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 care as we are, and you’re experienced in the field, we’d love to hear from you. We are looking for talented people to join us in making a difference.

About you

You’ll 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.  With your expertise in ELC, including school age childcare and childminding, you’ll share our determination that care services should work well for people – every time.

We’re currently recruiting for vacancies in our inspection teams.  We welcome applications from candidates across Scotland and in particular candidates in Dundee, Dumfries, Borders, Lothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire.

We are different because of our great benefits, our investment in learning and development, and above all, giving you the opportunity to help shape care in Scotland.

What you will be doing as an inspector

Making a difference through working with services delivering care and learning for children. You’ll work with children and families experiencing ELC services, service providers, managers and staff and be confident in supporting and advising on improving outcomes for children.

Click here to watch a short video of what one of our existing inspectors says about their role.

The skills you need

If you think this job is where you can make a real difference to people’s lives, there are a few things you need. Whilst it’s important to have the basics, we will support you in developing your skillset throughout your journey with us.

You’ll be confident about what good-quality care looks like and how to deliver it across early learning & childcare. You’ll be resilient and adaptable, can work on your own initiative or as part of a team, manage competing priorities, build effective networks with partners, and have strong 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.

We need you to have 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).

Salary and benefits

  • Salary:£42,528 - £47,034 plus excellent benefits
  • Network of offices across Scotland, and opportunities to work from home through our hybrid working model
  • Flexible Hours: 140 hours to be worked over a 4-week period
  • Up to 37 days annual leave (after 5 years service) + 6 fixed public holidays
  • Contract: Permanent, two-year secondment or locum.

In addition to our excellent benefits package, we also 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.

This is an exciting time to join the Care Inspectorate, with an opportunity to be at the heart of change as we consider the impact of the ELC expansion.  We’ve recently changed our recruitment process and how we assess new people.  We’re looking to attract inspectors from a broader range of professional backgrounds and now is the perfect time to come and join us.

What next?

You can find more information in the job profile and person specification or click here to find out more on our careers site. You can also contact the HR team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

If you’re ready to apply now, please complete the gateway questions to access the application form. Your application should be submitted no later than 8am on Monday 20 September 2021

We accept applications for inspectors throughout the year and recruit three times a year.  If you successfully complete our selection process, we’ll either confirm you’re the preferred candidate for a suitable vacancy (based on your specialism and location) or you’ll be invited to join our talent pool for future vacancies.

Apply now