Early Years Practitioner

Salary depending on experience
12 Feb 2019
26 Feb 2019
Glenn Jones
Contract Type
Full Time
Early Years Practitioner

We’re looking for some new people to join our team at Eureka! Nursery. We’re an outstanding setting, looking to add to our (frankly brilliant) team.

LOCATION: Halifax, West Yorkshire


SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary depending on experience 

WORKING HOURS: Full Time - 40 hours per week. We will also consider Casual workers – as and when required.

THE ROLE: To ensure that the physical, emotional, social and intellectual education and care provided to children in your charge is of the highest standard.

Applicants must:

Be nice and kind, even on a Monday morning.
Be able to laugh at jokes you don’t understand, or don’t find funny.
Have a warm, smiling face that makes every child feel special.
Be happy to give warm hugs when someone is upset, or just because it’s Tuesday.
Be able to count fast moving children quickly and accurately.
Be comfortable going shopping after work covered in paint, shaving foam, food, or worse.
Be willing to dance in front of other people (the dancing doesn’t have to be good).
Be comfortable taking about bodily functions in detail – like, a LOT of detail.
Be happy to drink an imaginary cup of tea with enthusiasm and always say yes to an imaginary ice cream when it is offered.

Main Areas of responsibility:

Children's care, development and learning

Ensuring the provision of a safe and stimulating environment that meets the needs of individual children at different stages of development.
Assisting in the planning, implementation and evaluation of age and stage appropriate activities designed to encourage children's learning and development and deliver, the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Key worker

Taking main responsibility for the well-being of a key group of children on a daily basis.
Co-ordinating the planning and record keeping for individual children in your key group.
Ensuring that information about these children is exchanged with their parents and, where appropriate, other nursery staff, especially relevant Lead Practitioner.


Assessing and recording the developmental progress of a key group of children - based on established observation and assessment techniques.

Record keeping

Keeping accurate, well-organised and up-to-date records that are essential to the continuity of care between staff and parents.
Maintaining confidentiality about information recorded and exchanged.

Team work

Looking upon the setting as a "whole" and being proactive about where your help can be best utilised.
Helping where needed anywhere in the nursery, e.g. in any of the units; in the kitchen preparing meals and clearing up; in the laundry; cleaning.
Working alongside Trainee Early Years Practitioners to support their learning.
Participating in regular supervision and staff meetings.

Continuing Professional Development 

Updating knowledge of the work and gaining new skills by a variety of methods, e.g. by participating in workshops and training sessions and sharing knowledge acquired with colleagues
Undertaking responsibility for specialist areas of nursery practice as required, e.g. health and safety, behaviour management, special needs co-ordination.
Complete regular Safeguarding training

Policies and procedures

Implementing the settings policies and procedures so that consistent standards are maintained across all areas of work.
Contribute to the reviewing of policies and procedures


Observing all health and safety procedures so that risks to the health and safety of children, staff and visitors are minimised.
Documenting any Health and Safety issues that need immediate attention in the appropriate record book.
Providing cover and care at short notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances, e.g. uncollected child, in order to maintain adequate staffing levels.
Any other duties as may reasonably be expected of a Nursery Nurse.
At all times to act as an ambassador for the nursery and to maintain its reputation as a centre of excellence.

Special features

Working some evenings will be required for e.g. staff meetings, parent’s evenings, training.
Appointment is subject to enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau and disqualification by association disclosure

Details of Education required and qualifications needed

NNEB or equivalent, e.g. BTEC Diploma in Nursery Nursing or NVQ level 3 in Childcare


Details of special skills/experience/aptitudes needed

Six months experience working in a similar setting
Knowledge of the variety of activities designed to stimulate and develop pupil learning both indoors and out
Knowledge and understanding of setting out equipment and displays in an interesting and stimulating way
Physically able to carry children
Ability to work as a team player
Ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality about information received
Good verbal and written communication skills
Good organisational skills
Flexible approach to work
Enthusiasm and commitment to provide first class child cares of the highest standard. 

If this sounds like you AND you have a Level 3 Early Years and Childcare qualification then we’d love to hear from you.

You will then be sent to an online questionnaire to support your CV and application, please fill in the details and we will be in touch to advise you of the next steps.

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