Current Vacancies

 

Job Title:              Early Years Practitioner (Key Person)

Based:   Waterbeach

Reporting to:     Playgroup Deputy Manager

We are a friendly, busy Playgroup based in the heart of a small community. We aim to meet our children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs through play and learning opportunities in line with our ethos: “learning through play”.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We follow safer recruiting practice and all job offers are subject to DBS check and suitable references.

Main Duties:

To act as key person to a group of children:

  • To be the primary point of contact for those children and their families.
  • To liaise with parents and carers with regard to their children’s needs and progress, providing regular updates on how Key Children are getting on.
  • To be aware of and inform other staff of any special or individual needs specific to Key Children.
  • To carry out observations in line with the Early Years Statutory Framework and plan for next steps to support those children in making appropriate progress emotionally, physically and intellectually. To share Key Children’s progress with manager regularly.
  • To attend monthly staff meetings and to contribute to setting planning as required
  • To ensure that children’s records are accurate, informative and up to date at all times.

To provide stimulating and age-appropriate play and learning opportunities for children to ensure that their individual development needs are met, as directed by the Playgroup Deputy Manager and Manager.

To supervise children where appropriate and to protect them from dangerous or harmful situations.  We are a free-flow setting and children have access to our outdoor areas in all weather.

To provide a consistently high level of care that will enhance the childrens’ general health and well-being. Ensuring that toys and equipment are clean and safe to use. This includes assisting with the risk-assessment of the setting and individual activities.

To assist in the preparation and provision of the children’s snack ensuring that it is an interesting and challenging experience.

To undertake routine cleaning of the setting and equipment as directed.

Qualities

  • The successful applicant will have experience working with young children and is likely to have an Early Years qualification. However, we would consider a strong unqualified candidate with a willingness to work towards qualifying at level 2 and/ or level 3.
  • Experience of working in an Early Years Setting as a Key Person would be an advantage, but again for a strong candidate we would consider other relevant experience.
  • A good understanding of child development and childrens’ needs
  • A good, working understanding of the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework or willingness to acquire that understanding
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Enthusiasm and the confidence to engage with children, parents and carers and colleagues
  • A friendly, flexible, hard-working approach

Terms and Conditions

Salary: Competitive rates in line with local pay scales, depending on experience

Hours:   18 hours per week, term time only.

Enquiries to:

Jacqui Woods

Waterbeach Community Playgroup

The Playhouse, School Grounds

High Street

Waterbeach

Cambridge. CB25 9JU

info@waterbeachplaygroup.org.uk

01223 440769 (Mon-Fri 9.00 to 3.00, answering machine out of hours)

 

For more information about careers at WCP, please call Jacqui Woods on 01223 440769, or alternately email at info@waterbeachplaygroup.org.uk

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