COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.

Download our Covid 19 Action Plan for further information and for details of our remote education offer.


SES Kite commenced on 4 September 2020 providing a new provision for post 18 year olds.

CHILD CARE PRACTITIONER (CARE WORKER) with Specialist Education Services

Starting salary £18,562 to £19,698 (depending on experience) plus sleeping in bonus as per rota. Career opportunities within SES create the potential for quick progression to salary range of £20,092 - £24,491.

We are looking for Child Care Practitioners to support our children and join the teams at our inspiring dual registered children’s home and educational settings; Avocet House (near Loddon) and Turnstone House (near Beccles), on a full-time permanent basis. Each home can accommodate up to 8 children, all with social, emotional and mental health complexities. Successful candidates will be working for an organisation with a radical and innovative approach.  We set no limits for the progress of our young people and for the development of our staff.

You don’t need to have any care qualifications to apply for a Child Care Practitioner position with us, you just need to have the desire to improve the lives of our children and to be part of a team that aspires to give them a better chance of having a happy and fulfilling future. You will work to provide a family environment, nurturing and educating children in life skills and their personal, emotional and social development.

You will need to be qualified in English Language or Literacy to a Level 1 standard and hold a full UK driving licence. Staff working in a children’s residential setting will be supported in completing a Level 3 Diploma in residential childcare, ensuring it has been completed within two years of employment.

Many of our care team and senior management have started their career in residential care with us, achieving promotion within our structures.

As our homes provide care and nurture for children 24 hours a day, the position involves working shifts (with occasional paid sleep ins and overtime). The shift pattern is over four-weeks and is based on a 37 hour week. Due to the nature of the role you will be required to have your own transport but parking is always available at both sites.  The two homes are within 3.5 miles of each other, providing great opportunities for shared professional development.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Appointments are dependent on a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

It is always worth a conversation with us if you are unsure whether this work is for you, or to get more information to help you make your decision.  If you are interested please call us on 01508 517000 or go to our contact page to request an application pack.

The closing date for completed applications is Friday 4 June 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

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Closing date: 04 Jun 2021