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Nursery Practitioner

JOB TITLE:                          Nursery Practitioner

REPORTING TO:                Room Leader

Salary:                                   Salary range (depending on level of qualification) £11.44 – £11.95 per hour; £22,369 – £23,369 (pro rata for part time)

Hours:                                   a variety of positions available from 25 to 37.5 hours per week; term time only or all year round.

Annual Leave:                     28 days per year plus public holidays. Holiday entitlement is calculated pro rata for term time only and part time contracts.  For term time only posts, leave must not be taken during term time.

Location:                              The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU.

Jimbo’s Community Nursery provides both mainstream and specialist early years education and childcare in East End Park in Leeds. We’re delighted and proud that following our inspection in March 2024 we’ve now been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. This is especially significant as we are the only nursery in the city with a specialist playroom that supports children with additional needs.

Our Ofsted rating doesn’t just mean a lot to us and the parents of the children who already attend the nursery. It also means a lot to the wider community, and we want to be able to offer places to the many children who want to start coming to the nursery. This is why we’re now recruiting Level 2 and Level 3 Nursery Practitioners for a number of posts, both part-time and full-time basis (including term-time only.) 

The nursery is part of local charity, Leeds Mencap, and we’re based in a friendly, modern, purpose-built centre. We have excellent facilities and resources, and the nursery is expertly managed by our highly experienced, skilled and supportive Childcare Manager.

Some of the children we work with require an especially caring and understanding approach or specialist support to help them flourish, and the work is not always easy, but as part of a strong and experienced team you will be well-supported and have access to specialist training that’s relevant to your role.

‘Staff report that the support for their emotional wellbeing as being is very good. Staff who require additional support for their own needs are very well supported by managers.’ OFSTED March 2024

“I was never really interested in working for somewhere that was just a regular day nursery. I came to Jimbo’s because it’s so specialist and feels like it’s part of something more, that supports Learning Disability and local communities, and feels like a family.” Jimbo’s Nursery Practitioner.

Alongside the nursery Leeds Mencap also offers services to children and young people with a learning disability, their families and carers. These services include activities such as youth clubs and holiday playschemes and family support, which includes informal stay and play sessions where parents can meet others in similar situations, and advice on navigating through the often-complex systems to access specialist support in school settings.

The nursery and Family Services often work together to support children and their families, and the support we offer is long-term and meaningful. In fact, some of the children who started out accessing our nursery now attend our youth club for 14–18 year-olds for young people with learning disabilities.

Leeds Mencap is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk of harm.  We expect all staff and volunteers to fully share and demonstrate this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We aim for our team to reflect the diversity of people in Leeds and welcome applications from any community.  If you share our passion about all children getting the very best start in life, whatever their background and ability, we would love to hear from you.

To apply please download application pack from our website https://www.leedsmencap.org.uk/jobs

Please note we do not accept CVs.

For more information please contact Abigail Cunningham on 0113 467 3050 or e-mail abigail.cunningham@leedsmencap.org.uk

We would also ask you to complete our Equality and Diversity monitoring form. This form is for monitoring purposes only and will not be treated as part of your application.

Please send completed forms to administrator@leedsmencap.org.uk

Closing date:          9am Wednesday 12th June 2024

Shortlisting date:   Thursday 13th June 2024

Interview date:        week beginning 17th June 2024

(please note, a mutually agreeable interview date may be arranged prior to this date for the right candidates)

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.

Trustee (voluntary role)

Voluntary (expenses paid)

Location: The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9LU

Description

SALARY:                              Voluntary (expenses paid)

LOCATION:                         The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, LS9 9LU

Leeds Mencap is looking for people who are passionate about improving the lives of children and young people with learning disabilities to join our current Board of five skilled and enthusiastic Trustees.

In the role of Trustee you will have the opportunity to meet and work as part of a team with staff, volunteers and other Trustees from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and specialisms. Your skills will complement established Trustees and senior staff to continue to provide strong and clear leadership to the organisation, helping us to progress further towards becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation, and extending support to more children and young people with learning disabilities and their families.

This year is an especially exciting time to join Leeds Mencap. 2023 marked our 70th year and gave us the opportunity to celebrate our history, whilst looking to the future by continuing to refine our offer. If you want to play a part in how the charity moves forward we are looking for new Trustees with a wide range of skills and experience, and from diverse backgrounds. In particular we are looking for people with:

  • A recruitment or HR background to support us in the appointment and continuing professional development of new and existing staff,
  • Knowledge or experience of fundraising and income generation,
  • Lived experience of learning disability,
  • Knowledge or experience of delivering early years and/or SEND (special educational needs and disability) support,
  • IT, digital and business development skills and experience,
  • previous experience of working or volunteering for a charity or not for profit organisation

Most importantly we are keen to hear from anyone who feels they have something to contribute and wants to be part of our continuing journey, so please get in touch.

