Early years support practitioner
Early Years Assistant
Willows Pre-school is looking for an Early Years Assistant. The new Early Years Assistant will bring with them enthusiasm, passion and a profound understanding of how children learn. They will assist the teachers in supporting a key group and be given opportunities to progress within the setting.
Willows helps children develop the qualities and characteristics that go beyond academic success. Resilience, patience and lateral thinking are the skills needed to successfully achieve a happy, creative life and to prepare them for the school environment.
Do you want to work in a small but growing company in a professional environment which provides fresh, organic staff meals daily and be offered ongoing, funded CPD opportunities? Willows’ staff accompany the children on monthly mini bus trips and they are given a generous uniform allowance to meet the uniform guidelines. Willows’ staff benefit from the family orientated atmosphere in the setting, working alongside educated, likeminded professionals. You will be given 1 hour of time away from the children to planning.
If you think you fit this criteria then we want to hear from you!
- To assist with the planning of the curriculum, implementing the EYFS (Early years foundation stage curriculum) with the aim of enabling and encouraging the intellectual, emotional and social development of the children. Willows' main aim is to prepare all children to be school ready with a particular focus to the prime areas of learning.
- To undertake daily risk assessments and set up according to daily/weekly planning, ensuring that all resources/materials are age appropriate.
- To assist the key person with a group of children, liaising closely with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met accordingly.
- Assist in communicating with parents on a daily/weekly basis via the communication book and take part in bi-annual parents evenings as well as parent workshops.
- To advise the room leader and/or manager of any concerns regarding child protection, wellbeing, special educational needs, parents/carers or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
- To be aware of any special educational needs a child may have and to familiarise oneself with any relevant documents regarding a child’s learning and liaising with the setting’s SENCo as needed.
- To attend the occasional Saturday’s to participate in parent workshops & sports days, staff meetings are once a month after work at 6pm, which staff are obliged to attend and get paid additionally for this. Parents evenings take place bi-annually during the week and start at 5pm.
- To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families, staff and the setting.
- To keep up-to-date with current practice, and to attend ongoing training.
Key Skills and Attributes
1. Personable and willingness to learn.
2. Understanding of the EYFS specifically the prime areas of learning.
3. Very good knowledge and understanding of observation and planning methods.
4. Friendly, adaptable and able to work as part of a team whilst also using initiative.
5. Excellent communicator with both parents and staff.
6. NVQ or CACHE Level 3 candidate, and willing to continue with their ongoing professional development.
7. A satisfactory enhanced DBS check which confirms suitability to work with children.
NB: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders, which have been made against them or are pending.
Job Type: Full-time
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.