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Early Years Lead Practitioner (Maternity Cover)

Alpha Plus Group
Hampstead, London
£40,000 per annum
Closing date
16 Feb 2024

st anthonys

Early Years Lead Practitioner (Maternity Cover)

Closing Date: 16 February 2024

School/College/Nursery/Head Office: St Anthony's School for Boys

Salary: £40,000 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.

Job Description

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.

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

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  

Knowledge and Understanding

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the EYFS, Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and relevant current legislation
  • A good understanding of the developmental needs of young children, 2 to 5 year olds
  • A good understanding of what constitutes a quality early education environment
  • An up-to-date knowledge and understanding of safeguarding requirements and procedures
  • A good understanding of making accurate assessments of children’s learning and development and devising appropriate next steps for their learning
  • A commitment to inclusive and non-discriminatory working practice with children, families, colleagues and the community. 

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to design and develop early education environments and programmes and built on the children’s interests and the characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Flexibility, initiative and the ability to vary and structure the curriculum according to children’s needs
  • Good observational skills and the experience to support staff in knowing when and how best to intervene to support children’s learning, development and interactions
  • Ability to communicate with colleagues and parents effectively
  • Active listening skills
  • Good ICT skills that will allow the candidate to use effective e-monitoring systems  

Note: This job description is indicative of the duties and responsibilities of the post but does not form part of any contract of employment. All jobs within the school evolve over time and their features vary from year to year.


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. 

Please click the link below for further information on employing Ex-Offenders: Policy on employment of ex-offenders.pdf (

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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