As part of the Leeds Mencap team you will see the difference you make not just in the children and young people who will develop and achieve beyond anyone’s expectations but also in the parents who can draw breath and find some respite and comfort in knowing they’re not alone as well as accessing practical and supportive help. In undertaking the role you will be working with our loyal, skilled, experienced and committed team who are aspirational about what we can achieve together.

How to apply

For an informal discussion please call Ged Walker, CEO on 0113 235 1331.

To apply, please send your CV, together with a supporting statement detailing how you meet the requirements of the role and what you think you can offer, to administrator@leedsmencap.org.uk

Any appointment will be subject to a DBS check, receipt of two suitable references and declarations of suitability to act as a Trustee.

Closing date:  As we have a number of Trustee vacancies, we will be considering applications on a rolling basis so please get in touch. 

Please also get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Trustee but are not currently in a position to apply.

Playscheme Assistant

Job Title: Playscheme Assistant

Reporting to: Playscheme Leader and Seniors

Responsible for: Volunteers/Placements

Salary:                       £12.21 per hour

Hours:                       Variable to suit across schools holidays:

Leeds Mencap offers a range of services for children and families. We are recruiting to the post of Playscheme Assistants for our school holiday activities; there are a number of vacancies in the team as we are hoping to expand the pool of Playscheme Assistant.

We currently offer seven weeks of playschemes per year for children and young people aged 4 -18 years old and these run in October and February Half term and during the Easter and Summer holidays. they provide fun and creative activities that excite and inspire children and allow them to have a variety of experiences regardless of their disability. Our playschemes are open to children and young people with a wide range of support needs. The Playscheme Assistant is to ensure children and young people participate in activities, have fun and enjoy themselves.

Main responsibilities:

  • Responsible for supporting children/young people with a learning disability to participate fully in activities such as games, sports, arts and crafts, baking, visits to museums, farms and other places of interest
  • Attend morning briefings and take responsibility for specific tasks as assigned by the Playscheme Leader and Seniors
  • Responsible for maintaining a physical environment that is a clean, tidy and secure for children, staff and visitors and to report any injury/accident to the Leader or Seniors and record in an appropriate way
  • Work as part of a strong team, committed to excellent service delivery
  • Provide continuous monitoring for all service users, maintain staff ratios and report any safeguarding concerns immediately
  • Provide care to the children attending the playscheme including support with feeding and meeting personal care needs and administering medication where prior training has been provided
  • Liaise with playscheme parents/carers as necessary during the drop-off and pick up and make sure any important information is shared appropriately. Maintain daily records for each child as directed by the Leader and Seniors
  • Follow the services Health and Safety regulations and adhere to risk assessments
  • Maintain confidentiality of information about all children and families attending services
  • Adhere to all Leeds Mencap policies and procedures including ensuring that anti-discriminatory practice is maintained by all staff, volunteers and service users
  • Ensure that training is kept up to date and to be willing to attend.

General

  • Leeds Mencap is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk of harm.  We expect all staff and volunteers to fully share and demonstrate this commitment.
  • Treat everyone with respect and promote equality, diversity and inclusion in all actions and activities
  • Attend and contribute to meetings as required
  • Attend training as needed and demonstrate commitment to learning and development
  • Adhere to all organisational policies and procedures including Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Data Protection.
  • Any other duties and tasks as reasonably requested

How to apply

Please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and return this to administrator@leedsmencap.org.uk

We recruit for Playscheme assistants on a rolling basis and accept applications for Playscheme throughout the year.

Now recruiting for Summer 2024

Closing date:  Friday 7th June

Shortlisting:  Monday 10th June

Interview date:   week commencing 17th June

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role.

(please note, a mutually agreeable interview date may be arranged prior to this date for the right candidates)

Marketing and Communications Volunteer

Role summary

Leeds Mencap are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help us raise more funds, engage more people in the community and create awareness of our charity across Leeds. This exciting role is varied and you’ll get the opportunity to learn about marketing, communications and social media in a charity setting.

Leeds Mencap is a local, independent charity that helps children and young people with learning disabilities across Leeds. Life is challenging and can be isolating for people with learning disabilities and we are here to ensure families get the best support they need so their children can fulfil their potential in life.

