Purpose of the job: To work under the direction of the manager and deputise as and when required. To work as a key person and as part of the team under the direction of the manager. To lead the room in providing safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting.
To lead the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance and maintain accurate and effective children’s records.
To lead the room in implementing an effective daily routine.
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.
Ensure that children are kept safe and that staff understand and when necessary follow child protection procedures.
To support meal times within the setting.
To actively participate at team meetings, supervisor meetings and appraisal meetings.
To implement good practise and good conduct as a senior member of staff, supporting all staff and engaging in a good staff team.
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 support and train apprentice members of staff.
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.
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 Manager/DCO.
Willingness to learn.
Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent, and a commitment/willingness to obtain a higher qualification.
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 with children and adults.
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.
Willingness to undertake further training.
Current First Aid at Work qualification.
Current Food Hygiene certificate.
Previous experience of supervising staff and leading the room.
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.
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.