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Early Years Lead Practitioner (Mat cover)

Inspired Education
Competitive Salary
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

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Early Years Lead Practitioner (Mat cover)

Inspired Education is the leading global group of premium schools, with a portfolio of over 110 premium private schools spanning six continents which utilise proven educational practices from every corner of the globe, ensuring over 85,000 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 25 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.

The working hours are 7:45 - 16:45. The working weeks are term time only but are paid full time.

We are looking to appoint Early Years Lead Practitioner maternity cover for September 2024!

The Ideal Candidate:

  • A dynamic leader with previous experience of leadership in Early Years settings.
  • An experienced, highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic Early Years practitioner.
  • Someone who is committed 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. 


Company info
0207 985 9932
50 Queen Anne Street
United Kingdom

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