More than just a place to work, Early Years offers a creative and engaging atmosphere that will allow staff to grow and develop. Early Years provides experienced professionals the opportunity to do what they love alongside the best and the brightest in their fields.
Early Years is committed to supporting all staff to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. These are some of the benefits we offer. Click on the links below to view the benefits of working for us.
Depending on grade or role, staff receive 23 or 25 days annual leave per annum plus 12 statutory holidays. After five years service, entitlements increase by two or five extra days depending on grade or role.
In partnership with Employers for Childcare, Early Years offers a Childcare Voucher Scheme. The Childcare Voucher scheme provides savings for staff, making it a cost effective way for a working parent to pay for childcare provision.
Working parents can benefit from significant tax and National Insurance savings of up to £1,195 a year using Childcare Vouchers, and up to double the amount if both parents are part of a Childcare Vouchers scheme.
Pension Scheme and Death in Service
Early Years operates an attractive Group Personal Pension Scheme which is accessible by all Early Years staff. Staff have access to financial advice and support from an independent financial advisor.Those employees who join the pension scheme will also qualify for the death in service benefit.
Early Years recognises that staff may need help and support with a variety of issues throughout their working lives and, as part of this commitment to staff, Early Years provides an independent professional confidential counselling service which all staff can use.
Corporate Health Cash Plan
Early Years provides a Corporate Health Cash Plan where the employee can claim cash towards her/his everyday health care costs such as dental check-ups and treatment, eyesight tests and contact lenses, therapy treatments such as physiotherapy and chiropody, and much more. The scheme also provides a Network Benefits which allow employees to access a wide range of discounts and special offers to help their salary go a little bit further.
Qualifying staff are entitled to make an application to work flexibly under the flexible working policy if they have completed six months' service and are the eligible carer of a child or adult.
Sickness and Absence
Early Years provides a sick pay scheme, including full pay and half pay for a period, subject to qualifying conditions.
Flexi and Time Off In Lieu (TOIL)
Early Years is committed to ensuring that staff are recognised for the hours that they work, and that an individual’s working hours are effectively managed to allow an appropriate work-life balance. Flexi-time exists to provide staff with some flexibility in their working hours, whilst ensuring that the organisation has sufficient staff to meet peak work periods.
On occasions, the hours worked by staff may exceed their contracted hours. This may be due to evening meetings, weekend work, or there may be an occasional unplanned yet urgent need to extend the working day which qualifies as TOIL.
All staff who qualify for maternity leave are entitled to 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks additional maternity leave. Staff with at least 26 weeks continuous service with the organisation by the 15th week before the week in which the baby is due are entitled to 39 weeks maternity pay. 18 weeks are based on occupational maternity pay and 21 weeks are at the statutory maternity pay rate.
Paternity leave is available to qualifying staff of both sexes on the birth or adoption of a child. There are two types of paternity leave – ordinary paternity leave gives qualifying staff the right to take one or two consecutive weeks leave at or around the time of the birth/placement, whilst additional paternity leave gives qualifying staff the right to take between 2 and 26 weeks leave to care for the baby or child.
The law recognises that working parents sometimes wish to take time off to care for their children. Parental leave gives qualifying staff the right to take up to 13 weeks unpaid leave in respect of each child, and up to 18 weeks unpaid parental leave in respect of a child who is entitled to Disability Living Allowance.
Time off for Dependants Leave
Qualifying staff can request a reasonable amount of unpaid time off to deal with an emergency involving a dependant. What is reasonable will depend on the circumstances. In most cases a day or less should be sufficient. A ‘dependant’ is generally the staff member’s spouse or partner, child or parent.
Learning and Development
Early Years encourages learning and development through everyday experience in the workplace – this includes on-the-job experience, coaching and mentoring, project working and work shadowing.
All staff receive a corporate induction and role specific induction to enable them to grow into their specific role and department. A probation period is in place to support new staff.
Staff are supported throughout their career through ongoing 1-2-1 meetings and annual performance reviews with their Line Manager. As part of this process there is an ongoing focus and review of the staff training and development needs in their role.
All staff work as an individual within a team with a clear business plan that sets out the team's contribution to the organisation. Departments/individuals within the organisation have Balanced Scorecards. These outline the objectives for the year ahead and are regularly updated at 1-2-1 support meetings with line managers.
Early Years has two staff meetings within the year. These meetings are an opportunity for staff to reflect on the work of the past six months. Siobhán Fitzpatrick, the Chief Executive Officer, leads the day and updates staff on this work. Staff from different departments make presentations on work they have been involved in.
The Chief Executive Officer also presents staff awards at the staff days. These awards go to an individual and a team for going that 'extra mile' in their work, and are generally nominated by other colleagues.