Renfrewshire Council

Thumbs up St John Bosco Nursery

Come to Renfrewshire to start your Early Learning and Childcare career

It's a rewarding job helping children learn and grow - are you up to the challenge? For a career that truly makes a difference, come join us in Renfrewshire and take up a new role in Early Learning and Childcare. We'll have lots of exciting job opportunities coming up now until well beyond August 2020.

An exciting and rewarding new career

What makes a career in Early Learning and Childcare in Renfrewshire so exciting and rewarding?

  • You get to teach children skills for life
  • It's an extremely satisfying feeling, helping young minds learn and grow towards a positive future
  • No two days will be the same, plus you'll never be stuck behind a desk all day
  • It's a secure job with lots of scope for career progression
  • There are lots of opportunities to grow and develop your skills, including a dedicated training programme to help you progress your Early Learning and Childcare career.
  • You could start your early learning and childcare career close to home! We'll be recruiting for staff for our nurseries right across Renfrewshire thanks to the expansion of funded early learning and childcare hours from 600 to 1140 by August 2020.
  • Our terms and conditions are competitive. We offer both term-time and full-time contracts as well as flexible working arrangements.

Why should I choose an Early Learning and Childcare career in Renfrewshire?

Early Learning and Childcare is an important and completely unique sector - you'll teach children skills for life, yet no two days will be the same, and you'll never be stuck behind a desk all day. It's also an extremely satisfying feeling, making a difference to the lives of young children and working closely with them to maximise their development and learning.

Your work won't just impact the children either. As a practitioner, you'll build strong relationships with parents and families as well as your colleagues.


Where will jobs be advertised?

All Renfrewshire Council vacancies will be advertised on MyJobScotland and you should apply online. For an informal discussion about any of our Early Learning and Childcare opportunities, call Pamela Barclay on 0141 618 7023.


When will jobs be advertised?

Vacancies will be posted regularly throughout 2019 and 2020 ahead of the expansion to 1140 hours by August 2020. Keep up-to-date with the very latest opportunities by following Renfrewshire Council on Facebook and Twitter.


Where can I work?

Renfrewshire Council runs a mix of Early Learning and Childcare Centres and Classes (Relics) right across Renfrewshire in a variety of urban, suburban and rural locations. The expansion to 1140 early learning and childcare hours could see you working closer to home.


What job can I do?

There are lots of different roles available in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in Renfrewshire for creative, caring, positive and motivated individuals. Plus, you don't need previous childcare experience to get started.

Our unqualified roles include:

  • Early Learning and Childcare Modern Apprentice

Work, learn and earn at the same time to get the skills that you need to kick-start your career. You will learn the key skills needed to work in early learning and childcare, maximising your learning and development.

  • Early Learning Support Worker

You will work closely with the early learning and childcare officers to provide care and support to children during the lunch time period. This role would suit you if you're looking to progress your childcare career, are looking to get back into work or looking for a career change. This role includes on the job training towards an accredited Early Learning and Childcare qualification.

Our qualified roles include:

  • Early Learning and Childcare Officer

You will work as part of a team to provide high quality education and care to children and their families, maximising learning and development. This role is open to anyone with a practitioner qualification, for example HNCS in Childcare Practice, SQL Social Services Children and Young People (SCQF level 7). 

Our management roles include:

  • Senior Early Learning and Childcare Officer

You'll work as part of the management team to lead staff and ensure the delivery of high-quality education and care to children and their families. You must have SQL Social Services Children and Young People (SCQF level 7) or have an HNCS Childhood Practice. Equipped with (or working towards) a BO Childhood Practice, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood Practice /HNDS Early Education and Childcare or PDA in Childhood Practice is desirable.

  • Early Years Graduate

You will lead and support the implementation of a curriculum which ensures all children access high quality early learning and teaching experiences. You will also be part of the establishment leadership team. This role is ideal for BO Childhood Practice graduates who are passionate and knowledgeable about providing high-quality learning experiences for young children.

  • Depute Head of Centre

You'll work as part of the management team to ensure effective operation of the centre to the benefit of the children, their families and the local community. With significant experience of providing high quality early learning and childcare, sound knowledge of the national curriculum and child development, this role is best suited to established practitioners with leadership and management experience. Equipped with (or working towards) a BO Childhood Practice, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood Practice /HNDS Early Education and Childcare or PDA in Childhood Practice is desirable. The initial qualifications as outlined above for a senior EL CC officer is also required.

  • Head of Centre

You'll have overall responsibility for the management of the centre, ensuring that a high-quality service is provided to all children and their families. Equipped with (or working towards) a BO Childhood Practice, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Childhood Practice, you should be forward thinking, innovative and be able to provide strategic leadership and management that benefits both staff and children. The initial qualifications as outlined above for a senior EL CC officer is also required.


What will my day to day duties be?

  • Come to work for us in one of our centres or classes and you will:
  • Provide children with valuable experiences to develop all key areas of their learning and development through play
  • Support children to be safe, healthy, active, responsible and independent
  • Work closely with children to plan and evaluate their own learning and share this with their families.
  • Build positive relationships with families; involving them in their child's learning and nursery life
  • Work as part of a team and with other professionals to create the best possible learning experiences for the children in your care

Why work for Renfrewshire Council?

Apply for an Early Learning and Childcare position in Renfrewshire and you'll enjoy:

  • A secure job with scope for career progression
  • Competitive terms and conditions, including term-time and full-time contracts and flexible working arrangement

Check out what our Early Learning and Childcare staff members have to say about working with us.


How can I get qualified?

Getting formal qualifications in Early Learning and Childcare is a great way to gain confidence and practical experience. There are lots of great training courses and development opportunities available here in Renfrewshire. You can find a full list of courses and providers on this website. 

Our staff train on-the-job and gain qualifications and they grow their career. Check out what our Early Learning and Childcare staff members had to say about their gaining their qualifications at work.


Last updated Wednesday 8 January 2020.