Footprints is a fun and stimulating environment for children with a warm and friendly atmosphere. We place a high emphasis on learning through play and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
We are a part of Ashford Play Centre Ltd and share our premises with our sister company Imagine Soft Play Arena. We have distinct and individual rooms for all ages and activities, including a large garden of approximately 1 acre.
We encourage our children to be self-confident and independent. We develop social skills and promote sharing, taking turns and being generally thoughtful and caring towards others. We are active members of the national project, Every Child A Talker (ECAT), promoting early speech, language and communication.
Children can start with us from as young as 3 months and stay with us until they are ready for primary school.
Description of Vacancy
Purpose of Post
To be trained to undertake the same responsibilities as Nursery Assistant
To contribute to a high-quality caring environment for children. This includes creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally through individual attention and group activities
To work with children
To comply with all the organisation’s policies and procedures, with specific reference to the Safeguarding Policy at all times
To attend training as required and complete all assignments set
To work as part of the staff team
To liaise with mentor
Duties and Responsibilities
Work (under supervision) with children in the Setting to provide all aspects of care and supporting learning opportunities
Undertake training to obtain recognised qualifications, including completing assignments on time and attending all college sessions/tutorials (if applicable)
Uphold standards within the Setting by adhering to all policies and procedures
Strive to safeguard children by working to the organisation’s safeguarding Code of Conduct
Assist with meeting the personal and emotional needs of individual children
To contribute towards children’s observation records when required
Provide adult interaction with children in the Setting
Know and implement the Setting’s confidentiality policy
To arrive in the Nursery and for training following the correct uniform policy every day
Contribute towards an effective and supportive team environment
Work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the highest standards of care are provided
Attend team meetings and contribute relevant ideas
Attend out of working hours activities eg training, monthly staff meetings, parents/carers evenings, summer fayre, Christmas party – as required
Contribute to high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the Setting
To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature, as may be determined by the trainee’s supervisor from time to time
The trainee’s duties must at all times be carried out in compliance with the Setting’s Equal Opportunities policy
Look upon the Setting as a ‘whole’ where your help can be most utilised, be constantly aware of the needs of children
To respect the confidentiality of information received
To ensure the Setting is a high-quality environment which meets the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development
To be aware of the high profile of the Setting and to uphold its standards at all times
To be aware of all emergency and fire evacuation procedures
To understand that as part of training you will be required to move to other parts of the Setting
To promote and support the Setting’s policies relating to the safeguarding of children and young people within the workplace
£3.70 per hour
30 hours per week – 6 hours a day, 5 days a week with ½ for lunch every day – times to be arranged
Ability to work as a team
Good verbal communication skills
Must enjoy the company of young children
Punctuality and good attendance
Willingness to learn
Good sense of humour
A positive attitude
A-D Maths and English or equivalent
On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard – consisting of the Intermediate NVQ Level, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills if appropriate.
Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.
The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.
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