Portage Home Visitor


Portage Home Visitor

Somerset County Council
  • Part Time
  • Salary: Up to £9,299-£9,675 per annum
  • Closing date: Wednesday February 26th, 2020 11:59pm
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Salary: Up to £9,299-£9,675 per annum

Location: Yeovil

Working Pattern: Part Time

Closing Date: 26-Feb-2020

About us

We have a part time opportunity of up to 22 hours per week for a Portage Home Visitor in the Portage Team (Educational Psychology). The hours must include working on a Tuesday and is Term Time only (39 weeks)

Somerset has a well-established Portage Service which is registered with the National Portage Association.  We have 2 teams of Home Visitors, based in Mendip and South Somerset, and Bridgwater and Taunton.  Case allocation and supervision is provided by an Educational Psychologist, with informal weekly supervision supported by the area Senior Portage Home Visitor.

About the job

Portage is a home visiting educational and support service for pre-school children with a range of significant additional needs and their families.  Families receive weekly visits from their allocated home visitor or attend group sessions.  The home visitor uses a range of resources and activities matched to the child’s developmental stage and interests which promote development through play. Home visitors make occasional visits to settings to ensure a joined-up approach.

About you

We are looking to recruit a Portage Home Visitor who will work as part of a local team.  If you are committed, enthusiastic, flexible, child and family centred with knowledge of early childhood development and special needs, then this could be the post for you.

Practical experience of working with very young children is essential.  Knowledge of effective strategies used for working with children with additional needs will be needed. An understanding of the portage approach will be expected, and the accredited Portage Workshop training qualification would be an advantage, although there would be an opportunity for you to complete this whilst working, if required.  You will need to hold a relevant qualification at NVQ Level 2 or equivalent.

The ability to work in partnership with families and other professionals is essential.

Independent travel between family homes is required.  You will need to hold a full driving license and have the use of a car during working hours as much of your day will be spent on home visits.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Jo Toomey or Vicky Lamb (Senior Portage Home Visitors) on 01823 357000 or by email JToomey@somerset.gov.uk or VMJLamb@somerset.gov.uk.

Interview Date: 9 March 2020

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Apply: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/our-vacancies/job-details/?jobId=1351

Ref: SCC01089AB