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Residential Child Care Practitioner - Waking Night
  • Employer: Brighter Futures for Children
  • Reference: BFC0241
  • Published: Tue 07/09/2021, 18:35 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 26/09/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 28.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £17,107 – £21,694 per annum pro rata (£22,209 - £25,010 pa FTE) including 15% shift allowance
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Cressingham Short Break Unit, Berkshire

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Residential Child Care Practitioner - Waking Night

Brighter Futures for Children

Part time, 28.5 hours a week (3 nights)

Permanent post

About us

If you live here, work here or just visit, you will already know Reading is a great place and at Brighter Futures for Children we’re dedicated to making it even better. Key to this is ensuring our workforce is equipped for the challenge – this is where you come in.

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. Young people can present behaviours that challenge or may require manual handling support

About the role

The staff team support the young people to enable them to lead as full a life as possible. Our aim is to empower young people to achieve and develop skills that will give them a solid foundation to succeed. We further aim to promote social inclusion to access everyday opportunities and community participation.

About you

We are looking for an experienced waking night candidate with a child centred approach and an understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities you are empathic, enthusiastic, and work well both individually and within the team.


This is an exciting time to join our experienced and skilled team, as we are looking to develop our service. You will participate in the waking night rota which requires some flexibility and will include weekend working and bank holidays. You will be working in our Residential service 


You will be expected to have good written and verbal communication skills, be able to communicate clearly with residents and staff.  


The ability to read and write clear legible reports is essential and basic IT skills are desirable.


You will require a QCF Level 3 in Residential Child care or equivalent NVQ qualification or a willingness to undertake this qualification. You will have an ability to manage people and problems tactfully, apply initiative in managing tasks and use observation and reporting skills in Health and Safety and practice issues.

Our offer

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.


A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 24 days holiday plus public holidays (rising to 32 after service)
  • Discounted Childcare scheme (onsite nursery)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loans
  • A range of local discounts


Please note: This role requires a female employee.

For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact: Helena Baptista, Registered Manager on 01189374202 or email at

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.

Closing date – 26th September 2021