(Level 3, level 2, unqualified and apprentices)
The five main areas of this role, detailed below, are:
1. To provide outstanding care and learning for children within the nursery
2. To use your knowledge of child development to assess and plan for children’s progress
3. To make strong attachments with the children in your care to keep them safe, understand them and meet their needs
4. To form good relationships with parents and communicate well
5. To keep meticulous records detailing planning, evidence of progress and attainment
- To provide outstanding standard of care and learning, supporting the personal, social and emotional development for children aged from 0 months to 4 years of age according to their individual needs
- To have an excellent understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Early Years outcomes in order to be able to assess children accurately and plan exciting learning to help children make rapid progress
- To ensure children have exciting learning opportunities and challenging interactions
- To have excellent interpersonal skills and confidence in order to communicate effectively with parents
- To work flexibly as part of a team
- To be committed to self-reflection, improvement and training
Work with Children
Observe and plan for children
Liaise with parents
Responsible To: Director, Manager, Deputy Manager dependent on job role
- Safeguard all children within the nursery through adhering to and implementing the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedure.
- Assess children’s learning through observation and liaison with parents using Early Years Outcomes/ Development Matters
- Plan exciting learning opportunities based on children’s assessments and next steps implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Create and maintain a safe and positive learning environment in partnership with the children.
- To keep accurate records of achievement on your key children to inform planning and to share with parents.
- Support children’s learning based upon their interests and individual learning styles.
- Work in partnership with parents to ensure children’s needs are met.
- Support all members of staff and engage in a good staff team and professional relationship.
- Liaise with and support parents and other family members.
- To attend all out of working hours activities, e.g. two training days a year, monthly staff meetings, parents events and open days.
- To undergo continuous professional development, through the attendance of in-house and external training, including supervision and appraisals.
- To be flexible within working practices of nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the Nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment etc.
- Work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the policies and procedures of the nursery are adhered to and implemented.
- Maintain a healthy and safe environment at all times indoors, outdoors and including trips/visits.
- Recording accidents/incidents on the relevant form; ensuring the manager has signed the report before the parent receives it.
- Ensure each child or is collected by someone known to nursery following policy
- To respect the confidentiality of information received.
- To ensure the consistent provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures, religious backgrounds and stages of development.
- Give guidance and support to others and report any practice that is not good or outstanding.
- Liaise with the Local Authority and others professionals associated with the Nursery.
- To follow the correct medication procedure
- To understand and deliver outstanding practice
Job Type and hours:
Full-time/ part time positions available
£8.51 per hour (Level 3) £8.21 per hour (Level 2 dependent on age), £3.90 per hour (Apprentices) These rates are negotiable depending on experience and additional responsibility.
- Level 3 – 2 years’ experience required
- Level 2 – 2 years’ experience preferable
- Unqualified and apprentices – experience with children in a variety of contexts required
- Level 3 – Maths and English GCSE, Level 3 qualification as a minimum, good written communication essential
- Level 2 – Level 2 qualification as a minimum, Maths and English GCSE preferable, good written communication essential
- Unqualified and apprentices – Maths and English GCSE preferable, good written communication essential
- Excellent use of English is essential
Please note: This is a general job description for a nursery practitioner and specific/ additional duties are assigned to individual roles including Deputy manager, Keyworker duties, SENCO, safeguarding lead, curriculum leads and marketing officer.