Barnardos: Programme Assistant (Part-Time) – Dun Laoghaire


Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:
Barnardos was established in 1962. We work with vulnerable children and their families and campaign for the rights of all children.

Programme Assistant – Dun Laoghaire

Contract Type: Part-time (18 hrs) & Fixed term contract for 24 weeks
Salary: €11,280 - €13,926 DOE (this is the pro rata salary)

What does the Tivoli Early Years centre do?

The project seeks to improve child developmental outcomes for children aged birth to 5 years and to maximise the capacity of their families/carers to meet children’s needs by offering an Early Intervention Service with targeted support for individual children and a bundle of integrated family support services for their families . Specific attention is given to those families where child protection or welfare concerns exist , working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families specifically focussing on parenting skills and child/parent relationships in order to reduce subsequent difficulties for children.

Our overall aim is :

  • To increase children’s emotional wellbeing
  • To improve children’s learning and development

We do this by providing a range of Hardiker level and 2 and 3 interventions in response to the individual assessed needs of children and their families referred to Barnardos .Services include Infant and Toddler and Preschool programmes for children based on the High Scope and Tus Maith curriculum, Individual work with children, Individual home based parenting work ( Partnership with Parents), Parent/Child work, Practical Family Support, advice information and advocacy , and group work with parents including a Parents Breakfast.

Tivoli is a busy centre with children and their parents/carers attending our Early Years and Preschool services on a daily basis and additional families attending the family support services.
We work to provide a response which involves interagency collaboration to maximise outcomes for families.

Who do we work with?

Referrals are accepted from the Tusla, HSE, schools, and other agencies and individuals as appropriate, including other Barnardos services and parents/carers themselves.
All referrals will be responded to and following Barnardos assessment, services will be offered in line with presenting needs, criteria and service capacity.

Who are we looking for?


  • Experience of working with children for a minimum of 6 months is essential.
    Relevant voluntary work may be considered.


  • Recognised qualification (min FETAC Level 5 on the QQI) that is approved under the Early Years (Preschool) Regulations.

Personal Attributes

  • Commitment to provide a quality service to children.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Awareness of confidentiality and the ability to deal with sensitive issues including child protection concerns.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and adaptability are essential attributes in this role.

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Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 27th January 2021

Interviews: 2nd February 2021 preferably face to face, if possible in Loughlinstown

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Jan, 2021
Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Expiry Date
27th Jan, 2021