04 Feb, 2019

Day Care Practitioner - Bank Staff

  • Alpha Nurseries Ltd
  • Dunstable Drive, Braintree CM7 3LT, UK
Bank Staff Qualified Practitioner

Job Details

Job Summary

Position: Day Care Practitioner - Bank Staff

Hours of work: Shifts on a rota basis between 7.30am – 6 pm.

Responsible to: Nursery Manager

This will be a zero contract but we do have a minimum of 6 hours available per week. This will be in Braintree, CM7 3LT.

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced Day Care Practitioner / Bank Staff looking for a new challenge, look no further, have a read of the roles and responsibilities you could be taking on!

Job Purpose:

  • To provide a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children in the nursery.
  • To ensure all individual needs of children are identified and met.
  • To understand the characteristics of effective teaching and learning and implement these with all children.
  • To ensure all Company policies, procedures and operational practices are adhered to at all times.
  • To be a key person to a group of children, planning and implement a programme of activities suitable to their development using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS).
  • To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons they are responsible for or come into contact with.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To be a positive role model and maintain a positive attitude at all times with children, parents visitors and work colleagues to ensure that the Company values are maintained.
  • Supervise and support children at all times.
  • Recognize all children as individuals, ensuring their needs are recognized and met.
  • Ensure that practice and provision in the nursery meets the requirements of the EYFS.
  • Read, understand and implement all Company policies, procedures, and operational practices.
  • Ensure that any changes to policies, procedures and operational practices are adhered to within the required timescale.
  • Contribute to maintaining a clean, safe, attractive and welcoming environment.
  • Prepare and supervise activities.
  • Observe, evaluate and record children’s developmental progress and plan the next steps for their learning, and keep a record on your key children’s development for parents.
  • Work in partnership with parents and other family members and encourage their
  • Ensure that the nursery offers an inclusion environment for all staff, parents, and children.
  • Ensure confidentiality, where appropriate, is maintained.
  • Attend team meetings and any identified training.
  • Ensure the environment and equipment are safe and standards of hygiene are high, reporting any issues to the Manager immediately.
  • Provide support and direction to pool staff, apprentices, and students.
  • Liaise with the SENCO to ensure children with additional needs are supported effectively and IEP’s are met.
  • Act immediately and appropriately to any Child Protection concerns, following the procedure in the Safeguarding Children Policy.
  • Take an active role in nursery projects, special events and information sharing meetings with parents/carers.
  • Be flexible and prepared to help in other areas of the nursery, with domestic duties, or duties which may be reasonably required of you, as identified by the Nursery Manager.

Promoting the Company

All Employees within Alpha Nurseries Group are expected to promote the company and its ethos whenever possible, the company will attend a number of events throughout the year and as part of your role you are expected to help out at these events, we would expect 12 hours per year minimum on a voluntary basis to support the promotion of the company. This could be in the evenings and at weekends. These hours are in addition to any you may do during normal office hours.

The Company is committed to making any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job role and the working environment that would enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

You are entrusted with confidential and sometimes sensitive information about Alpha Nurseries Group, and the people who work there; we hope that you will always remember this and respect the trust we place in you.

This job description represents the broad framework of the responsibilities and duties of the post, which may change as the services develop. Following discussion and agreement with the post holder, it may, therefore, be amended as necessary.


  • An enthusiastic approach to working with early years children
  • Demonstrate good practice in early years care and education
  • Flexibility
  • Committed to working as part of a team
  • Good interaction with children
  • Ability to work closely and constructively with children
  • Recognize that parents/carers are the main educators
  • Ability to model good practice to staff
  • Ability to work in partnership with parents and carers
  • Effective time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to use judgment and common sense, and be able to work on own initiative.


  • A level 3 qualification and a willingness to achieve EYPS.
  • Knowledge and understanding of planning and providing high-quality childcare and education in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of supporting children’s behavior
  • Awareness and understanding and commitment to diversity and equality.


  • Experience of working in childcare setting and some leadership experience within a daycare setting
  • Have experience of working and caring with babies.
  • Experience of working in consultation with staff in planning, developing, monitoring and evaluating curriculum and frameworks.

Emotional awareness

  • Aware of the range of emotions in self and others
  • Shows concern for others
  • Listens to and understands other people’s feelings
  • Encourages others to express themselves openly
  • Is sensitive and tries to tackle the cause of a problem
  • Listens to personal comments without becoming defensive
  • In a highly stressful situation, can keep own feelings in check, take constructive action and calm others down
  • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognize when to use them and does so
  • Shows respect for others feelings, views and circumstances

Working within professional boundaries

  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognizes the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • Shows professional curiosity


  • Has a balanced understanding of self and others
  • Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Can work flexibly
  • Shows a realistic appreciation of the challenges of working with children
  • Ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Understands the importance of safeguarding and protects all children whatever their personal circumstances
  • Can show an ability to contribute towards a safe environment
  • Is up to date with eh law and current events
  • Can show they have followed ‘best practice;’ guidelines’
  • Shows a personal commitment to safeguarding children

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced practitioner looking for a new challenge? We are a new setting that is expanding quickly.

We are Looking for flexible individuals that can use their initiative well and work well as part of a team. Initially, this will be on a supply basis but we will be looking at permanent contracts as the nursery numbers increase.

*Alpha Nurseries Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers, and students to share this commitment.*


£7.83 per hour


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