Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd

Background
Hungry Caterpillars opened in January 1999 in answer to Olivia Foley, the founders, own childcare needs and the inability to find high-quality child care in the local area. Developing an excellent local reputation the group has since expanded across West London into Ealing, Hillingdon, Buckinghamshire & Harrow. Hungry Caterpillars remains a family-run business that responds and develops services to meet the needs of families that it serves.

Working With You
We realise that it is vital that we earn the trust and confidence of you, the parent, and that you are happy with what we do and how we do it. Working together we can produce happy, confident children who thrive and have every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Why Choose Us?
Your child is the most important person in the world to you. They deserve to be encouraged, nurtured, supported and loved every step of the way. At Hungry Caterpillars we constantly ask ourselves “would we want this for our own children or family members?” It’s a great question that guides our practitioners, managers and senior team and ensures your child is at the centre of all that we do.

Our Vision
At Hungry Caterpillars we believe that allowing children access to good quality pre-school education enhances their future life chances. It is a belief that is backed up by research and as such we genuinely want our nurseries to be the best and we want your child’s nursery experience to be a positive, meaningful and above all fun. In addition, we recognise that each child is an individual with their own specific needs. Our staff tailor each child’s care and learning plan to their individual requirements and create an environment that celebrates all that makes them a special individual.

Our Staff Team
We carefully recruit all of our staff to ensure they have the right qualifications and qualities to be a Hungry Caterpillar team member. Rigorous vetting procedures, follow up on references and a full police check ensures that all staff are completely fit for this important role. In addition, we offer all of our team on-going training, a great range of benefits, in-house and industry recognition and the opportunity to progress within the company. Our philosophy is happy staff make a happy nursery.

