Senior Early Years Practitioner

  • Nursery.
  • Andover

Senior Early Years Practitioner

Salary: £18720 – £19760/year

Hours: Full time

Job Description of a Senior Early Years Practitioner:

  • Adhere to all company policies & procedures
  • Be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with a small group of children and their families.
  • Promote equal opportunities throughout the nursery.
  • Liaise with the local authority and other professionals associated with the nursery.
  • Assist the Room Leader in promoting equal opportunities throughout the nursery.
  • In the absence of the Room Leader oversee the smooth running and high quality care & education within the room, promoting best practice at all times.
  • In the absence of the Room Leader ensure that staff deployment keeps children safe at all times
  • Complete peer observations on staff and support them to develop their practice and improve outcomes for children
  • Liaise with the local authority and other professionals associated with the nursery.
  • Work alongside parents/carers of children with special needs to achieve full integration within the nursery and support & include children with special needs in all areas of care and development.
  • Liaise with and support parents, carers and other family members.
  • Support all staff and promote a happy staff team.
  • Take all practical and reasonable steps to ensure the safety & wellbeing of all who use the premises.
  • Maintain high levels of confidentiality at all times, including company business and any information regarding children or parents.
  • At all times abide by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and guidelines as laid down by OFSTED and the local authority.
  • Interact with children positively at all times, encouraging appropriate behaviour, social skills and hygiene routines.
  • Undertake certain domestic duties within the nursery i.e. general cleaning and laundry duties when required. • Attend and participate during regular parents’ evenings and staff meetings outside normal working hours.
  • Undertake and participate in a wide variety of training programmes, attend and participate in personal development programmes and appraisals
  • Remain flexible with regard to cover within the nursery, especially during busy periods and contribute as a team member.
  • Lead by example and act as a role model to all staff, students, and volunteers supporting their individual training requirements.
  • Supporting staff completing their level 2 or level 3 diploma

Main Responsibilities of a Senior Early Years Practitioner:

  • Support children with their personal care needs
  • Providing children with quite times to go to sleep
  • Providing social interaction at mealtimes
  • Helping children to feed themselves
  • Setting up the classroom to do an activity
  • Preparing resources & planning activities specific to a child’s developmental needs
  • Completing observations and assessments on children’s development including writing developmental reports
  • Meeting with parents to discuss their child’s development
  • Supervising children on local outings such as walks
  • Keeping children safe and free from harm
  • Safeguarding children

Requirements of a Senior Early Years Practitioner:

  • A minimum of a full and relevant level 3 childcare qualification
  • Strong working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
  • Experience of observing, assessing and planning for children’s learning and development
  • Ability to role model high quality practice
  • Ability to manage a team


  • A Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • 2 years post qualifying experience
  • Supervisory/Leadership experience
  • IT skills

Benefits of the role of Senior Early Years Practitioner:

  • Benefits package including – free weekly coffee, free monthly cinema ticket, a range of other discounts, well-being support & online GP appointments
  • Opportunities for progression – we have a very strong record at promoting internally
  • Opportunities to study for level 2 & 3 leadership qualifications plus level 5 childcare qualifications.
  • Additional 3 days holiday for long service
  • Birthday day off
  • Additional holiday gifted during Christmas closure week
  • Annual staff awards and regular free social events
  • Pension
  • 50% discount for childcare
  • On-site parking

If you would like to find out more about this position, please don’t hesitate to apply!

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