Lead Early Years Educator

Job Details

About The Role

Web Link to Setting: https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/foxcubs-nursery

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Lead Early Years Educator to join our team at Foxcubs Nursery in Luton.  Rated Outstanding by Ofsted and 9.8 on Day Nurseries.

We are looking for a skilled lead early years educator, who will be a role model and enable the team to deliver high quality inclusive early years education and care.

What we offer:
We are proud to be part of the Early Years Alliance family of early years settings. Founded over 60 years ago, the Alliance is an educational charity dedicated to supporting the delivery of quality early years education and care to children and families,

The Alliance prides itself on being a supportive workplace and offers significant benefits for our team members including:

  • Extensive training and career progression planning, including access to our Learning Management System (LMS)
  • The Alliance has invested in FAMILY reducing paper work and giving you more time to focus on the children.
  • 50% discount on childcare places
  • A generous workplace pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, with additional annual leave for long service.
  • Birthday leave so you can have a day off for your birthday dedicated to you and your well being
  • Enhanced sickness pay and paid bereavement leave
  • A Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme, giving you an introductory payment of up to £300 if someone you have referred to the Alliance takes up a role in the charity.
  • Vitality membership wellness and fitness app – including lots of great health benefits, rewards, telephone and face to face counselling
  • Savings of up to 25% on O2 Refresh Airtime Plan on any new phone or tablets
  • A dedicated mental health First aider to support your mental well being

Job purpose:

As the Lead Early Years Educator, you will:

  • lead a team enabling them to provide creative and engaging learning opportunities for children.
  • be a role model for the wider staff team, modelling sensitive and responsive interaction and extending children’s learning
  • be a proactive member of the team, providing a safe, stimulating, and inclusive environment
  • support the nursery management team to deliver high-quality care and education in line with the setting’s policies and procedures.
  • be responsible for curriculum planning within the setting
  • oversee the setting in the absence of the Assistant Manager and Manager.


Successful applicants for the Lead Early Years Educator position will need: 

  • a minimum Level 3 Early Years Education and Childcare qualification or equivalent.
  • post-qualification experience in working in early education and childcare
  • a sound understanding of child development and children’s needs with an ability to plan and implement the curriculum in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage, taking into account the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice, safeguarding procedures and equality and diversity considerations

You will also be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check if your current certificate is not subscribed to the update service.
For the full list of duties and the requirements, please download the job description and person specification which accompanies this advert.
Hours per week: 32.5
Weeks per year: 39

Virtual interview date: 7th September 2022

Please note our virtual interviews take place via Microsoft Teams, so you may need to download this app prior to your interview.

About The Service
The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and equal opportunities in employment. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding and equal opportunities across the whole organisation. 



Core values

The Alliance believes that the well-being and achievement of children should be a key priority for society. We will work at local, regional and national levels with policy makers, parents, practitioners and children to achieve this end.  The Alliance works on a not for profit basis, independent of political or other influences through inclusive and democratic principles.

What we offer:

At the Early Years Alliance staff wellbeing is a key priority and we believe in offering a range of initiatives that support all of our staff:

  • Support from a Childcare Operations Manager
  • Access to a Learning Management System (LMS), 3 training days a year, plus personalised training plans for employees
  • Family Friendly Policies, workplace pension scheme
  • Nursery Management Information System (Family) to reduce paperwork, and central admin support
  • Microsoft Office 365 Teams, SharePoint and online support
  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, additional annual leave for long service
  • Enhanced sickness pay and paid bereavement leave
  • Access to qualified Mental Health First Aiders and a wide range of wellbeing support
  • Attendance to a National Conference, team social events and uniform
  • Can save up to 25% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02
  • Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme - an introduction payment of up to £100
  • 10% discount on childcare places


Find Us
Early Years Alliance
50 Featherstone Street
United Kingdom

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