The Pebbles Project seeks to employ an Inclusive and Specialised Education Support to be based in Stellenbosch.
Pebbles Project reserves the right to not fill this position and EE candidates may be given preference.
If you have not been invited for an interview within 8 weeks of submission, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Closing date – 30 November 2023.
|Job title||Inclusive and Specialised Education Support|
|Department||Special Education Needs|
|Position reports to||First Thousand Day (FTD) Manager|
|Requirements||● Bachelor’s qualification in Occupational Therapy or Educational Psychology or Speech and Language Therapist|
● Assessment qualification in, Infant and Child Development, Administration, Schooling, and Interpretation of Clinical Assessments
● Bachelors in Education with formal training in Infant and Child Development standardized assessment
● Registered with HPCSA
● Computer literate
● Experience in paediatrics and community work
● Minimum of 3 years’ experience
● Valid driver’s license and own reliable vehicle
● Good written and spoken English and Afrikaans
● Good interpersonal skills
● Must produce a clear criminal certificate for commencement of employment
|Benefits||● NPO-related salary|
● Annual bonus (funding dependent and trustee approval)
● Career development opportunities
● Organisation pension plan
● Additional 12 paid holiday leave days above statutory leave
● Birthday leave
● Access to quality Primary Healthcare and Dental services
● Paid Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave
● Comprehensive induction programme
Long service rewards
Critical performance areas
● COORDINATION OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS INITIATIVE
● ONSITE AND MONTHLY TRAINING
● MONITORING AND EVALUATION
|Purpose of Position|
|This initiative enables multi-disciplinary interventions for children from birth to 18 years who present with developmental and learning difficulties. The incumbent is required to provide children who present with difficulties in development and learning with timeous, appropriate and continuous support, providing structured and appropriate interventions to children experiencing aforementioned difficulties.|
COORDINATION OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS INITIATIVE
- To coordinate the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Initiatives for all the children in the Early Care and Education Programme, and the School.
- To coordinate and facilitate multi-disciplinary interventions for learners who present with learning difficulties.
- To conduct parent or primary caregiver induction interviews at induction.
- To examine and prioritise referrals related to development and learning.
- To conduct assessments and develop treatment plans for children and monitor treatment and adapt accordingly.
- To treat children experiencing difficulty in development and learning.
- To plan and execute developmental clinics in the various regions.
- To plan with the Mobile Resource Centre Coordinator regarding special educational needs cases and the use of resources to provide intervention in the classroom or at home.
- To participate in multi-disciplinary case conferences when required.
- To train parents or primary caregivers on therapeutic strategies to be implemented at home to support the development or learning of their child.
- To train and guide internal and external staff on appropriate inclusive educational methods.
- To identify and employ external support services for psychometric testing, (when required) and follow up on placements (Psychometric testing)
- To ensure all programme managers are aware of the SEN learners and ensure the successful handover between programmes
- To hand over cases to the EAP, (where applicable,) for work placements and ensure a care path is in place.
- To discharge cases who no longer need support.
- To plan with the Mobile Resource and Early Learning Centre regarding specific interventions for SEN cases.
- To employ the services of external support services to provide specialised intervention treatments, as needed.
- To provide SEN support in all regions.
ONSITE AND MONTHLY TRAINING
- To present at the monthly training a range of SEN topics, when requested by the ECEP and SEP managers.
- To develop training material and train the internal/external staff on special educational needs.
- To develop intervention strategies and provide one-on-one training with the educators and facilitators, when required.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
- To assist with the development and implementation of effective monitoring and evaluation.
- To report any problems with the SEP facilitators to the ECEP and SEP Support Teachers.
- To report any programme related challenges to the ECEP and SEP Programme managers.
- To maintain case records and to ensure data is timeously captured on the management systems.
- To provide input for the Pebbles Project newsletters relating to activities as required.
- To complete all other reports as requested by the SEP Programme Manager.
- To contribute to monthly farm reports.
- To assist with any additional duties, as requested by the SEP Programme Manager or Senior Management.
- To assist volunteers who have been placed in the facilities to support children with learning barriers by providing training for these volunteers.
- To do report writing regarding special needs children and their achievements and progress, to be submitted to the SEN Manager, Area Manager or COO on a monthly basis.
- To contribute to trustees and donors reports as requested.
- To do all tasks according to the agreed targets regarding time, quantity and quality.
- To ensure that all responsibilities and instructions are understood and clear up any misunderstandings before the task commences.
- To co-operate and help colleagues in their duties where necessary and possible.
- To always be willing to follow a reasonable instruction as a contribution to the productivity of Pebbles Project.
Policy Information The Pebbles Project Trust has zero tolerance of child abuse. Protecting babies, children and young people from abuse and neglect is integral to the provision of services we deliver to these children and their families. It is a core responsibility for all Pebbles Project staff.