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Early Years Music and Story Mentor x5 (freelance role)

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Job title: Early Years Music and Story Mentor

Contract type: Fixed term freelance contract

Salary: Total fee payable – £2,700

Closing date: Friday 4 June 2021 at 12 noon

Job summary

We are recruiting five experienced mentors in the Early Years music and stories field to help support practitioners working with families with young children and babies who have been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Key Activities of the Role

You will mentor up to 20 practitioners within our existing Bookbug for the Home (BBFH) network of practitioners. Through this mentoring relationship you will support practitioners to enrich and extend their existing skills and training. You will empower them to adapt to the current situation and continue to engage families remotely, online, or within restrictions by:

Who Are You?

Though not essential, experience of working with English as an Additional Language, children with additional support needs or speaking another community language in addition to English, would be an asset.

The Project

Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years team have been awarded funds from Creative Scotland’s(this will open in a new window) Youth Arts Targeted Fund(this will open in a new window) . This fund not only gives young people across Scotland access to high quality music and arts opportunities, it also supports and provides job opportunities to freelance musicians and youth arts practitioners during this incredibly difficult time.

This particular strand of the project will help to support vulnerable families with babies and young children who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to engage with 1 to 1 music and arts activities via the Bookbug for the Home network. This will involve up to five mentors, mentoring up to 100 experienced Bookbug for the Home practitioners to ensure that the families they support receive high quality arts experiences. Bookbug for the Home trained practitioners will be up-skilled and supported to adapt their 1 to 1 sessions with families to deliver their activities safely within the context of online and socially distanced models.

Other information

Introduction to the Bookbug programme

The Bookbug programme is developed and managed by the Early Years team at Scottish Book Trust, a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. The Bookbug programme is delivered in partnership with organisations and Early Years professionals across every local authority in Scotland.Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we deliver universal and targeted programmes to help families and carers with children under five to share books, songs and rhymes with their babies and young children.You can read more about Bookbug(this will open in a new window) on our website.


We expect the majority of this work to be carried out remotely using Zoom or Microsoft Teams with the possibility of some face-to-face meetings to be conducted at Scottish Book Trust Offices in Edinburgh, if COVID-19 restrictions allow.

Timeline & Budget

This is a 12 month fixed term project with a total fee of £2,700.

It involves 18 days of paid work across a 12 month period (pro rata for hours worked at a rate of £150 per day).

Your time will include: induction, training, meetings, 10 days’ worth of mentoring (3 x 1 hour weekly mentoring sessions for each of the 20 Bookbug for the Home practitioners), and evaluation activities.

Equipment and travel

Mentors will be required to have their own PC, laptop or tablet computer and a reliable WiFi connection to conduct project meetings and carry out mentoring sessions using Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

If travel is required to meet with project team members from Scottish Book Trust, reasonable costs will be covered.