Name of Organisation: Little Learners Nursery
Job title: Forest school Nursery Practitioner
Closing date for applications: 17/05/19
Salary: £17,748 – £24,342
Location: Walthamstow

Explain how applicants should contact you / apply: Contact Alison Brown
Telephone: 0208 5200612 ext 11

Job description: Job Purpose: To be a proactive member of a staff team who provides a safe, stimulating and inclusive environment in which babies and young children are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential and to promote the Forest School and Outdoor Learning ethos. Little learners nursery group is committed to safeguarding. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and as such employees must uphold all aspects of safeguarding.

Main responsibilities and duties.

Support for pupils

  • Supervise and provide particular support for children (including those with special needs) ensuring their safety and access to learning.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour plans and Personal Care programmes.
  • Be involved in the planning, preparation, and completion of activities to suit each individual child\’s stage of development and interests under the guidance of the room leader/deputy manager.
  • Encourage children to interact with one another and engage in play and activities.
  • To ensure that clean and hygienic standards are maintained at all times. This includes daily cleaning rotas, nappy changing, potty training and other nursery housekeeping duties.
  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing.
  • Ensuring any sick children are kept calm and warm and management is notified immediately.
  • Ensure you adequately supervise the children not leaving the room or outside area out of ratio.
  • Uphold all safeguarding policies and procedures

Support for teacher/room leader

  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils.
  • To promote the Forest School and Outdoor Learning ethos.
  • Act as a key worker to a designated group of children under the guidance of the teacher/room leader. Supporting children in their personal, social and emotional development, liaising with parents/carers and ensuring learning is tailored to meet individual needs.
  • To contribute to records of key children’s development and learning journeys and share this with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life.
  • To contribute to all record keeping within your designated area including sleep charts, accident forms, daily record sheets and any other forms/records required for the child’s welfare, learning, and development.
  • Assist in the planning of learning activities.
  • Use strategies in liaison with the teacher/room leader, to support children achieving their learning goals.
  • Monitor pupils responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/progress as directed.
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers/room leaders on pupil’s progress, achievement, welfare, etc…
  • Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour when it is age appropriate.
  • To develop and maintain strong partnerships and communications with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs.
  • Ensure someone known and agreed by the nursery and parent collects the child.
  • Prepare snacks, meals, and drinks for pupils following food hygiene guidelines.
  • Provide clerical/admin support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money, etc.

Support for the curriculum

  • To contribute to a programme of activities that meet the individual needs and interests of children in your area and adjust activities according to pupil’s responses.
  • To support the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children regardless of any disabilities, family backgrounds or medical history.
  • Prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher/room leader and assist pupils in their use.

Support for the school

  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • To support the Christian ethos of the school.
  • Engage in good team working.
  • To be flexible within working practices of the nursery. Be prepared to help where needed in the EYFS provision, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, etc.
  • Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the nursery’s philosophy is fulfilled.
  • Attend relevant meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • To understand and respect the need for consistency of care for the children – report for duty on time, maintain regular attendance, give appropriate notice of holiday requests and report non-attendance through sickness promptly and appropriately.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • To respect the confidentiality of all information received.
  • Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role as deemed appropriate by the Manager.
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes and holiday schemes.
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required.

*Little learners will provide training and induction which is a compulsory part of the role.

Person specification: 1.          Experience

  • 1.1       Working with or caring for children in the EYFS age range
  1. Qualifications
  • 2.1       Good numeracy/literacy skills
  • 2.2       At least a level NVQ 2 for Teaching Assistants or recognised by the DFE as full and relevant for the EYFS.
  • 2.3       Training in the relevant learning strategies e.g. literacy
  1. Knowledge, Skills, and abilities
  • 3.1       Understanding and skills appropriate for working with younger children.
  • 3.2       Reasonable word processing skills
  • 3.3       Use of other equipment technology – video, photocopier
  • 3.4       Understanding of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation
  • 3.5       General understanding of national/foundation stage curriculum and other basic learning programmes/strategies
  • 3.6       Basic understanding of child development and learning
  • 3.7       Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities
  • 3.8       Ability to relate well to children and adults
  • 3.9       Work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
  • 3.10     Knowledge and ability to use ICT effectively to support learning

N.B. These details comprise the main responsibilities of the post but they should not be assumed to be the complete list of duties. The appointed person will work as reasonably directed by the Manager or Principal.

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