management
Organisation Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Brighton & Hove City Council is seeking an effective head of service to lead and develop early years services and the Council’s early help strategy.  This is an exciting opportunity to develop and lead early years and early help services to improve outcomes for children and families in the city focusing on those who are most disadvantaged.

Interview date: To be confirmed

For an informal conversation please contact Jo Lyons – Assistant Director for Families, Children & Learning (Education and Skills) on 01273 293514 or Caroline Parker, Head of Early Years and Early Help Strategy on 01273 293587

About the role

Brighton & Hove City Council is seeking an effective leader to lead and develop early years services and the Council’s early help strategy.  

Early years is a priority for the city.  The Council has a good supply of good and outstanding childcare providers including nurseries directly run by the council.  Take up of the early years free entitlement is high.  We have a citywide network of children’s centres providing midwifery and health visiting and support for parenting, home learning and training and employment for parents.  However more needs to be done to improve the outcomes of our most disadvantaged children and families, particularly given the impact of Covid.  

We are developing the early help strategy for the city to take account of our focus on disadvantage and the Government’s Supporting Families Programme.

You will be responsible for leading the delivering of early years and childcare services in the city including ensuring sufficient, high quality childcare provision, overseeing the Early Years Free Entitlement, and the city’s children’s centres.  The post also leads on the city’s early help strategy and partnership.  The role has a significant part to play in meeting the needs of disadvantaged children and families in the city and will work in partnership with a wide range of partners.

Essential Qualifications

  • Degree level qualification in a relevant discipline (or demonstrate relevant equivalent experience)
  • A Management qualification or significant post qualifying experience and/or development

Key Attributes

  • Experience of leading and managing multidisciplinary teams, enabling others, dealing with problems, and developing people - including setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Ability to make change happen and implement transformation programmes and keep staff motivated through the change
  • Experience of contract management and commissioning of services or demonstrable equivalent knowledge
  • Experience of managing large and complex budgets
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of early years children and families including those experiencing disadvantage.
  • Knowledge of childcare legislation, Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted guidance for early years and childcare providers and Government guidance on the early years’ free entitlement
  • Knowledge and understanding of early help and the Supporting (ex-Troubled) Families Programme
  • Experience of working collaboratively with early years providers and with services for children and families.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce..


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