Job Vacancies

We have an opportunity for a qualified pre-school assistant to join our friendly, fun and caring team at our expanding pre-school. Please apply by the latest: 13th August. Please send your CV to our e-mail address below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Start date: 2nd September 2021

Days / hours: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 8.30am-12.30pm

Job description: Pre-School  Assistant

Ready Steady Grow Pre-School, St Mary’s Church, Worlds End Lane, Green Street Green, Kent BR6 6AG     Tel: 07876 480617     E-mail: info@readysteadygrowpreschool.co.uk

Job title:                     Assistant

Responsible to:            Manager

Purpose of the job:    To work as a key person and as part of the pre-school team under the direction of the manager. To provide safe, high quality education and care for young children which meets the individual needs of children attending the setting.

Safeguarding requirement: Ready Steady Grow Pre-School  is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation.

Main duties

  • To assist with the planning of the curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for guidance.
  • To help to set up for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session.
  • To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely and building an effective relationship with parents/carers and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met.
  • To work in partnership with parents/carers and other family members.
  • To advise the Manager of any concerns, e.g. health and well-being of children, parents or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
  • To take action to support the setting to achieve and maintain a minimum good Ofsted rating at the next inspection.
  • To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulating play experiences.
  • To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand when to follow child protection procedures.
  • To support meal times within the setting.
  • To actively participate at team meetings, supervision meetings and appraisal meetings.
  • To attend training courses as required and to take responsibility for personal development.
  • To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is acquired as part of the job.
  • To be aware of and adhere to all the setting’s policies and procedures (including those relating to confidentiality, equality and diversity, health and safety, fire precautions, dropping off and collection of children, food safety, cleanliness of the setting, safeguarding, setting hygiene and whistleblowing. This is not an exhaustive list of the setting’s procedures).
  • To ensure that adequate records are kept and updated regularly.
  • To promote the setting to current parents and potential customers.
  • To comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the line manager. The post holder is also expected to be flexible and adaptable in their approach to fulfilling their duties.

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • Willingness to learn and undertake further training.
  • Knowledge of child development from birth to five years.
  • Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
  • An awareness of safeguarding and child protection procedures.
  • Good communication skills.
  • An understanding of play-based approaches to children’s learning and development.
  • A commitment to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities.
  • A commitment to working effectively with young children and families.
  • A friendly and flexible approach at work which facilitates the development of effective relationships.

Desirable criteria

  • Previous experience of working with young children
  • Level 2 or above early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent
  • Current Paediatric First Aid qualification.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.