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Peripatetic Support and 3-5 Lead Practitioner.

ST2, Stoke-on-Trent (Hybrid)
Up to £35,000 dependent on experience with a secondment possible.
Contract (18 months)
Job description

Thrive at Five, a national early years charity are looking for a dynamic early years professional (would suit an experienced EYFS teacher) to work in our pathfinder project area as a Peripatetic Support Leader. The role involves supporting a number of workstreams designed to support professionals, parents and educational settings working with children aged 3 to 5.

This role is key to the successful role out of Thrive at Five’s model, particularly as it applies to children of nursery and school age. The role is about collaborating with a small value-based team operating in Bentilee and Abbey Hulton in Stoke on Trent, and about fostering collaboration between a wide group of stakeholders in the two ward areas and across Stoke more widely. We are not a delivery organization but seek to support a wide variety of stakeholders operating in the early years to work together, and with parents and carers, to support children’s good development. We co-develop sustainable solutions which are delivered and owned by local stakeholders.

Crucial to the success of the project is using your own knowledge and skills, leveraging local and national expertise to support the development of high-quality practice across the early year’s settings and places where parents with children under five attend.

The role will include the co-development with local stakeholders and the delivery, by them, of projects to improve early language and communication and to enrich the home learning environment. The role involves working closely with the Deputy Partnership and Programme Lead (DPPL), the Early Years Lead (0-2) and other Thrive leaders, assisting them to ensure the delivery of high-quality parent, baby and toddler groups including the provision of in the development of high quality, evidence informed home learning materials. The evidence is clear that high quality early years education plays a positive role in raising attainment and closing the gap between outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and other children. This post is about making this happen in the areas where Thrive at Five work and supporting our partners to achieve this.

Stoke-on-Trent is the first place where Thrive at Five has a programme. The learning from Stoke and other places we work will inform the development of a Thrive at Five model, to be replicated and scaled nationally. This role comes with an expectation of close collaboration with our external learning partner, external evaluation partner, the national Thrive at Five team and teams across the UK, with a commitment to sharing learning and best practice all with a view to enabling more children to thrive and reach their full potential.

Thrive at Five are proud of the values under which it operates. These are:

Listening: We make sure that by listening hard we’ve understood everyone – especially people whose voices are rarely heard – before we plan and act.

Togetherness: We take time to build meaningful relationships founded on real trust and connection with parents, communities, and our partners, so together we can co-create and achieve more together.

Kindness: We befriend, gain support, and dispel hostility, through strong kindness, so we can get more done.

Endurance: We won’t have achieved lasting change until we’ve explored, tested, and rolled out an approach that works and sustains itself in communities everywhere.


1.      Act as the early year’s education and childcare learning and care subject matter expert for the programme. and ensure best practice is disseminated.

2.      Act as the relationship manager with all early year’s settings in Bentilee and Abbey Hulton and build strong and trusting relationships through regular timetabled meetings with appropriate early years personnel, including childminders.

3.      Act as the relationship manager with stakeholders in Stoke-on-Trent who are directly involved in the delivery or who support the delivery of high-quality education and childcare.

4.      Take responsibility and accountability for of all 3–5-year-old focused workstreams co-designed to support better outcomes associated with 3- 5-year-old provision and services in line with Thrive at Five’s theory of change.

5.      Work closely with Partnership and Programme Lead for Stoke, Deputy Partnership and Programme Lead and the national team to develop robust strategies for 3–5-year-olds (as these evolve from time to time, and as currently defined in point 4).

6.      Work with the DPPL on implementation plans for and manage the implementation of the strategies for:

·         Improved early language and communications (NELI, Talking Time) including peripatetic support where required and be the link for NELI and Talking Time Workstreams

·         Work with others for the smooth transition into nursery and school Ready Steady Stoke.

·         Improved home learning environment through evidence-informed parent engagement in nurseries and schools e.g., PEEP

7.      Act as the link with all early year’s settings in Bentilee and Abbey Hulton through timetabled meetings with appropriate early years personnel, including childminders to strengthen local practice.

8.      Build and sustain an (external) 3-5 Working Group – to ensure local stakeholders are empowered to participate fully in and take co-ownership of workstreams developed by Thrive at Five.

9.      Ensure that the 3-5 Working Group includes representation from practitioners from non-school settings, and individuals from any other local voluntary, private and public sector organisations whose role has a direct bearing on the development and delivery of the 3-5 workstreams.

10.  Be a part of the dissemination of good practice.

11.  Undertake the line management of the Flexi Support staff recruited to provide capacity to early year school settings in the delivery of the Thrive at Five workstreams.

12.  The appropriate candidate will need to be able to work confidently with settings and appropriate partners to ensure the early years 3-5 in target wards are as effective possible.

13.   Collaborate with the learning and impact teams (internal and external) fundraising and wider national team and other Thrive at Five teams as required.

14.  Support settings in their endeavours to improve the number of children reaching GLD and for Thrive to achieve it primary goal.


A teaching qualification, preferably in Early Years is required for this post.


The appropriate candidate will need to be able to work confidently with early years settings and appropriate partners to ensure early years in the target wards is as effective as it can be.

·         High levels of empathy

·         Excellent Good Communication and organisational Skills

·         Sound knowledge of early years and the frameworks that support it.

·         High levels of Creativity

·         Solution Focused Disposition

This post requires and enhanced DBS. You must be able to drive and have access to a car.

This is a full-time position up to £35,000 dependent on experience with a secondment possible.

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Posted on: 02 May 2024
Closed date: 15 May 2024 at 23:30
Tags: Teaching, Practitioner

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