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Education Assistant

The Education Assistant (EA) role is vital in ensuring that our very complex and disabled children can go to school to learn, make friends and have fun. It is hard work and requires commitment, but it is a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy. 

The Role of an Education Assistant

At Chailey Heritage Foundation, the Education Assistant job is very different to that in a mainstream school. You will support the teacher in creating opportunities for the children to learn, each in their own individual way. You will need to be creative and patient, with a keen eye for detail as you will need to write down observations for the teacher. However, as well as supporting teaching, you will be trained by nurses, therapists and senior staff to carry out many other procedures, including:

  • Eating and drinking - learning how different children can be helped to eat and drink safely.
  • Personal care - ensuring that the children's hygiene needs are taken care of safely and with dignity.
  • Powered mobility - learning to use powered wheelchairs and other equipment safely, and how to encourage children to learn to drive.
  • Manual handling - learning to use all sorts of equipment with the children while keeping the children and yourself safe.
  • Safeguarding - you will be trained to understand all aspects of safeguarding, with an emphasis on what this means for children with disabilities.

When you have sufficient experience, you will also be trained in the following:

  • Gastrostomies - learning how to use equipment to be able to feed a child through a tube.
  • Medicines - learning how to ensure that the children you work with receive the correct medicine at the right time.
  • Epilepsy - learning how to safely manage children who have seizures and what to do in an emergency.

For all these duties (and more) you will receive a first-class induction and ongoing training from qualified professionals. You will not be expected to carry them out alone until you have been signed-off as competent. You will be assigned a 'buddy' to mentor you and make sure that you are confident in your new role, and you will have a teacher and senior EA who will set targets for you whilst supporting you. There is a team of nurses available to support and advise staff, manage emergencies and if necessary, call the on-site doctor.

You will, in time, become a very proficient practitioner with many valuable skills. Often our EAs go on to train as nurses, therapists or teachers after having spent several years with us.

Why join us?

  • Competitive rates of pay starting at £10.50 per hour.
  • £600 Golden Hello welcome package. 
  • Pension scheme
  • Comprehensive benefits package including :
    • Gym discounts - savings of up to 25% on gym memberships. You can select from 3200 gyms, health clubs, boot camps and yoga studios.
    • Cycle2Work - savings of at least 32% on a new bike or accessories from Halfords
    • Mobile phone discounts -  average saving of 28% on an EE contract
    • Appreciation awards -  receive Love 2 Shop vouchers at key milestones throughout your career
  • Excellent Working Hours - 32.5 hours per week (9am - 4pm), Monday to Friday, term time only 
  • Bank Roles - once trained, Education Assistants can also register as bank staff to work on our residential bungalows out of school hours, at weekends and in the holidays, as well as at our holiday clubs, which can enhance your basic pay

What Our Staff Say

"I absolutely love every minute of my job. The work everyone does here is fantastic. I feel privileged to be a part of it!"

To view our current vacancies, please click here.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults; as such an enhanced DBS disclosure is required.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its young people and staff.

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