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Early Years Practitioner

Spring Nurseries by Action for Children
Closing date
7 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Qualified Practitioner
Charity, Nursery
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Role: Early Years Practitioner 

Salary: £21,672 (which equates to £10.39 per hour)

Perks: We have some of the best employment terms and benefits package in the sector, including generous leave entitlement, paid time off to deal with family emergencies and paid maternity leave – as well as lots of benefits to save you and your family money and to save for your future. Check out more on our careers portal.

Contract/Hours: Permanent Full Time (Working 40 hours per week)

Location: Medmenham, Buckinghamshire 

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Spring. Spare us five minutes, and we'll tell you what you need to know…

About Spring

We are proud to be part of the Action for Children family, a national children's charity and our success in Spring makes a difference. With over 150 years of experience in caring for children and young people, we are an award-winning quality and ethical provider. Any profit we make is aligned to support vulnerable children and young people in need across the UK, through the work of Action for Children. We believe all children deserve the best early start in life. It's our mission to be the best provider of outstanding quality early education to children throughout the UK, that is accessible to all. We are looking to learn, have fun and make friends in our bright and engaging settings.

As you can imagine, there's no job too small at Spring. In this role, you'll contribute to our mission to give children a healthy start in life, equipping them with the support, knowledge and nurturing they need to thrive, whilst leaving a lasting positive impact.  

We are now looking for an experienced Early Years Practitioner to join our friendly and dedicated team of childcare professionals. 

What you'll be doing

In the role of Early Years Practitioner , you'll be responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating a curriculum appropriate to the age group and individual needs of the child, ensuring room layout and organisation supports these aims and meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

You'll do this by:

  •  Supervising the children and keep our active, flexible nursery environment safe and suited to their needs.
  •  Giving children a wide range of stimulating, safe and well-planned activities.
  •  Creating engaging, fun and informative learning opportunities, helping the children make excellent progress and meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  •  Building solid relationships with parents / carers, families and professionals involved with the children.
  •  Meeting each of the children's individual needs, keeping accurate records and regularly communicating with parents / carers.
  •  Having a positive attitude, making everyday count for the children in our care.

What we need from you

Our successful candidate will have an enthusiastic and pro-active mindset with a positive attitude and a passion for childcare.  Our Job Description for the Early Years Practitioner outlines the requirements of the role, but the ‘must haves' are:

  • Level 2 or 3 early years and childcare qualification e.g. NNEB, CACHE, NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education. 
  • A thorough knowledge of children's developmental needs from 0 to 5 years.
  • Experience working in an early year setting.
  • Strong planning, observation and reflection of children and their learning.
  • Effective communication skills across multiple age groups.

Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life. Given this and how having a diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion and welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Good luck! We can't wait to hear from you.

Application process: There are 5 sections for you to complete, Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration – please refer to the JD and Person Specification when applying. We also want to know what unique qualities you can bring to help us reach our vision for children and families.

Talent pool: We're sure you've got what it takes to join our ambitious team. If you're unsuccessful this time around, we'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up that you might be better suited for. But, feel free to let us know if you'd rather we didn't do that.

If you need support with your application, please contact Sam Richardson on 01923 361737 or  We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

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