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Residential Child Care Practitioner
  • Employer: Brighter Futures for Children
  • Reference: BFC0427
  • Published: Tue 18/10/2022, 10:25 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 30/11/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £19,650 - £24, 920 pa plus 15% shift allowance
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire

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Residential Child Care Practitioner

Residential Childcare Practitioner

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Brighter Futures for Children

Pinecroft and Cressingham Short Break Units
Full Time, Permanent 


Are you a care worker with a Level 3 residential childcare qualification? Or, do you have experience working with children with learning disabilities and a willingness to undertake this qualification?  


Our committed team provides personalised care across residential and short break services in Reading for young people. 


If you're looking for full time work, have a full manual/automatic driving license and a willingness to drive the homes' vehicles and want a fantastically rewarding career then we want to hear from you. 

About the role 


This is a great opportunity to join our enthusiastic team at our children's homes, both of which have been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. You will be supporting young people to lead as full a life as possible, helping with everyday activities. 


Pinecroft is a residential service offering high quality long-term care for children and young people aged 8-18 years with complex needs and learning disabilities. 


Cressingham is a short break service offering overnight support to children and young people aged 8-18 years with complex needs and learning disabilities. 


The role requires staff to work on a shift pattern rota, which will include a combination of  early (7-3) and late (2-10) shifts, sleep-ins, weekend working and bank holidays/religious celebration days. 


About you 


  • You will hold a QCF in children and young people's workforce or equivalent qualification, or be able to demonstrate a willingness and ability to achieve this. 
  • You will need to have the ability to cope with the physical demands of the role 
  • Experience in working with young people with disabilities in residential child care or in a similar caring environment is preferred. Ongoing development and training will be provided. 
  • We are looking for candidates with a child-centered approach who have an understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities. You should be enthusiastic and creative and be able to work effectively as part of a team, or use your own initiative when required within the policies, procedures and guidelines. You will be expected to have good written and verbal communication skills, basic IT skills and produce clear legible reports. 
  • You will need the ability to provide individualised care to young people and to communicate and foster positive relationships with residents, staff, families and other professionals is essential. 


Benefits of working with us 


We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you'll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment. 

You will receive a competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including: 

  • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • 25 days' holiday plus public holidays (incremental rising to 32 days after 10 years' service)  
  • Discounted Childcare scheme (Kennet Day Nursery at the Civic Office) 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Season ticket loans 
  • A range of local discounts 



For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact: Registered Manager – Helena Baptista on 0118 937 4202, email at or Samantha Whitehouse at 

Closing date – 1st November 2022

Interview date: To be confirmed 


An Enhanced Criminal Records Disclosure will be sought from the successful candidate. 


Brighter Futures for Children is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.