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Early Years Lead Practitioner

Inspired Education
Competitive Salary
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Early Years Lead Practitioner

Location:  London

Inspired Education is the leading global group of premium schools, with a portfolio of over 100 premium private schools spanning six continents which utilise proven educational practices from every corner of the globe, ensuring over 80,000 students receive a world-class learning experience from Kindergarten to Year 13. In addition, we are delighted to be recognised in the top 10 highest value private companies in the UK by Beauhurst.

In over 24 countries, Inspired schools are individually developed and anchored in the vibrant cultures of their respective locations. They collectively form an international family of schools that nurtures each student's academic and personal development in a progressive, dynamic, and innovative learning environment.

By joining our award-winning team of over 12,000 employees, you can work in state-of-the-art facilities alongside industry-renowned educators and leaders in some of the world's most desirable locations. We invest heavily in our team members who enjoy industry-leading professional development, exceptional career opportunities, and mobility across our group.

Role Summary:

Wetherby Pembridge Minors, Holland Park, is a new Nursery which opened in September 2023 which will be part of Wetherby Kensington School. It will prepare pupils for all the Inspired schools in the local area, including Wetherby School, Wetherby Kensington, Pembridge Hall and Chepstow House School. 

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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To be accountable for the delivery of high quality inclusive early education, which is responsive to the needs of children and their families.
  • To lead practice within the classroom. This includes: 
    • establishing and sustaining a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment through the provision of appropriate resources
    • planning a balance of continuous provision and adult-led experiences, 
    • promoting the development of children's prime areas of learning so they provide the right foundations for the development of the specific areas of learning
    • organising learning materials and resources by using them creatively
    • developing children's curiosity, interests and knowledge
  • To monitor systems of  assessment , recording and reporting on the progress in children’s development and learning
  • To ensure that all practitioners understand the principles and content of the Early Years Foundation Stage and know how to put them into practice  
  • To ensure that practitioners have high expectations of all children and demonstrate commitment to ensuring that they can achieve their full potential
  • To influence and shape the policies and practices of the setting and share in collective responsibility for their implementation
  • To ensure that the service delivery is maintained within current legislative requirements including the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements, Health and Safety and Safeguarding and the Learning and Development Requirements.
  • To work in partnership with parents / carers and other family members, providing formal and informal opportunities through which information about children’s well-being, development and learning can be shared to improve their outcomes
  • To contribute to the work of a multi-professional team and, where appropriate, coordinate and implement agreed programmes and interventions on a day-to-day basis
  • To work in partnership with specialist agencies or professionals to ensure the safety and well-being of all children, identifying child or family support needs as necessary
  • To take responsibility for staff professional development including apprentices and sessional staff by role modelling best practice, providing mentoring support sessions 
  • To conduct termly observations of practice and report findings to the Head 
  • To conduct termly monitoring of learning records and feedback to the practitioners about how they can improve the quality of their observations and the accuracy of their assessments.
  • To undertake any other duties as may be appropriate and required from time to time. 


A dynamic leader with previous experience of leadership in Early Years settings. An experienced, highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic Early Years practitioner. Someone who is commited to continuous professional development.Someone who enjoys working as part of a team.

Experience and qualifications:

  • The post holder must have 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 in 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 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

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.


Inspired Education Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practices and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Please note that the position may close prior to the closing date, if we find a suitable candidate before this date.


Company info
0207 985 9932
50 Queen Anne Street
United Kingdom

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