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Early Years Lead Practitioner (Maternity Cover)

Alpha Plus Group
Hampstead, London
£35,468 per annum
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

st anthonys

Early Years Lead Practitioner (Maternity Cover)

Closing Date: 07 December 2023

Salary: £35,468 p/a

Contract Type: Full-time

Hours of Work: 8:00am-5:00pm

St Anthony’s School is looking to appoint a maternity Nursery Lead starting in post from March 2024.

The school opened a co-educational nursery in September 2023 for boys and girls aged between 2.5 and 4 years of age. The nursery has already got off to a fantastic start with numbers on roll set to double by January 2024 and further still in April and for next academic year. The facilities are brand new and of a very high specification with plentiful resources.

The Nursery Lead (maternity) will be a professional and experienced EYFS practitioner, ideally holding QTS. They will line manage a Nursery Practitioner and, with growing numbers of children, is likely to be involved in the recruitment of additional staff. The person appointed will work closely with the Head of Reception and the Head of Admissions; they will set very high standards for themselves and the children with a full understanding of the requirements for running a school-based (and academic) nursery.

Main Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to oversee the quality of the early education for the children in the nursery and effectively deliver the group’s high educational standards. This role will focus on promoting teaching and learning to ensure that children progress in their development to achieve their full potential and become ready for school. It is a leadership role that includes:

  • a) setting accurate intentions for the curriculum that has been planned for the children (intent),
  • b) overseeing the implementation and teaching strategies used in the classroom (implementation) and
  • c) measuring the impact of the curriculum to ensure children are progressing in their learning (impact).

This will also ensure that children experience an overall rich curriculum that provides a broad range of learning opportunities to the children that enable them to develop their knowledge and skills as a foundation for good future learning. As well as being an experienced early years’ professional, you will work effectively with the Head and parents to develop positive and effective relationships.

Essential requirements of the post

The post holder must hold EYTS or a graduate early years’ qualification. For applicants with QTS, this should be specific to the Foundation Stage age group. Where this is not the case, the applicant should be able to demonstrate training and recent experience of working at a leadership level with the Foundation Stage age group or should be willing to undertake relevant CPD training.

  • Extensive experience of working with young children, particularly 2-5 year olds
  • Experience of leading teams in delivering high quality early education
  • Experience of working with families, identifying support and working in partnership with them to promote learning
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies and organisations when identifying and meeting the needs of children and families and in response to safeguarding concerns.

For the full job description and person specification, please visit our website via the 'apply' button.


St Anthony's School for Boys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant will need to obtain an enhanced disclosure via the DBS and have DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) clearance. 

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Equal Opportunities

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Application Process

Please click 'Apply Now' to begin your application via the Alpha Plus Careers Site. 

Interviews will take place as and when suitable applications are received, so early applications are encouraged.

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