06 Sep, 2018
Job title:               Nursery Practitioner Responsible to:        Room Leader/Nursery Manager Responsible for:      Key children Purpose of the job: To work as a key person and as part of the team under the direction of the manager. To provide safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting. Main duties To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance. To help to set up the playroom(s) for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session. To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met. Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members. To advise the Manager of any concerns e.g. over children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary. To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences. To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures. To support meal times within the setting. To actively participate at team meetings, supervisor meetings and appraisal meetings. To attend training courses as required and to take responsibility for your development. To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is required as part of the job. To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s operational policies and procedures, e.g. health and safety, fire precautions, dropping off and collection of children, food safety, cleanliness of the setting etc. To ensure that adequate records are kept and updated regularly. Look upon the nursery as a ‘whole’. Be flexible within your working practises and be constantly aware of the changing needs of the children and nursery. To promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers. To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Manager, in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives.   It is the nature of working in a nursery that tasks and responsibilities are on occasion unpredictable and varied, so to retain flexibility this job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the Nursery Manager/Operations Manager.   Person specification Essential criteria Willingness to learn. Level 2 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Previous experience of working with young children. Sound knowledge of child development for children from birth to five years. Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Knowledge of child protection procedures. Good communication skills. An understanding of play based approaches to children’s learning and development. Commitment to equal opportunities. Commitment to working effectively with young children and families. Friendly and flexible approach at work which facilitates the development of effective relationships.   Desirable criteria Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Willingness to undertake further training. Current First Aid at Work qualification. Current Food Hygiene certificate.  Terms and conditions Hours:           40 per week Salary range: Dependant on qualification and experiences   This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a Disclosure Barring Scheme check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.
Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd Hanwell, London, UK Full time
06 Sep, 2018
Job title:               Nursery Practitioner Responsible to:        Room Leader/Nursery Manager Responsible for:      Key children Purpose of the job: To work as a key person and as part of the team under the direction of the manager. To provide safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting. Main duties To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance. To help to set up the playroom(s) for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session. To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met. Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members. To advise the Manager of any concerns e.g. over children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary. To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences. To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures. To support meal times within the setting. To actively participate at team meetings, supervisor meetings and appraisal meetings. To attend training courses as required and to take responsibility for your development. To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is required as part of the job. To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s operational policies and procedures, e.g. health and safety, fire precautions, dropping off and collection of children, food safety, cleanliness of the setting etc. To ensure that adequate records are kept and updated regularly. Look upon the nursery as a ‘whole’. Be flexible within your working practises and be constantly aware of the changing needs of the children and nursery. To promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers. To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Manager, in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives.   It is the nature of working in a nursery that tasks and responsibilities are on occasion unpredictable and varied, so to retain flexibility this job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the Nursery Manager/Operations Manager.   Person specification Essential criteria Willingness to learn. Level 2 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Previous experience of working with young children. Sound knowledge of child development for children from birth to five years. Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Knowledge of child protection procedures. Good communication skills. An understanding of play based approaches to children’s learning and development. Commitment to equal opportunities. Commitment to working effectively with young children and families. Friendly and flexible approach at work which facilitates the development of effective relationships.   Desirable criteria Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Willingness to undertake further training. Current First Aid at Work qualification. Current Food Hygiene certificate.  Terms and conditions Hours:           40 per week Salary range: Dependant on qualification and experiences This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a Disclosure Barring Scheme check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.
Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd Hanwell, London, UK Full time
06 Sep, 2018
Nursery Practitioners required for both our settings in the Acton area.  To work as a key person and as part of the team under the direction of the manager. To provide safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting. To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance. To help to set up the playroom(s) for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session. To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met. Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members. To advise the Manager of any concerns e.g. over children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary. To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences. To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures. To support meal times within the setting. To actively participate at team meetings, supervisor meetings and appraisal meetings. To attend training courses as required and to take responsibility for your development. To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is required as part of the job. To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s operational policies and procedures, e.g. health and safety, fire precautions, dropping off and collection of children, food safety, cleanliness of the setting etc. 1 To ensure that adequate records are kept and updated regularly. Look upon the nursery as a ‘whole’. Be flexible within your working practises and be constantly aware of the changing needs of the children and nursery. To promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers. To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Manager, in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives. It is the nature of working in a nursery that tasks and responsibilities are on occasion unpredictable and varied, so to retain flexibility this job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the Nursery Manager/Operations Manager. Person specification Essential criteria Willingness to learn. Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Previous experience of working with young children. Sound knowledge of child development for children from birth to five years. Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Knowledge of child protection procedures. Good communication skills. An understanding of play based approaches to children’s learning and development. Commitment to equal opportunities. Commitment to working effectively with young children and families. Friendly and flexible approach at work which facilitates the development of effective relationships. Desirable criteria Level 4 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Willingness to undertake further training. Current First Aid at Work qualification. Current Food Hygiene certificate. 2 Terms and conditions Hours: 40 per week Salary range: Dependant on qualification and experiences This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a Disclosure Barring Scheme check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.
Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd Acton, London, UK Full time
06 Sep, 2018