Key duties

  • Keeping social media channels updated, monitoring activity and responding to interactions, using Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Hootsuite
  • Supporting our social media strategy by encouraging others to comment and share and increasing our number of followers
  • Make links to appropriate new individuals or organisations to build and sustain new relationships within our online community
  • Writing content for marketing materials and communications (such as a fundraising poster, a blog on our website or a newsletter email)
  • Design of marketing materials using programmes such as publisher or Canva
  • Creating press releases and sending them out to local media

Skills, knowledge and attitude

Volunteers may have a passion for fundraising or marketing, or be enthusiastic about communications or graphic design. For this role volunteers need to be creative and have fantastic written communication skills. We would really value someone with graphic design experience, however this is not necessary.

Commitment

Volunteers should be able to commit to 3 hours a week, for a minimum of 6 months, ideally longer.

Additional information

This role requires volunteers to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. There is no cost to the volunteer for this. Details will be given upon induction.

Travel costs and any additional expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

Location: Leeds Mencap, The Vinery Centre, Leeds, LS9 9LU

How to apply

To apply for any of our volunteering opportunities, please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Email completed forms to fundraising@leedsmencap.org.uk

Community and Events Volunteer

Role summary

Leeds Mencap are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help us raise more funds, engage more people in the community and create awareness of our charity across Leeds. This exciting role is varied and you’ll get the opportunity to learn about fundraising, be involved in organising events and meet new people in your local community.

Leeds Mencap is a local, independent charity that helps children and young people with learning disabilities across Leeds. Life is challenging and can be isolating for people with learning disabilities and we are here to ensure families get the best support they need so their children can fulfil their potential in life.

Key duties

  • Support us in the lead up to our in-person and digital events
  • Researching and sourcing items for events, such as entertainment and raffle prizes
  • Helping design information packs and promotional materials for different audiences
  • Distributing fundraising materials and mailings to different community groups
  • Helping out with events on the day, for example running stalls at a fun day
  • Helping us with charity collections at local supermarkets, sporting venues and other locations in Leeds.
  • Finding new locations for our collection tins such as corner shops or hairdressers and collecting them when they are full
  • Promoting events and other activity through social media
  • Creating press releases and sending them out to local media

Skills, knowledge and attitude

Volunteers may have a passion for fundraising or events management, or may be enthusiastic about communications and/or marketing. For this role, volunteers need to be friendly and approachable, with good communication skills and the ability to balance a variety of different activities at once.

Commitment

Volunteers should be able to commit to 3 hours a week, for a minimum of 6 months, ideally longer.

However we also look for volunteers to help out on the day of events, so please also get in touch if you cannot commit to the regular volunteering.

Additional information

This role requires volunteers to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. There is no cost to the volunteer for this. Details will be given upon induction.

Travel costs and any additional expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

Location: Leeds Mencap, The Vinery Centre, Leeds, LS9 9LU

How to apply

To apply for any of our volunteering opportunities, please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Email completed forms to fundraising@leedsmencap.org.uk

Fundraising Administration Volunteer

Role summary

Leeds Mencap are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help us raise more funds, engage more people in the community and create awareness of our charity across Leeds. This exciting role is varied and you’ll get the opportunity to learn about fundraising and be involved with approaching Companies and Charitable Trusts.

Leeds Mencap is a local, independent charity that helps children and young people with learning disabilities across Leeds. Life is challenging and can be isolating for people with learning disabilities and we are here to ensure families get the best support they need so their children can fulfil their potential in life.

Key duties

  • Providing admin support for the Fundraising and communications team
  • Researching new fundraising partners such as companies and Charitable Trusts
  • With support, approaching new fundraising partners such as companies and Charitable Trusts
  • Responding to emails from potential volunteers or challenge event participants
  • Researching and sourcing items for events, such as entertainment and raffle prizes
  • Helping design information packs and promotional materials for different audiences
  • Distributing fundraising materials and mailings to different community groups

Skills, knowledge and attitude

Volunteers may have a passion for fundraising, or may be enthusiastic about communications and administration. For this role, volunteers need to be confident using IT and Microsoft word/excel/outlook. They need to have good verbal and written communication skills.

Commitment

Volunteers should be able to commit to 3 hours a week, for a minimum of 6 months, ideally longer.

Additional information

This role requires volunteers to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. There is no cost to the volunteer for this. Details will be given upon induction.

