Project Worker – Maximise! Early Years

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood.  We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland.

This is an exciting opportunity be part of the Children 1st Edinburgh Family Wellbeing Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families, building strong and trusting relationships to ensure they are safe, secure and achieving at home, in school and included in the community.

Maximise! Early Years service is a partnership project between Children 1st and Community Health and Advice Initiative (CHAI) and funded by the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. In collaboration with Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and City of Edinburgh Council Early Years team we will target pockets of persistent, entrenched worklessness and poverty by promoting families’ financial resilience, health and wellbeing. The service will offer whole family support – especially with families who have children in their earliest years.

The successful candidate will work with an Advice Worker and Employability Worker from CHAI to provide integrated, community-based advice and support in partnership with 5 Early Years Centres in North Edinburgh.

As a positive link between educational establishments and children and families in the community, children’s engagement, attainment and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything you do. You will be responsible for delivering responses to a wide range of needs including social, emotional and behavioural issues, school attendance, additional support needs, parental mental health, poor family relationships, poverty and housing issues or social isolation.

We are looking for someone who recognises the importance of early years and child development with experience of delivering play, attachment and nurture-based approached. You will be relational in your practice, enabling children, young people and families to have their voices heard.  You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the poverty and deprivation and the ability to use restorative and systemic group and community-based approaches to get alongside children, young people and families.  The successful candidate will be required to work in close partnership with Early Years partners to support embedded learning and evaluation.

If you have experience of working with children and their families and have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Community Work, Social Work, Teaching, Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you.

Further Information

This post is 35 hours per week. This post is funded until 31st July 2022.


Hours to be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the service and the school (mornings, evenings and occasional weekends will be required) 


Job title: Project Worker – Maximise! Early Years

Reference number: CFS20/38

Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: 09/07/2020 12:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that the interviews will take place between Wednesday 22 July & Friday 24 July

Salary: Starting at £26,977 with progression to £31,576, pro rata for part time

To apply, please download and complete the attached 3 forms below (A, B and C) and email completed forms to:

Alternately, if you are unable to email us, postal applications may be sent to Human Resources, Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT.

Please also refer to the ‘Job Description and Person Specification’, 'Additional Role Specific Information sheet' and ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further information as per relevant documents attached below.

Your interest and application to work at Children 1st is appreciated.

For further information or enquiries, please email:

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief, disability, who reflect our values.