SHS Specialist Early Years Practitioner – Working across East Manchester

School-Home Support (SHS) is a dynamic charity working to ensure every child is in school ready to learn. For over 30 years it has been working with children and young people struggling to stay in school due to a wide range of complex issues. We get children and young people back in school ready to learn, whatever it takes.

School-Home Support Specialist Early Years Practitioner – Working across East Manchester.

5 days a week, Term time only.

Starting salary: £18,074 per annum to £20,401 per annum depending upon experience

This is an exciting opportunity to join School-Home Support as the first Specialist Early Years Practitioner in Manchester.  Initially developing relationships with local early years settings the Early Years Practitioner will work from a child centered approach and primarily be concerned with developing and maintaining good working relationships with parents/carers, children and various educational support staff and other agencies. ‘Ready for Nursery, Ready for learning’ is a project targeted to families in East Manchester through a specialist Early Years Outreach practitioner. 

The main purpose of this role will be to deliver a rolling 7 week program to families, parents and carers in early years setting with the main aim to provide families with a sound foundation of knowledge, tools, strategies and confidence from which to support their child’s readiness for learning.

The first 6 weeks of the programme will focus on six broad areas related to the EYFS:

  1. Socialisation
  2. Behaviour progression & parental confidence
  3. Emotional literacy and understanding
  4. Independence (child) & health/wellbeing (parent)
  5. Literacy and numerical development.
  6. Routines and planning around school attendance


With the 7th week focusing on connecting with the Early Years setting where the child will attend.

In addition the Practitioner will also manage a small caseload of families whereby more intensive support is needed.

The successful candidates will have experience working in an early years setting, be confident when delivering group sessions, be a motivated creative thinker and have strong abilities in engaging challenging children and their parents.  

Duties of the role:

  • Recruit and engage with early years settings.
  • Deliver regular group sessions.
  • Provide targeted casework for a small number of families.
  • Provide 1:1 emotional and practical support for families.
  • Encourage parental engagement in learning.
  • Regularly monitor and update resources.
  • Ensure recording is up to date.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Collate and utilise data and statistics and produce reports for the funder, sometimes at short notice.

Please see the job description for full details.

To apply for one of these posts, please fill in an application form and send to

For an informal discussion, please contact Nicola Williams 07817 518 972 

Closing date for applications: 9th December 2020 9am

Interviews will be held virtually: 17th December 2020

Start Date: January 2021

For Job Description and to apply please go

School-Home Support​ ​takes very seriously the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring that our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice. Our safeguarding policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. All roles above are subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.