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Early Year Sufficiency And Market Development Consultant

Job Description

Do you have a passion for Early Years education and a drive to ensure all children have access to high-quality childcare?

We are seeking a Early Years Sufficiency and Market Development Consultant to join a supportive team at Staffordshire County Council.

About the Role:

In this crucial role, you will play a key part in ensuring our local authority fulfils its statutory duty to provide sufficient Early Years and childcare places. You'll be a trusted advisor and support system for existing and prospective childcare providers across various settings, including childminders, schools, academies, and private, voluntary, and independent settings.

Pay: £16.26 per hour

Location: Staffordshire Place + Hybrid Working with majority of work carried out at home

Contract: 9-Month contract + ongoing

What you'll do:

  • Conduct in-depth research to gain a comprehensive understanding of the local Early Years and Childcare market.
  • Collaborate with childcare providers to develop and implement effective business plans and strategies that meet local demand, including potential expansion plans.
  • Offer guidance and support on promotional marketing strategies to help childcare providers attract families and ensure business viability.
  • Assist providers in reviewing their governance models and recommend the most appropriate structure for their operation.
  • Facilitate the twice-yearly Early Years sufficiency audit data collection process.
  • Analyse data at district and ward level to inform the creation of action plans that guarantee sufficient childcare places across the county.
  • Advise existing and new providers on how to ensure their premises meet Ofsted registration requirements and support the delivery of high-quality childcare.

What you need:

  • Hold a degree in Early Years and Childcare or Business (or a relevant equivalent).
  • Possess a strong understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory requirements.
  • Have demonstrable experience providing advice, guidance, and support to others.
  • Excellent communicator with exceptional verbal, listening, and interpersonal skills.
  • Deep understanding of sufficiency and market development planning for creating sustainable childcare provision.
  • Prior experience within the Early Years and childcare sector, particularly the business aspects, with up-to-date knowledge of current trends and regulations.
  • Adept at interpreting and analysing statistical data to draw meaningful insights.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact Kat at Service Care Solutions on 01772208964 or email me at

Working with Service Care Solutions comes with many benefits, including:

  • A specialist consultant within an experience and dedicated recruitment team
  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Payroll service twice a week

Service Care Solutions also offers a £250 referral bonus! So if you know of anyone who would be perfect for this position and they are placed into work, you will receive £250 for the referral once their probationary period has been completed.