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Early Years Practitioner (Unqualified)

Spring Nurseries by Action for Children
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
£9.50 per hour (Dependant on age, under 21 years - £6.83, 21-22 years - £9.18 and 23+ £9.50)
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Part Time
Assistant, Support Staff, Play Work
Charity, Nursery
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Role: Early Years Practitioner (Unqualified)

Salary: Up to £9.50 per hour (Dependant on age, under 21 years - £6.83, 21-22 years -  £9.18 and 23+ £9.50)

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 Part Time (working 10 hrs per week)

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Closing date: Midnight on 27th June 2022

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.

Spring RAF Shawbury is a unique and homely 52 place Nursery.  Offering funded 2,3,4 year places. Catering for Military and nonmilitary children from 3 months to school leaving age. With friendly and welcoming staff who are highly qualified, and passionate about the children's development. We are looking for a confident Early Years Lunchtime Assistant to join our nursery, It goes without saying that you love being around children and will have the ambition to make a direct and positive impact on their young lives.

Your Career Journey

We believe in our people and as member of our family you will be supported to be the best practitioner you can be. You will follow our internal development programmes and we will provide full training. We will help you to build your career with us by funding you to get qualified while you are working with us – helping you to quickly grow, fulfil your potential and develop your career with us.

What you'll be doing

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Early Years Assistant to join our team at Spring RAF Shawbury to provide a safe, caring, fun and stimulating environment to the children who come through our doors. When you join us, you will be part of a passionate and creative team committed to giving the highest standards of care and education and helping children to find their feet – making friends, having fun and sparking their imaginations through play.

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 every day 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 have the ability to form strong and supportive relationships with parents, children and the team. Our Job Description outlines the requirements of the role, but the ‘must haves' are:

  • A passion to learn and develop whether you are new to the sector or an experienced practitioner.
  • Experience working with children in an early years or childcare environment.
  • Understanding of children's emotional, physical, psychological, and educational developmental needs from 0 to 5 years
  • A positive attitude with an unwavering commitment to service excellence to allow us   to maintain our high standards
  • A willingness to complete further childcare training & qualifications

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 Shannon Neander 01923 361518 or We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

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