Volunteer with us! become an Early Years Champion
A new exciting opportunity in Westminster!
Do you have some time to spare and would like to help others while learning new skills? If you are a parent of a child under 5, or work with young families in Westminster, this might be the right opportunity for you.
The Westminster Family Information Service in collaboration with the Bi-Borough Early Education and Childcare Service is currently seeking to recruit a small group of 4 volunteers for our ‘Early Years Champion (EYC) Programme’.
You can dowload our information leaflet or see full detail below:
Who are we:
The Westminster Family Information Service (FIS) is a statutory service providing free, confidential and impartial information, advice and signposting for families, young people aged up to 19 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs) and for the professionals working with them.
In Westminster, this service is provided by Westminster City Council. For more information, visit: Westminster Family Information Service (FIS).
Aims of this programme:
- Providing guidance about the current free early education and childcare options.
- Raising awareness about the benefits of early learning for children's wellbeing and development.
- Empowering parents and carers to make use of the free early learning places their children may be eligible to and supporting them to make an application.
- Supporting parents and carers at finding a suitable early years’ provider (local nursery or childminder)
- Providing parents and carers information about other services and activities that may be available to them locally, such as parent and toddler groups, parenting courses, library activities, or similar.
This programme would be ideal for Westminster parents/carers with young children who are looking to gain new skills, confidence and valuable experience while meeting other parents/carers in the community. Nevertheless, this opportunity would also be suitable to other members of the community or for professionals working with young families.
Speaking a second language or having English a second language, would be advantageous, but this is not essential. However, candidates should generally enjoy talking to others and would have to be confident at approaching parents/carers and initiate conversation with them.
For those interested in pursuing a career in Early Years or Children and/or Family Services, this role would be advantageous as it is designed to develop or enhance the participants’ organisational, team working, networking and other key skills.
We are seeking candidates that are self-motivated and committed, as they would have to attend sessions on their own (with no supervision), and that are able to provide a summary of their visits to the Senior Family Information and Guidance Officer on a regular basis either in person, by email or by phone.
We are seeking for volunteers that can spare approximately 3 hours of their time weekly to talk to other parents and carers when visiting local parent/toddler sessions, baby clinics, coffee mornings, family events or similar within their communities. Ideally, we would expect the suitable candidates to commit to a minimum of 4 months.
Early Years Champions (EYC) or volunteers talk to parents/carers about the free childcare options available and explain how they apply or claim these entitlements. They also raise awareness about the benefits of attending nursery for children aged 2, 3 and 4 and offer support at choosing a suitable local childcare provider.
Each EYC would be assigned a catchment area, which would normally be near their own homes or working locations. The targeted areas are Harrow Road, Church Street, Queens Park, Maida Hill, Queens Park (W9) in the north of Westminster, and Pimlico in the south.
Information and timetables for all the sessions taking place in their assigned locations will be given. However, EYC are invited to do their own research and use their own initiative at finding suitable opportunities to meet other parents (such as at school gates or playgrounds that they may already be visiting with their own children).
This post would be subject to a an application process and successful candidates would be subject to an Enhanced DBS check (at no cost to you)
What we will offer:
- Full training delivered by the Westminster Family Information Service and ongoing support throughout the placement.
- Support at developing a personal development plan and a CV to those interested in progressing to employment.
- Information and signposting to useful services and organisations that can help at finding employment.
- Information and guidance about other learning opportunities and free courses available.
- Travel expenses will be covered.
How to apply:
For more information, contact Carmen Sanchez (Senior Family Information and Guidance Officer) on:
Phone: 07971 625 922
Last Updated 01/03/2023