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Early Years Practitioner

Professional Services

Directorate of People and Culture

Salary:  £22,870 to £23,370 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 18 July 2024
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  HR0169283

What you will be doing:

  • Support with the delivery of the Early Years Statutory Framework through an inclusive curriculum in line with our nursery values of respect, innovation, trust and excellence.
  • Hold responsibility for a key group of children; monitoring, supporting and assessing their individual development through professional knowledge, assessment and observational skills in collaboration with parents/carers, maintaining positive relationships.
  • Promote equality and be aware of diversity ensuring that every child and their family experiences a supportive and caring ethos, being committed to and proud of working in an environment which promotes inclusion.
  • Deliver a stimulating and attractive environment through a diverse range of resources, equipment, activities, and displays which encourage the children to be independent, self-motivated, and respectful with an eagerness to learn.
  • Under the direction of the management team, develop personal and professional skills that support the children’s well-being, learning and development, having full regard to their needs.

Qualifications/ experience:

  • Level 3 Full & Relevant qualification in Early Years in line with the following guidance document (essential)
  • English - Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent (essential)
  • Relevant pre or post qualifying experience in a nursery environment (e.g.) private nursery, maintained nursery school or other similar under 5’s setting (essential)
  • Knowledge of the Early Years Statutory Framework and Educational Programmes (essential)
  • Safeguarding knowledge – signs, symptoms and reporting procedures (essential)
  • Full (12-hours) Paediatric First Aid (desirable)

We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your experience does not align perfectly with everything in the job description or advert, we encourage you to arrange an informal conversation with the hiring manager. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

In Return we Offer:

  • 25 days holiday (Grade 8) and 13 statutory and customary days (taken at Easter and Christmas).
  • Family-friendly policies
  • Great campus facilities including:
  • Unique fitness centre
  • Eye clinic
  • Physiotherapy & sports rehabilitation,
  • Counselling & mental health services
  • On site nursery
  • Food & drink outlets
  • Generous employer contribution pension schemes - Universities Superannuation Scheme
  • Generous benefit schemes, including car leasing, cycle to work, holiday purchase, home & technology scheme and shopping discounts

Find more information about the many other benefits, including salary sacrifice schemes and campus nursery.

Additional Information:

If you would like to find out more or are interested in applying, please message, email or call Rochelle Smith, Nursery Manager or Emma Marwood, Assistant Nursery Manager on 01274 234866, we would love to hear from you.

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