Travel costs and any additional expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

Location: Leeds Mencap, The Vinery Centre, Leeds, LS9 9LU

How to apply

To apply for any of our volunteering opportunities, please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Email completed forms to fundraising@leedsmencap.org.uk

Volunteer Reception/Room Hire Assistant

About The Vinery Centre

Leeds Mencap’s Vinery Centre has a community and specialist nursery, as well as activity and meeting rooms which are hired out to local groups and organisations and used to run our own specialist services, including youth clubs and playschemes for children and young people with learning disabilities.

Key duties

  • To welcome Room Hirers into the centre and to make sure they sign in and know basic information about the centre such as where the toilets are, fire assembly points, no smoking, car parking
  • To help with setting up and clearing up of room hire meeting rooms – this will include moving tables, clearing tables, stacking dishwasher, emptying bins, hoovering carpets, sweeping floors, filling hot water urns, sorting baskets of teas/coffees and biscuits, etc.
  • To help prepare sandwiches and buffets under the direction of the cook, to set out buffets for room hirers, arranging cutlery/serviettes and labelling food as needed
  • Other general tasks such as leaflet printing and folding in between room hire support activities
  • Reception support

Skills, knowledge and attitude

Volunteers need to be friendly and welcoming with good communication skills.

Commitment

Approximately once a week. Leeds Mencap will let you know in advance which days have a lot of room hire activity and you will let us know in advance when you can come in.

Additional information

Volunteers with be supported by the Room Hire Lead.

This role requires volunteers to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. There is no cost to the volunteer for this.

Travel costs and any additional expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

How to apply

To apply for any of our volunteering opportunities, please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Email completed forms to info@leedsmencap.org.uk

Nursery Volunteer

About our nursery

Jimbo’s Community Nursery has four playrooms:

  • Holly Playroom for babies,
  • Willow Playroom for toddlers (1 to 2 year olds),
  • Maple Playroom for pre-school children (2 to 4 year olds), and
  • Hawthorn Specialist Playroom for children aged 0 to 4 with learning disabilities).

We also run an after school club with a walking bus to pick up children from local primary schools.

We are unique in Leeds in running a nursery which includes a specialist playroom for children with learning disabilities/additional needs. This enables children to get the best of both specialist support and a mainstream setting. Children have a ‘base’ place in either the specialist playroom or the mainstream nursery. They spend the majority of their time in their ‘base’ but will also spend time in other rooms in the nursery to take part in particular activities, be with other children the same age, help with transitions to other nurseries or school/SILC.

Role summary

Key tasks include:

  • Interacting with children to help develop their play and learning
  • Supporting and encouraging children to participate in activities
  • Assist with helping children at snack and lunchtime
  • Assisting with tidying up at the end of the session
  • Following instruction from the room leader and playroom staff
  • Establish positive relationships with Leeds Mencap staff and service users

Key duties

  • Comply at all times to the settings policies, procedures and standards, including health and safety, hygiene, inclusion, confidentiality, child protection, etc.
  • Help staff to promote children’s health, safety and physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Help to protect children from danger.
  • Help to sustain a safe, welcoming, purposeful, stimulating and encouraging environment where children feel confident and secure and are able to develop and learn to achieve their full potential.
  • Talk to children giving constructive and sensitive feedback to help children understand what they have achieved and think about what they need to do next.
  • Help staff to plan and provide safe, appropriate, child-led and adult initiated experiences, activities and play opportunities in indoor, outdoor and in out-of-setting contexts, which enable children to develop and learn.
  • Help staff to select, prepare and use a range of resources suitable for children’s ages, interests and abilities, taking account of diversity and promoting equality and inclusion.
  • Help to promote positive behaviour, self-control and independence through using effective behaviour management strategies and developing children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills.
  • Listen to children, pay attention to what they say and value and respect their views.
  • Keep up to date with the nutritional needs of the children.
  • Help staff with the hygienic upkeep of the room and facilities.
  • To support the Leeds Mencap staff on-going development activities.
  • Attend relevant training opportunities, such as safeguarding.
  • Assist staff in making sure the Ofsted requirements are met.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of information about families accessing the setting, complying with Data Protection Act.

Skills, knowledge and attitude

Volunteers need to be friendly and approachable, with good communication skills and the ability to improve their practice.

Commitment

Volunteers should be able to commit to 2/3 hours per week, for a minimum of six weeks.

Additional information

This role requires volunteers to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. There is no cost to the volunteer for this. Details will be given upon induction.

Travel costs and any additional expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

How to apply

To apply for any of our volunteering opportunities, please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Email completed forms to info@leedsmencap.org.uk

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