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Berkhampstead Day Nursery

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Berkhampstead Day Nursery
Pittville Circus Road
GL52 2QA

Tel: 01242 523263

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Nursery Practitioners (Full time and 0 hours)


Berkhampstead Day Nursery is looking forexceptional Nursery Practitioners to work with children aged 3 months to 5 years.

A few doors down the road from Berkhampstead School (Cheltenham’s highly respected Independent Prep School) Berkhampstead Day Nursery reflects the values of the School: all children in our community are loved, nurtured and treated with the utmost care. This caring extends to the staff too.

If you are passionate about providing superb care, a stimulating education for young children and would like to join our friendly team, we can offer the following incentives:

• An outstanding working environment with fantastic facilities, including a lovely garden, nature garden, sensory room and library.

• Close links to Berkhampstead School, including use of their facilities and teaching resources.

• Holiday incentive scheme to reward long service.

• Four day working week/part time hours to fit in with 8-1 or 1-6 shifts. The positions are all year round.

• Competitive salary.

• Career progressions and further training.

• Home cooked staff lunches.

A minimum Level 3 childcare qualification is preferable for this role; however, a minimum level 2 qualification and 2 years’ experience in a childcare setting would be an advantage.

Berkhampstead Day Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

These positions will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button.


Job Title: Nursery Practitione

Reports to:
Room Lead, and the Nursery Management Team

Position Summary

To carefor and nurture babies and young children, providing them with a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which they can learn, develop and reach their full potential.

Does this position have (staff) supervisory responsibilities?  No

Does this position have budgetary responsibilities?  No

Major Accountabilities
(High level accountability statements)

1. Act as a key person, liaising daily with parents/carers and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met. Monitor, assess and report individual children’s progress, keeping such records as required.  Support new starters to settle in.
2. Support the educational and social development ofchildren, creating a caring and positive environment and using resources and activities to stimulate learning and personal development within the EYFS framework.
3. Adhere to the nursery safeguarding policy and procedures. Be alert to issues of safeguarding children and child protection; promote the welfare and safety of the children and report any child safety/protection concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately.
4. Help promote positive behaviour and encourage children to develop their own emotional and moral thinking.  Support children in considering others feelings and views, promote good choicesin behaviour through praise and encouragement and support children to understand that bad choices may have consequences. All incidences of behaviour will be dealt with in accordance to nursery policy. 
5. Supervise children during toileting and at mealtimes, promoting good manners, behaviour and personal hygiene – cleaning up spillages and accidents when needed.Prepare babies bottles/children’s drinks and snacks where appropriate.
6. Be proactive in matters relating to health and safety with respect to children, staff, parents and visitors.  Carry out regular risk assessments throughout the day as required, and take action appropriately.
7. Help maintain the cleanliness of the nursery and use all equipment correctly and safely. Report any accidents/incidents in line with the policies and procedures.
8. Report to the Room Lead and/or Management any signs or symptoms which may suggest that a child requires expert or immediate attention.  Provide first aid in line with nursery policy as necessary.
9. Adhere to all nursery policies and procedures and relevant regulatory requirements.
10. As a member of the staff team, contribute to and nurture a positive and professional working environment, role modeling adherence and commitment to the aims and ethos of Berkhampstead and its codes of conduct.
11. Support nursery management in the development and planning of EYFSactivities.
12. Maintain own knowledge in order to continue a high level of professional competence.  Participate in professional development and training as reasonably required.
13. Undertake other professional duties that may be reasonably required e.g. staff meeting attendance, open days, events.
14. Undertake other reasonable duties or requests from time to time as requested by the Head of Unit, Team Leaderand/or the nursery management team.

Role Attributes
(Skills/Competencies/Behaviours – descriptor and explanation)

• Interpersonal Skills: Gets on with different types of people and interacts well with people at all levels.  Is insightful about others; seeking to understand other people’s views, and adapts own approach accordingly.
• Communication Skills:  Listens effectively.  Communicates clearly and consistently both verbally and in writing, adapting content to the task and audience.
• Collaboration & Teamwork: Works co-operatively to shared objectives - involving others when generating ideas, solving problems or making decisions. Is open to sharing best practice, information, ideas and solutions.
• Quality Commitment: Wants to do the best they can; setting high work standards for self and others.  Seeks to understand the needs and priorities of others. Responds flexibly to changing requirements.
• Planning & Organisation:  Manages time effectively.  Develops effective procedures.  Focuses on the right things, balancing conflicting priorities and meeting deadlines.
• Resilience:  Keeps calm and in control in difficult and/or stressful situations.  Is resourceful, flexible and optimistic when tackling challenging obstacles.  Remains motivated and productive during periods of change or when under pressure.
• Confidentiality & Integrity:  Respects and shows consideration for others.  Builds a climate of trust and openness.  Deals with information confidentially and with discretion.
• Technical expertise & knowledge: Applies a high level of technical expertise and experience to enhance job performance.  Maintains and updates own technical knowledge. Is a respected and credible practitioner in own field.

Position Prerequisites
(e.g. Qualifications, experience)

• Minimum of 4 GCSEs including Maths and English
• Qualification at NVQ level 3 or equivalent in a childcare related course
• Experience working with children
• Basic knowledge of Paediatric First Aid and Health & Safety
• Good literacy and numeracy skills and preferably qualifications.
• ICT skills at basic level or beyond
• Training in relevant strategies e.g. literacy, sign-language, an added advantage.

This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the role and the job holder may be directed to undertake other such tasks or duties, which may be reasonably given to him/her from time to time. It may be subject to modification or amendment at any time after consultation with the post holder.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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