Early Intervention and Play Service Manager

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Reference number: 46277

Title: Early Intervention and Play Service Manager

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £40,024 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Monday 29 November 2021

Interview date: Tuesday 7 December 2021

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

Ensuring children and families get the best possible start is a strategic priority for Sense as set out in our organizational Strategy 2021 – 2026.  

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced early years and play manager to join our service from the start. The development of a national Early Intervention and Play service is a key part of delivering this strategic priority. The Early Intervention and Play Service will support children with complex disabilities and their families with all aspects of communication, interaction and play. By providing information, guidance and support; along with delivering pre-school sessions, activities and resources, and family events; the service will give families the skills, strategies and confidence to interact, build relationships and communicate with their child.  It will enable children to have fun, be happy, thrive, learn and enjoy the moment.

The Early Intervention and Play Service Manager is responsible for leading the development of the national service, initially piloting the service from our Hub in Birmingham.  The post holder will lead a national team of Early Intervention and Play Workers to support families of children with complex disabilities to deliver a range of activities, including online sessions, support in the family home and community settings, and from our Hubs across the country. This will include developing referral pathways, partnerships and networks and processes for assessment, intervention, support planning and reviewing the outcomes for the child and their family.  It will also include liaison with local agencies and partners in education, health and social care.

The Early Intervention and Play Service Manager will work as a member of Sense Children’s Services and will take an active role in the leadership and development of our charitable services.

About you…


  • A recognized qualification in play work, childcare, speech and language therapy, education or a related field OR qualified by substantial successful experience
  • Evidence of successful experience of direct work with children with complex disabilities and their families, including child centred play settings
  • Proven experience of assessing and monitoring individual progress of children with complex disabilities, including maintaining clear and precise records of work
  • Experience of successfully developing new services and implementing project plans to deliver services
  • Able to compile comprehensive reports at a variety of levels often relaying complex and sensitive information in an understandable format.

For the full job description and person specification please see links below

About Sense…

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition, we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

To apply;

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; 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, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.

If you require any further assistance, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or recruitment@sense.org.uk

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, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. We value everyone’s contribution and ensure people are given the opportunity to realise their potential. We will promote equality and diversity in all that we do and the work we do in partnership with others. For more information please visit: https://www.sense.org.uk/about/equality-and-diversity/


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