Acorn Park is an independent, specialist day and residential school that caters for children and young people aged 6 – 19 years who have communication and learning challenges associated with Autism. We are a fully integrated community made up of a range of professionals from different backgrounds employed to meet the diverse needs of the young people and families that we support.

Within the school and care home we have 3 distinct programmes for the children that we support, The Grandin, Hulvers and The Oak Tree Centre. Each one of these programmes is underpinned by the understanding that children on the Autism Spectrum are more likely to have happy and fulfilling lives and if we support the development of their autonomy and wellbeing by giving them effective ways to communicate and building their capacity to cope with the demands and challenges of their lives. Our outstanding group of teachers, care staff, learning support assistants, therapists and psychology staff work together as an integrated team to ensure that each and every child is at the heart of everything  we do.

We recognise that for some children to achieve their potential, parents and professionals have to spend a little more time and energy putting together a support package that is going to be meaningful and effective.   For children and young people whose needs are more complex we have created bespoke provisions which aim to build a personal curriculums to develop a child’s communication, emotional regulation, independent living skills and access to the community.

Due to continued growth we have a number of different opportunities available to work within this, challenging, yet highly rewarding setting

We have vacancies ranging from Support Workers, Senior Support Workers, and Bank Workers offering fantastic training & development opportunities and career pathways to support progression. In return we offer an excellent starting and benefits include:

25 days holiday per annum
Flexible shift patterns
Training and development
Career progression
Free meals on shift
On-site accommodation available
Company sick pay

You will join us in our mission to provide an environment that ensures and promotes the well-being of each individual in a safe and secure setting in which they can live, work and develop their potential.

Our homes are open 24 / 7 and that means we have a number of flexible shift patterns available. These include days, evenings (including sleep ins) and weekends so there is something for you!

It would be great if you had experience in this environment and even better if you have gained the QCF/NVQ 3 for Children and Young People qualification or equivalent. Alternatively, if you feel this is the right career for you, then we would be willing to support and invest in you with a specific training and development plan.

Public transport is limited in this rural location, however for a small charge we have fantastic on-site accommodation available.

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Acorn Park is committed to safer recruitment and all candidates will have to complete an enhanced DBS check prior to appointment and undertake regular safeguarding training.