Early Years Practitioner
Job Details Full Address: Woodmansterne Village Pre-School, Carshalton Road, Woodmansternre, SM7 3HU Exact working hours: As above Any further details: Woodmansterne Village Pre-school has a vacancy for an enthusiastic Early Years Practitioner to join our small, Ofsted rated Outstanding, team. The successful candidate will hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification. Your role as Key Person will be working with two to three year olds and supporting our morning session for three to four year olds. We will require two references, which will be checked before any employment is offered. Applications will be assessed on receipt and interviews offered accordingly. The vacancy will close when a suitable candidate is employed. About the Role Main Duties: • Woodmansterne Village Pre-School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All employees are required to have satisfactory DBS checks before employment is offered. • Be a key person to a small group of children and their families, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents. • Work as part of a team to meet the overall aims and objectives of the group and follow the practice guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. To be aware of the Welfare Requirements of the EYFS. • Become familiar with, and adhere to, the Pre-School Policies and Procedures. • Adhere to the Pre-School Code of Conduct. • Meet with the children and their families at least once during the term before the children join us. • Carry out a home visit, with another staff member, to your key families before the children join us. • Be enthusiastic about working outdoors with the children throughout the year, whatever the weather. • Help prepare the classroom for continued provision at the end of each session and prepare the indoor and outdoor area each day before the start of the session. • Carry out written observations on children and summarise their next steps of learning. • Be able to prepare individual learning plans for your key children for with as many activities as possible outside. • Support, engage and manage continuous provision with all of the other children in the group. • Meet with parents/carers of your key children to exchange information about their children’s progress, encouraging parents’ involvement. • To be able to communicate in a friendly, discreet manner with parents. • Be responsible for a high quality of teaching, offering appropriate levels of support and stimulation. • Produce next steps and summarise the development of the children in each of your key children learning journeys. • Maintain a current First Aid Certificate. • Maintain a Food Hygiene certificate • Keep Working Together to Safeguard Children knowledge up to-date and attend regular training. • Attend ongoing training courses in all areas of the curriculum. These may be evenings and weekends. You will be paid by Pre-School to attend these. • Maintain a Personal Development Profile and have a commitment to personal/professional development. • Share responsibility to ensure equipment is safe and standards of hygiene are high. • Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff. • Advise the Manager of any concerns regarding the children, their families or other staff. • Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Pre-School Manager, in accordance with the Pre-School objectives. • Be responsible for one area of Pre-School Be flexible, wherever possible, about working days in order to provide cover for other members of staff. Additional Information Essential criteria • Full and relevant Level 3 early years qualification • GCSE English grade C or equivalent • Enthusiasm for working outdoors • Sound understanding of child development and the needs of children • Sound understanding of what constitutes good quality childcare • Ability to work in a team • Interpersonal skills at all levels including children, parents and staff • Ability to manage workload and competing priorities • Ability to demonstrate competency in implementing appropriate safe and creative activities for Pre-School children • Ability to plan, organise and evaluate • Able to cope with physical and mental demands of the job • Honest, reliable and fair • Demonstrate judgement and common sense • Clear speaker • Smart appearance, friendly open manner • Willingness to undertake personal development and training programmes • Ability to demonstrate understanding of equal opportunities and British Values • Understanding the importance of providing consistent care • Understanding the importance of confidentiality • Interest in developing the setting • Punctual Desirable criteria • Previous work in a child centred environment • Some experience of curriculum planning and policy writing in a preschool environment • Experience of record keeping • Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding legislation • Knowledge of relevant health and safety principles • Level 3 Forest school qualification • Knowledge of SEN • Current Paediatric First Aid certificate Please note that this vacancy is not part of Surrey County Council, we are advertising this on behalf of a partnership organisation.