Petra's Place

Position Title: Level3 SEND Nursery Nurse

Tenure: Permanent

Reports to: SEND Nursery Manager

Job Status: Full time (8am – 5pm) (Job share considered)

Salary range: £21,000 - £25,000 dependent on experience + Pension +Benefits


Petra’s Place was established in 2018 by Petra Ecclestone.  It offers a Nursery and Therapy Centre on one site on Fulham Road SW10 and our main purpose is to be an inclusive Nursery and early-intervention centre for mainstream children and children with special needs and autism.  We are unique in that we are the first Centre in the UK to offer a holistic service - everything you need is under one roof meaning early diagnosis and focused interventions are immediate.  We offer a first class, supportive and friendly service to all our parents and children and value working in partnership as one Team for the benefit of our children and families, specifically targeting the areas that children with autism may need support with: social communication, joint attention, motor skills and sensory issues.  The Nursery is open for 48 weeks of the year, with planned closure dates at Christmas (2 weeks) and in the summer (1 week) with 5 additional inset days during the year.

We are looking for a dedicated, friendly, and compassionate Level 3 qualified SEND Nursery Nurse to come on board at this exciting time and help us to continue to grow our Nursery into a world class centre, dedicated to supporting the needs of its children.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your knowledge and experience in inclusion and supporting children with SEND, with access to exceptional support and training from our inhouse therapy team and leadership team.

The ideal candidate will be someone who would welcome the opportunity to build on their current experience in SEND and is passionate about developing and providing high quality support for children with SEND and their families.  You may have developed your skills and experience within a mainstream school setting in a role such as SENCO or within a nursery setting.

Candidates must have a full and recognised Level 3 qualification in early years and experience of working with young children with Special Needs.


Overview of the Role

  • You will be a highly skilled Early Years Practitioner with experience of SEND
  • You will have at least 2 years post Lv3 qualification experience with most recent experience working with children with additional/special needs.
  • You will be required to deliver high quality support to a small group of children within our specially designed nursery, being part of a small team, which includes other LV3 practitioners, students and volunteers.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Key person for a small group of children with special needs (1 to 3 Ratio)
  • Liaising with parents, carers and Therapists on all aspects of the child's care and development
  • Liaising with on-site and external therapists and other health/social care professionals to ensure children are reaching their full potential
  • Use of the EYFS framework to underpin observation, assessment and planning, and to plan next steps in each goal/targeted area
  • Reviewing therapy reports/Education, Health and Care Plans to inform your planning and support for key children
  • Developing and updating Individual Education Plans for each child you have key person responsibility for, in partnership with parents, Therapists and specialists
  • Creating and monitoring a range of play-based learning activities as part of the Petra’s Place curriculum to deliver to the children in small groups or independently
  • Being a motivated team player but should also have the ability to work on your own initiative to develop or suggest new programmes where you think they are needed and will add value
  • Recording observations and linking this to the EYFS/SEND frameworks using FAMLY Nursery management system
  • To support children in daily activities such as eating, dressing, hygiene and free play
  • Providing personal care for the children where required.

Essential requirements

  • At least 2 years-experience of working with children with Special Needs, directly supporting their learning and development
  • A full and recognised level 3 or above qualification in early years or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge and experience of using the EYFS framework to underpin observation, assessment and planning
  • The ability to reference exceptional dedication to childcare
  • Have at least 2 experience in a childcare/nursery/school setting.

Competencies / Behaviours

  • As part of the interview process you will be asked to provide recent examples of the following behaviours:
  • Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
  • Safeguarding knowledge
  • Teamwork / Collaboration
  • Working in partnership with professionals to support children’s learning and development

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary dependent upon experience
  • 5 weeks holiday allowance (including additional courtesy days each year)
  • Workplace pension (after probationary period)
  • Employee Assistance Program – Including GP services (Doctorline™)
  • Extensive employee discount scheme for shops, supermarkets and services
  • Regular on-going training/CPD
  • Friendly, inclusive working environment


Please note: We undertake safeguarding checks on all our workers in accordance with the DfE statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. As part of these checks, the post requires the post-holder to have significant experience of working unsupervised with children and families. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required prior to appointment. This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.