Job Details

Role:       Children’s Bank Care Worker

Salary:    £9.52 per hour plus £45 per sleep in

Hours:    Bank (Flexible)

Location: Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Essential: The willingness to work towards a funded Level 4 Apprenticeship for Children Young People and Families Practitioner​ and the Right to Work in the UK

Everyone deserves an incredible future!

Become a Children’s Bank Care Worker with Acorn Education and Care and start working towards yours.

The Bartons is an Ofsted ‘Good’ registered independent children’s home offering residential care for children & young people aged 11-16 years with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. These 8 bedded homes is set in a rural location near Chipping Norton and offers a holistic model of care and education for the residents, which is designed to provide an enriching and positive environment.  The home is supported by a specialist independent Ofsted registered school that provides our residents a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum to support their personal and academic needs. 

This home is based in Kidlington, and is within commuting distance from Banbury, Charlbury, Kingham, Oxford, Bicester, Aylesbury and other surrounding towns and villages.

The opportunity

This is a role with an exciting career and development plan, structured to ensure our staff are trained, supported, and continually developed. We want to give you the best possible toolkit, to deliver outstanding care and support to our Children and young people and help them achieve incredible outcomes.

There will be a thorough induction, fully expensed training courses, the opportunity to be enrolled on an accredited diploma and pairing with a buddy, which together will help you expand your knowledge, get qualifications, and prepare to become a Qualified Care Worker. It is an incredible opportunity to launch your career and see it flourish.

The Role

Acorn Education and Care work directly with vulnerable children with Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and complex needs. You will be patient and compassionate and, most of all, dependable – working hard to forge a much-needed relationship of trust with those in your care.

This will involve learning about the young person’s interests as well as their dislikes and their triggers, using that connection as a launchpad for a rewarding relationship. A passion for this kind of relationship-building is essential.

You will be responsible for the wellbeing of the children or young people in your care. This will include chaperoning the children to appointments and activities, completing relevant paperwork, undertaking household tasks, and where appropriate administering medication.

Working as part of an incredible team of committed care workers, you will co-operate and share knowledge and learning to the benefit of great care. Excellent communication skills are essential, both in terms of teamwork and – most importantly – as you will be in close contact with the children you care for.

Kindness is key. In this role, a warm smile can make a massive difference.

Who are we are looking for?

You don’t need any experience to join our team. If you come from hospitality, the army, outdoor activity centres or an office-based job but are eager to help vulnerable children and young people to live happy, fulfilling lives, this is the role for you.

We know that the children and young people in our care can be challenging, and we are looking for Care Workers who are up for that challenge. You will be patient and resilient, and able to recognise the reward in transforming a young person’s life. You will take care of everyday needs, using a calm, reliable approach that builds trust and confidence.

You will be friendly, approachable and kind in your dealings with the children and young people. You will be committed to giving them the space and opportunity to thrive, playing your part in creating a nurturing environment in which they can fulfil their potential.

You will play a key role in the smooth-running of the site, and you will have a good grasp of safety and hygiene, and a conscientious dedication to the young people’s wellbeing. This is a role in which attention to detail really counts – and one that touches the real lives of people every day

Why join Acorn Education and Care?

  • We are a values-driven organisation that puts people first
  • We provide continuous professional development to take your career further
  • Funded accredited courses to develop your career
  • Discounted Gym membership and shopping vouchers
  • We build our bonds through a great social events calendar
  • Our Your Wellbeing Matters initiative provides total support
  • Our Employees Rewards Hub offers great rewards such as discount vouchers
  • £9.52 plus £45 per sleep in
  • Further earning potential through sleep ins and overtime

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.

Care assistant/ Support worker/ Children’s care worker/ Children development /Working with children/ SEMH practitioner/ Career/ Trainee