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SEND Support Practitioner - CT6 7RS

Job Title

SEND Support Practitioner


Briary Pre-School,
Greenhill Road,
Herne Bay,
CT6 7RS.

  • Adhere to any relevant Pre-school policies and procedures, specifically the safeguarding, data protection, professional conduct and confidentiality policies.
  • Always ensure the child you are supporting receives high-quality care and supervision, as well as administration of medicines, skin creams, nappy changing and general care routines which include supporting the child to eat and drink safely, e.g. cutting up food and feeding if appropriate.
  • Work effectively as a support practitioner, making weekly photographic observations on the child you are supporting, contributing to their online learning journals and developmental assessments throughout the year.
  • Developing a sound knowledge of the child in your care, what they like, how they learn (characteristics of effective learning and schemas), their wellbeing and involvement levels, their life experiences (cultural capital) and in turn planning next steps to ensure they are making progress.
  • Being a calm role model with all children around you, encompassing the practitioner skills described in the Every Child a Talker initiative – the top ten techniques that we use at Pre-School as part of our universal practice – 1) Get the child’s attention first, 2) Use simple repetitive language, 3) Build on what the child says to you, 4) Imitate the child’s language, 5) Demonstrate the right way if a child makes an error in a word, 6) Give the child time to respond, 7) Use all the senses to teach new words, 8) Make learning language fun, 9) Be careful with questions, 10) Use the full range of expression.
  • Being willing to learn a range of strategies that may be used with that child, such as Intensive Interaction, sensory support, Ident play, Attention Autism, etc.
  • Ensure the atmosphere is a happy and welcoming one for the child, be ready to listen and use happy and motivating body language.
  • Supporting children’s personal care and medical/allergy needs.
  • Be committed to recognising, valuing, and respecting the diversity of employees, children, families, volunteers, and students. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated. Adhere to the Equal Opportunities Statement.
  • Planning and differentiating motivating activities for the child, responding to learning opportunities and knowing your children’s next steps, contributing as part of the team to the planning and provision of activities. This includes helping to set up and tidy away activities for the child at the beginning and end of the session.
  • Being alert to any further difficulties or concerns about the child’s wellbeing or development and sharing with the SENCo at the earliest opportunity.
  • Promote positive relationships with parents, regularly communicating with them (including giving daily feedback about the child’s day).
  • Possessing a desire to keep abreast of the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters and current legislation relating to Early Years/Special Educational Needs and Difficulties (Continuous Professional Development). To conduct training that is required as mandatory to your role, this includes safeguarding, data protection, epilepsy awareness, manual handling, food hygiene and paediatric first aid.
  • Contribute to individual child risk assessments/health care plans and complete relevant paperwork and evidence as directed and supported by the SENCo.
  • Ensuring any play spaces, the child is accessing are accessible and safe. Remembering Health and Safety is every staff member’s responsibility.
  • To contribute to the application for the child’s funding and the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) as directed and supported by the SENCo.

More Information

15 hours per week.

2.5 days per week.

Level 2 or Level 3 in Early Years or equivalent.

Minimum wage.

£6.83 to £9.50 per hour.

Contact Details

Carol Smith, 01227 742050 or [email protected]

Closing Date