Casual/Flexi Childrens Services Assistant

Reference number: 44659

Title: Casual/Flexi Childrens Services Assistant

Location: Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland

Salary: £9.00 per hour

Hours: Casual/Flexi - dependent on availability

Closing date: Thursday 22 October 2020

Interview date: To Be Confirmed

Contract type: Fixed Term, Casual, Permanent

Job advert:

Sense is seeking a Children’s Services Assistant to join our team in Newtownabbey. 

This is a permanent flexi post. Attracting a salary of £9.00 per hour including allowance, working up to varied hours each week depending on your availability, this will be predominantly to cover annual leave and any other absence cover.


About the role…

As a Children’s Services Assistant you will provide a quality service to children with dual sensory loss, physical disability or serious medical conditions, moderate/severe learning disability including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and complex health needs requiring medical intervention.

As a member of the Sense Nursery staff you will be part of a team providing a safe, creative developmental environment for a small number of children (very young to teens) with special needs to reach their full potential. You will provide direct support to the children, meeting their personal needs such as feeding and engaging in activities. You will also be responsible for the care of the Nursery environment.


Key skills and experience

Previous formal care experience is not required for this role. However, we do ask that you have NQV level 3 in Childcare or equivalent.

It is really important that you’re adaptable and able to work on your own initiative, always putting the people we support first. We are looking for people that really embrace our values and ‘I’ statements.


About Sense

We’re here for every person living with complex disabilities that can make it a challenge to communicate, access information and take part in life.

Our mission is to remove barriers to communication so that everyone has the opportunity to live their life to the full.


Our values

Everything we do is underpinned by five core values. These values shape the way we work as we pursue our vision of a world where no one, no matter how complex their disabilities is isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

We include

We are determined to provide a place where everyone belongs. Where difference is valued and no one is left out. We take time to understand each other, however we may communicate. And we involve each other, especially in the things that affect us directly.

We collaborate

We bring people together and make connections. Because though we may all connect differently, we are all connected. And by sharing, learning, working and contributing together, we can achieve so much more.

We find a way

We think creatively, seeing potential and possibility. Always finding a way, however long it takes.

We challenge

We think risk is a part of life to embrace and work with, not avoid. We constantly challenge ourselves and the status quo, working hard to make the world a place for everyone. When things go wrong, we're honest, we learn, we do better.

We celebrate

All achievements are worth celebrating. Those moments and milestones - the ordinary and extraordinary - that give meaning and purpose to life. We notice them and celebrate. Inspiring us to keep going.


Our ‘I’ statements

I will listen to others
I will understand and respond
I will respect others
I will be honest and open
I will participate and contribute
I will take informed risk
I will find things to celebrate
No decision about me, without me


To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format, please contact the recruitment team on

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.  Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore, all offers of employment are subject to a number of checks including an enhanced DBS check where appropriate.

No agency submissions, any submissions without prior authorisation from Sense will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)