Job title:        Nursery Manager Responsible to:    Director of Childcare & Operations/Directors Responsible for:   Nursery staff Purpose of the job: To provide safe, high quality education and care for young children. To fulfil legal and statutory requirements. To lead and manage staff on a day-to-day basis. To contribute to and implement policies. To ensure that all statutory, legal and setting obligations are followed and met. Main duties To take responsibility for drawing up long-term, medium-term curriculum plans which take in to account the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance, and to monitor the effectiveness of the setting’s curriculum. This may include working with other external professionals. To be responsible for providing a high quality of education and learning, ensuring that staff are properly deployed and offer appropriate stimulation and support to the children attending the setting. To take responsibility for ensuring that performance management systems are in place and followed e.g. induction, probation, supervision, team meetings, objective setting etc. To draw up and to supervise the daily programme of activities and events. To be responsible for implementing systems of observation and record keeping so that children's progress and achievements are effectively and regularly assessed; to monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures. To organise the key person system and to effectively supervise staff on a daily basis; to be responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching; to participate in staff appraisals and to identify in-service training needs. To ensure that the welfare and safety of children is promoted within the setting and that any child protection concerns are always appropriately acted upon immediately. To ensure records are properly maintained and updated, e.g. daily attendance register, accident and incident forms etc. To liaise closely with parents/carers, informing them about the nursery and its curriculum, exchanging information about children's progress and encouraging parents' involvement. Children Centre sites: To liaise regularly with Locality Leads/Managers, attend Safeguarding/Help Meetings and to over see case files. To ensure that the nursery is a safe environment for children, staff and others, that equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high, safety procedures are implemented at all times and fire drills are regularly practiced. To liaise with the senior/management and/or Directors, early years team, Ofsted services and other professionals as necessary and ensure that all legal and statutory requirements are implemented, and to provide reports as required. To implement any recommendations made following regulatory inspections. To contribute to and to implement all nursery policies and procedures, e.g. register and signing out procedures, child protection, health and safety, confidentiality, food safety, setting hygiene etc. To manage the nursery petty cash system and to ensure that any systems for income collection or invoicing are followed (Abacus) To ensure that children attending the setting receive a balanced and healthy diet. To attend any conferences, training events or meetings, as identified by the Director of Childcare & Operations/Directors and to keep up-to-date with current good practice. To ensure that accurate and up-to-date record keeping systems are in place e.g. children’s records of progress and any behavioural and development reports, any safeguarding issues, health and safety issues, notes taken at staff supervision meetings, details of targets set and of any performance concerns discussed. To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Director of Childcare & Operations /Senior Manager/Director, in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives. It is the nature of working in a nursery that tasks and responsibilities are on occasion unpredictable and varied, so to retain flexibility this job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the Director of Childcare & Operations/Director/Senior Managers. Person specification Essential criteria Proven experience of working in a nursery setting. Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or higher. Sound understanding of child development, and of children's needs. Ability to plan and implement a curriculum, taking into account the SEN Code of Practice, child protection procedures and equal opportunities’ considerations. Demonstrable and detailed knowledge of current legislation relevant to the early years. Ability to work with parents and families to encourage their involvement. Ability to effectively market the setting to maximise occupancy levels and fee income. Ability to effectively lead and manage a team of adults, including conducting performance management processes e.g. induction, supervision meetings, appraisals and setting objectives. Commitment to equal opportunities and an understanding of equality and diversity issues. Ability to write clear reports. Ability to prioritise workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines. Ability to manage difficult situations, solve problems quickly and make accurate decisions. Demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity. Desirable criteria Experience of a parent-managed or parent-engaging setting.  Terms and conditions Hours:          40 hrs per week Salary range: Dependant on qualification and experiences  This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a DBS (Disclosure Barring Scheme). Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.
Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd Acton, London, UK Full time
04 Sep, 2018
We require practitioners for our West Twyford setting, one full time and one part time (PM). The role is to work as a key person and as part of the team under the direction of the manager. To provide safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting. To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance. To help to set up the playroom(s) for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session. To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met. Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members. To advise the Manager of any concerns e.g. over children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary. To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences. To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures. To support meal times within the setting. To actively participate at team meetings, supervisor meetings and appraisal meetings. To attend training courses as required and to take responsibility for your development. To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is required as part of the job. To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s operational policies and procedures, e.g. health and safety, fire precautions, dropping off and collection of children, food safety, cleanliness of the setting etc. 1 To ensure that adequate records are kept and updated regularly. Look upon the nursery as a ‘whole’. Be flexible within your working practises and be constantly aware of the changing needs of the children and nursery. To promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers. To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Manager, in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives. It is the nature of working in a nursery that tasks and responsibilities are on occasion unpredictable and varied, so to retain flexibility this job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the Nursery Manager/Operations Manager. Person specification Essential criteria Willingness to learn. Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Previous experience of working with young children. Sound knowledge of child development for children from birth to five years. Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Knowledge of child protection procedures. Good communication skills. An understanding of play based approaches to children’s learning and development. Commitment to equal opportunities. Commitment to working effectively with young children and families. Friendly and flexible approach at work which facilitates the development of effective relationships. Desirable criteria Level 4 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Willingness to undertake further training. Current First Aid at Work qualification. Current Food Hygiene certificate. 2 Terms and conditions Hours: 40 per week Salary range: Dependant on qualification and experiences This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a Disclosure Barring Scheme check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.
Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd Ealing, London, UK Full time
04 Sep, 2018
To work as a key person and as part of the team under the direction of the manager. To provide safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting. To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance. To help to set up the playroom(s) for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session. To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met. Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members. To advise the Manager of any concerns e.g. over children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary. To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences. To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures. To support meal times within the setting. To actively participate at team meetings, supervisor meetings and appraisal meetings. To attend training courses as required and to take responsibility for your development. To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is required as part of the job. To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s operational policies and procedures, e.g. health and safety, fire precautions, dropping off and collection of children, food safety, cleanliness of the setting etc. 1 To ensure that adequate records are kept and updated regularly. Look upon the nursery as a ‘whole’. Be flexible within your working practises and be constantly aware of the changing needs of the children and nursery. To promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers. To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Manager, in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives. It is the nature of working in a nursery that tasks and responsibilities are on occasion unpredictable and varied, so to retain flexibility this job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the Nursery Manager/Operations Manager. Person specification Essential criteria Willingness to learn. Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Previous experience of working with young children. Sound knowledge of child development for children from birth to five years. Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Knowledge of child protection procedures. Good communication skills. An understanding of play based approaches to children’s learning and development. Commitment to equal opportunities. Commitment to working effectively with young children and families. Friendly and flexible approach at work which facilitates the development of effective relationships. Desirable criteria Level 4 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent. Willingness to undertake further training. Current First Aid at Work qualification. Current Food Hygiene certificate. 2 Terms and conditions Hours: 40 per week Salary range: Dependant on qualification and experiences This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a Disclosure Barring Scheme check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.
Hungry Caterpillar Day Nurseries Ltd Chalfont Saint Peter, UK Full time