Developmental Programme Practitioner Additional Needs Programme M/01 – Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

Developmental Programme Practitioner Additional Needs Programme M/01

ABBEY Sure Start

Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim


Job Description
The appointed person will work with the Programme Supervisor to deliver quality early year’s services that meet the needs of families, in the Abbey Sure Start area.

The Developmental Programme Practitioner will support children with additional needs in our additional needs developmental programme for 2-3 year olds.  The programme has a focus on constructive play in group settings to enhance children’s social development, build on their communication and language skills and encourage their imagination through play.


To contribute to creating a safe and stimulating environment that provides a wide range of age appropriate activities to enable children to reach their full potential.

To encourage parents to engage positively during play sessions

To prepare activities and ensure play area is clean and set up prior to session and tidied and cleaned at end.

To keep up to date with legislation and good practice in relation to Child Protection and to adhere to Abbey Sure Starts Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

Respect confidentiality at all times and uphold the ethos and core values of Abbey Sure Start.

To show in all areas of work, a commitment to implementing Abbey Sure Starts Equal Opportunity Policy.

To participate in training opportunities and meetings as directed by line manager.

To participate positively to the supervision and appraisal process.

To respond flexibly to the needs of the service and carry out any other duties commensurate with the post as directed by the Line Manager.

To ensure that Health and Safety Policies are implemented and adhered to at all times.

To participate in team planning meetings.

To ensure that the developmental needs of children are met.

To fulfil the role of keyworker including recording observations.

Developmental Programme Practitioner Person Specification

Additional Needs Programme for 2-3 year olds


Qualifications and experience

QCF 3 in Childcare or equivalent relevant qualification

A minimum of 12 months’ experience in an Early Years setting, preferably with children aged 0-4

Experience of working with children who have additional needs

A valid driver’s license and have access to a car


Knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop

To be aware and responsive to the importance of play within children’s lives

To have an awareness and understanding of issues that parents may experience

To have an understanding and commitment to the implementation of an equal opportunities policy

To be aware of the need for confidentiality in all aspects of the post

Experience of working independently and as part of a team in an Early Years setting

To be able to work independently and as part of a team

Awareness of health and safety requirements

To be aware of and understand Child Protection guidelines

To be aware of and have an understanding of the ethos of ABBEY Sure Start.


Abilities and Personal attributes

The ability to respond positively and appropriately to the needs of children you are supporting

The ability to contribute to the provision of a creative and stimulating play environment using a variety of resources

To promote an inclusive and welcoming environment.

The ability to relate to parents and be respectful and responsive to their needs.

To build and maintain positive relationships with other staff and service users

The ability to contribute effectively to planning and the organisation of activities

To have good communication skills


First Aid and basic food hygiene certificates

Child protection training

Experience of working in the SureStart Developmental Programme for 2-3 year olds


Please note that the Abbey Sure Start operates a “No Smoking Policy” and all employees must comply with this.


Abbey Sure Start is an Equal Opportunities employer.  It is expected that all employees adhere to Abbey Sure Start Equal Opportunities policy throughout the duration of your employment.


The duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description are not meant to be definitive nor restrictive and may be modified to meet changing needs.  It should be noted therefore that duties, designation and location of the post might be subject to change in the future to meet the changing requirements of the service



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