We are seeking a passionate and motivated Early years practitioner/ Nursery Assistant with a level 3 qualification to join our nursery team
The role is 30 hours per week, shifts are Monday to Friday 12:15pm-6:15pm
For an informal discussion, please contact Eleanor Macey - Nursery Manager on 01273 296052.
About the role
This job is for an Early Years Practitioner in our Dolphin room (2-5 year olds). This role will be working alongside a team of staff to ensure we provide engaging learning experiences in a safe and caring environment, supported by a Room leader and Deputy room leader
We are looking for someone who can demonstrate excellent practice, supports a positive approach to behaviour and emotional literacy, has a good EYFS knowledge and understanding of young children’s needs.
The job involves being a key person, building positive relationships, being a positive role model and ensuring the children feel safe and nurtured, engaging in children’s play, inputting ideas for planning, assessment, and maintaining high standards of early learning.
We promote a holistic approach to our practice and encourage practitioners to provide experiences that are creative and encourage children’s inquisitive nature to explore and learn.
We are passionate about inclusion and provide experiences and opportunities to all children in our setting. We practice a non-discriminatory approach and require our staff to demonstrate inclusion in all areas of their work, celebrating diversity.
We are proud of our staff who are qualified or working towards a qualification, who share our passion for delivering a high standard of care to the children and provide exciting opportunities for the children to grow, learn and develop into confident young people. We have a child-centred approach and ensure children’s emotional health is paramount.
Cherry Tree Nursery is one of Brighton and Hove City Council Children’s Centre Nurseries. We operate five nurseries across the city and provide a high-quality service for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. We are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.
Cherry Tree Nursery is located in Hollingdean, close to Ditching Road and Lewes Road. We have been purpose built to meet the needs of young children and their families. The nursery is an open plan design, it has two playrooms and a large garden.
The nursery provides children with lots of space to play and learn, use their imaginations and be creative. We have a large garden space where children can climb a climbing frame, enjoy sand and mud play, water tables and walls, ride bikes, climb the tree and explore nature. We have a play-based approach to learning in a fun, happy and calm atmosphere.
Applicants must have experience of working with young children 3 month -5 years in an early year’s environment; experience of delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); experience of meeting the individual needs of young children and their families; demonstrate a passion and commitment for providing high quality care and learning opportunities.
We require applicants to be qualified to a minimum Level 3 in early years and childcare or equivalent.
At Cherry Tree Nursery, as part of Brighton and Hove City Council, we provide a full induction and training programme.
We provide ongoing support in the form of regular supervisions and appraisals. Plus, the many benefits that Brighton and Hove city council employees receive such as discounts from local businesses, travel and rental deposit loan schemes, and ongoing training and professional development. There may also be opportunities for further ad-hoc hours if interested.
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.