01 Aug, 2019

Nursery Practitioner - Dover

  • Alpha Nurseries Group
  • Dover, Kent, UK
Full or Part Time Qualified Practitioner

Job Details

Job Description

Position: Nursery Practitioner

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

Responsible to: Nursery Manager

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.
  • Recognise all children as individuals, ensuring their needs are recognised 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 to 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 responsibilities and duties of the post, which may change as the services develops. Following discussion and agreement with the post holder it may therefore be amended as necessary.

Person specification

Knowledge

  • A full and relevant level three qualification.
  • 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 supporting children’s behaviour
  • Awareness and understanding and commitment to diversity and equality.

Skills

  • 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
  • Recognise 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 organisational skills
  • Ability to use judgement and common sense, and be able to work on own initiative.

Experience

  • Experience of working in childcare setting
  • Have experience of working and caring with babies
  • Experience of observation, planning and assessment and completing learning journeys

Knowledge

  • 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 behaviour
  • Awareness and understanding and commitment to diversity and equality

Skills

  • 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 model good practice to staff.
  • Provide evidence of ability to manage, lead and support a team.
  • Ability to work in partnership with parents and carers.
  • Effective time management and organisational skills.
  • Provide evidence of child protection, equal opportunities, first aid and food hygiene training.
  • Demonstrate good inter-personal skills including the ability to use judgement and common sense, and be able to work on own initiative.

Experience

  • Experience of working in childcare setting and some leadership experience within a day care 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 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 recognise 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
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • Shows professional curiosity

Self-awareness

  • 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

*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.*

Position

Nursery Nurse,   Nursery Practitioner  

Recruiter Type

Direct Employer

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