Early Years Practitioner
To assist in the delivery of a quality childcare provision, ensuring that daily routines are implemented and the children’s emotional well-being and developmental needs are being met within the EYFS framework.
- Childcare Qualification – Equivalent to NVQ L3 (or working towards)
- General Education to GCSE level C or above in English and Maths.
- Relevant experience of working in a full day care setting.
- Experience of delivering Early Years Foundation Stage
- Current First Aid Certificate.
- Current Food Hygiene Certificate
- Experience of key person role/observations/planning.
Skills & Abilities
- Ability to Identify needs of children.
- Excellent Administrative/Organisational skills.
- Ability to develop & maintain relationships with parents/ carers/ children/ professionals/ work colleagues etc.
- Ability to contribute to the development of programme and activities to meet children’s needs.
- Ability to contribute to meetings (Internal & External).
- Knowledge and understanding of the welfare requirements.
- Understanding of Confidentiality issues & a commitment to implementing the Confidentiality Policy.
- Understanding of the Children’s Act (Child Protection).
- Understanding of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Issues.
- Understanding of Health & Safety Issues.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- To create a welcoming and friendly environment which demonstrates this clients Equality and Diversity Policy.
- To ensure a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development.
- To maintain supervised care of the children in line with Ofsted guidance and the Welfare Requirements, whilst actively participating in all aspects of childcare.
- To be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of each child whilst in this companies care.
- To regard each child as an individual, who is listened to, has their feelings respected and opinions valued.
- To ensure each child is given praise, encouragement and opportunities to succeed in environments where positive behaviour is promoted.
- To be a responsible key person for children and share information in relation to those children with parents/carers and other staff members as required in line with policy.
- To ensure mealtimes are times of pleasant social sharing.
- To ensure children are washed and cleaned as required.
- To provide comfort and warmth to a poorly child.
- To be actively involved in the delivery of an agreed curriculum, that is creative, stimulating and fun which facilitates the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and where possible, spiritual development of each child, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and Ofsted requirements.
- To complete observations on a regular basis and to ensure these inform planning, children’s profiles and individual assessments.
- To prepare activities to suit the child’s stage of development and see through to completion.
- To follow the SEN Code of Practice.
- To contribute to the development of activities for both indoor and outdoor arears, including wet and dry outdoor conditions.
- To assist on external trips with the children e.g. walking to the woods/park, library etc.
- To complete induction procedures for all new children, ensuring needs, interests, routines etc. are recorded.
- To ensure each child’s development records are updated regularly.
- To complete daily attendance registers.
- To ensure all necessary administration e.g. accident and incident reports, development charts etc., are completed to enable the nursery to run efficiently and effectively, meeting all requirement laid down by legislation, Board of Management and partnering agencies.
- To understand and implement agreed policies and procedures to ensure a quality service is provided at all times.
- To ensure that all staff in the allocated room, maintain equipment and building in a safe condition, reporting faults to the supervisor and ensuring cleaning and hygiene standards are maintained to a high standard.To ensure health and safety policy and procedures are adhered to.
- To undertake training for your personal development that will enhance the professional running of the nursery.
- To maintain confidentiality at all times, whilst meeting the requirements of the Children’s Act, reporting to the supervisor any matter concerning the welfare of a child.
- To act up as Nursery Deputy Supervisor in times of absence, and support the supervisor in the day to day running of the whole nursery.
- To identify areas for improvement and make recommendations to the Supervisor.
- Any other duties as required by the line manager to ensure the effective running of the nursery.