Pre-School Practitioner Vacancy

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Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School (Buckhurst Hill) are looking for an additional member of staff.

Please note: It is the policy of Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School (Buckhurst Hill) not to employ close relatives of children attending. We believe that it can be detrimental to the child’s learning, resilience and school readiness.

Job title: Pre-School Practitioner

Responsible to: Pre-School manager

Purpose of the job: To work as part of the Pre-School team under the direction of the Pre-School manager to provide safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting.

Main duties: 

1.  To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for guidance.

2.  To help set up the equipment for the session and to help tidy away at the end of the session and to assist in all aspects of general cleaning and routine housekeeping.

3.  To act as a key worker to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met.

4.  Work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members.

5. To advise the Pre-School manager of any concerns e.g. over children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.

6.  To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences.

7.  To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures.

8.  To actively participate at staff meetings, supervisor meetings and appraisal meetings.

9.  To attend training courses as required and to take responsibility for your development.

10.  To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff which is acquired as part of the job.

11.  To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s operational policies and procedures, e.g. health and safety, fire precautions, dropping off and collection of children, food safety, etc.

12.  To ensure that adequate records are kept and updated regularly.

13.  To promote the Pre-School to current parents and potential customers.

14.  To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Pre-School manager, in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives. 

 This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the manager.

Person specification

Essential criteria

1.  Willingness to learn and attend training courses, as decided by manager.

2.  Level 3 Early Years Education and Childcare qualification

3. Previous experience of working with young children

4.  Sound knowledge of child development for children from birth to five years

5.  Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

6.  Knowledge of child protection procedures

7.  Good communication skills

8.  An understanding of play based approaches to children’s learning and development

9.  Commitment to equal opportunities

10.  Commitment to working effectively with young children and families

11.  Friendly and flexible approach which facilitates the development of effective relationships

Desirable criteria

1.  Current first aid qualification

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require a criminal records check (DBS).  Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.

Please request an application from Jo Hazell at