Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner

Early Years Practitioner 2000 1000 Purple Jay

early years practitioner

Nursery: Purple Jay – Lambeth
Contract type: Permanent
Hours of work: 40 hours per week (shifts)
Closing date: 19th March 2019
General summary: To provide care and learning experiences for all children in the nursery, particularly those for whom you act as a keyperson.

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about purple jay nursery

Established in 2011, Purple Jay Nurseries began with Mother Goose Nursery in Peckham Rye. We believe that love and education are paramount to our children, and this has shaped the way we work today.

We offer a child-focused approach, where all of our kids are encouraged to develop socially, physically and emotionally in a stimulating, caring environment.

As a family-run organisation with family values, our commitment to our pupils has resulted in an OFSTED “Good” rating, based on our educational practices and caring nature.

role summary

To provide care and learning experiences for all children in the nursery, particularly those for whom you act as a keyperson, in a safe, happy, stimulating and developmentally appropriate way, in compliance with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and the nursery’s Policies and Procedures, Operations Manual and Code of Conduct for Employees.

You will be responsible for supporting, mentoring and modelling good practice for less experienced and/or unqualified members of staff.

key responsibilities

  • To act as a ‘key person’ for children in your care and to provide daily verbal and written reports for parents/carers and others on children’s well-being and development;
  • To develop and maintain close, confidential professional relationships with children, parents/carers, staff, management and outside agencies;
  • To formulate, plan, deliver and evaluate programmes of activities suitable for the range of children attending – indoors, outdoors and in out-of-setting contexts – which are linked to the EYFS, provide a balance between child initiated and adult led experiences that enable children to develop and which meet their physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs;
  • To work as part of a team in a consistent way, implementing agreed policies and procedures and promoting the development of team decisions that are sanctioned by the management; to participate in schemes of appraisal and peer observation;
  • To form strong, constructive and supportive relationships with parents, carers and other family members and to encourage their involvement in all aspects of the nursery’s life;
  • To actively support the development of children’s language, communication and thinking skills;
  • To provide individual support to children with additional needs and provide information on their progress to parents, carers and outside agencies (if required); contributing to the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) for individual children;
  • To work alongside the manager/deputy and staff team to ensure that the objectives and ethos of the nursery are realized;
  • To work to ensure that the nursery environment, equipment and resources are prepared, cleaned and maintained in accordance with the nursery’s Health and Safety Policy and OFSTED statutory guidance;
  • To be flexible within working practices in the setting, including undertaking domestic tasks when and where this is necessary, and to attend out of working hours activities (such as training sessions, staff meetings and parents evenings) when required;
  • To complete accurate and clear observations of children, assessments, children’s records and risk assessments, accident/incident reports etc. as necessary;
  • To actively support and promote the nursery’s policies and practices, particularly those on Inclusion and Equal Opportunities;
  • To ensure the safety and well-being of children, including recognition of signs that a child might be in danger or at risk of harm, and to promote the nursery’s safeguarding policy and practices; to administer medicines and treatments under supervision;
  • To manage and support children’s personal, social and emotional development, including the promotion of positive behaviour strategies;
  • To perform other duties as directed by the management.

qualifications & experience required

  • Minimum studying towards Level 2 in Early Years qualification
  • Food Hygiene Certificate First Aid Certificate
  • EYFS Certification
  • Safeguarding (Level 1 & 2 LBS Certificates)
  • Experience of implementing the EYFS and Childcare Standards
  • Experience of working as a keyperson
  • Experience of maintaining children’s records/profiles and completing written reports;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the EYFS
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety and Environmental Health Procedures
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding issues and procedures Familiarity with use of a P.C. and basic office programmes (Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint)

specific requirements

  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS check (and other, if required)
  • Entitlement to work in UK
  • Two satisfactory references

personal qualities required

  • Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively Ability to work as part of a small team
  • Willingness to work flexibly and under pressure to meet the needs of the service
  • Reliability
  • Commitment to working in early years and achieving further childcare qualifications.
  • There is a requirement, subject to appropriate guidance or training, to lift and carry children, and to spend time outdoors throughout the year and in all weathers. There is a need from time to time to wipe up blood and other bodily fluids.

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