Locations: North of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Borders areas as well as a Gaelic speaker based within or willing to relocate to the Glasgow area.

Salary: £42,528 - £47,034 plus excellent benefits

Hours: 140 hours to be worked over a 4-week period

Contract: Permanent, two-year secondment or locum

 

Join us and make a difference – for you, for everyone

It’s our job to ensure care for everyone, everywhere in Scotland is as good as it can be. If you are as passionate about high-quality early learning and childcare as we are, and you’re experienced in the field, we’d love to hear from you.

About the role

We would like to attract applications for current vacancies for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) including childminders and out of school care. We would particularly like to attract applicants from the North of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Borders areas as well as a Gaelic speaker based within or willing to relocate to the Glasgow area. We will also consider applicants from other parts of Scotland.

You’ll likely come from or have experience of being a registered care service manager, for a day care of children service or out of school care service. You may have had a management or leadership role in supporting childminders or other childcare providers. You will have recent experience of supporting the delivery of high-quality care and learning for children and will have significant knowledge of current developments and challenges within the sector.

About you

With your expertise in ELC, you’ll share our determination that care services should work well for people – every time. You’ll be confident about what good-quality care and learning looks like and how to deliver it.

You’ll be resilient and adaptable, have the ability to work on your own initiative or as part of a team, manage competing priorities, build effective networks with partners and have strong verbal communication skills. Equally, you’ll be good at analysing information and evidence and you’ll have excellent writing skills to produce reports that are clear, concise and focused on outcomes.

You’ll work with children and families experiencing ELC services and, service providers, managers and staff and be confident in supporting and advising on improving outcomes for children. You’re likely to have experience of delivering improvement in a service, experience of partnership working, experience of applying good practice guidance and the ability to respond to and manage change.

About us

As a national scrutiny body that supports improvement, we inspect care services and partnerships across Scotland, report on the quality of care people experience, and support improvements in services to facilitate improvements in outcomes for people.

We inspect registered care services and work with other scrutiny bodies to inspect the social care and social work services people, including children and young people and their families.

We champion high quality care whenever we encounter it across the thousands of scrutiny activities we carry out each year, and we work closely with all care providers to support them to improve all the time. We collaborate with other organisations too, supporting improvement across public services. Our work plays a big role in reducing health and social inequalities between people and communities.

We are looking for talented people to join us in making a difference - specialists who understand how to put people’s needs, rights and choices at the heart of delivering social services – and how to lead improvement too.

Why join us?

This is an exciting time to join the Care Inspectorate, with an opportunity to be at the heart of change as we consider the implications and opportunities of the ELC expansion programme.

We strive to be a great employer, knowing that competitive salary, leave and pension schemes are only part of that. We pride ourselves on the values we hold, person-centred; fairness; respect; efficiency and integrity - all supported with a culture of care and kindness. We’re proud to be a progressive, supportive employer, and equality, diversity and inclusion are important to us. 

All new entrants will start on the grade minimum for the role however we have a generous benefits package which is highlighted below.

Flexibility and agility are important to us. That’s why we have a number of policies in place that support flexible working and time off when you need it, such as flexi-time, flexible hours, home working, carers leave and special leave. The inspector role is flexible with 140 hours over a four week period.

Our annual leave allowances are generous, starting at 32 days (in less than 1 years’ service by 1 April) and climbing to 42 days after 5 years of service.

All our employees are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme, which is a defined benefit career average scheme. Employee contributions range between 5.5% and 10% depending on earnings and are matched by employer contributions of 17%.

To apply

We require you to hold a relevant qualification (minimum SCQF Level 9) and be registered or eligible to register with a professional body like the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or General Teaching Council (GTC), etc. You must also be prepared to do a Professional Development Award in Scrutiny and Improvement (Social Services) at SCQF level 10 with appropriate support from the organisation or be in possession of an equivalent award.

  • Before submitting your application, please directly contact the relevant registration body to resolve any queries regarding your registration or identify eligible qualifications to register (SSSC, NMC, GTC, etc). The current qualifications SSSC accept are available here
  • For an informal chat about the role, please contact the HR team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of the scrutiny and assurance team will be in contact with you.
  • If you’re interested, please click on the gateway questions link to apply. Where you meet the minimum criteria, an application will follow.
  • Your completed application form and equal opportunities form should be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 8am on Monday 31 May 2021.

Note for external applicants: The outcome from shortlisting will be communicated in week commencing Monday 21 June 2021.

Note for shortlisted applicants: We will be using a 2 stage process to recruit during this campaign. Stage 1 comprises the completion of a written exercise and is scheduled for a 2 week period week commencing Monday 28 June 2021. Successful applicants will take part in stage 2 which consists of a verbal exercise and interview which will take place over a 2 week period week commencing Monday 19 July 2021. Both stages will be conducted virtually.

Note for successful candidates: Decisions to appoint will be made by Friday 30 July 2021 and it is anticipated that start dates will be September/October 2021.

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