SENIOR NURSERY PRACTITIONER

Recruiter
Little Owls Day Nursery
Location
Peterborough
Salary
Competitive
Posted
08 Aug 2017
Expires
18 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
SENIOR NURSERY PRACTITIONER

Job Description and Person Specification

Job Title: Senior Nursery Nurse

Reports to: Nursery Manager & Deputy Manager

Responsibilities:

Being a key holder and have responsibility for unlocking and locking the nursery particularly in the absence of one of the management team
Carry out specific management tasks as delegated by the Nursery Manager
On occasions act as the Duty Manager where necessary
Take part in delivering the highest standards of care throughout the nursery as detailed in the childcare audit and OFSTED inspections
Demonstrate a commitment to the Company's Core Values in all work undertaken
Be a "key-person" as appropriate, having responsibility for overall child's welfare and parent partnerships
Liaise with outside agencies such as Early Years Advisors and Health Visitors for the benefit of the children and nursery
Observe each child's progress and report on achievements and assist in maintaining records of each child's day to day activities and development for parents using learning journeys
Develop positive relationships with parents/carer
Lead the supervision of children at play (indoors and outdoors) and at mealtimes
Lead the delivery of the EYFS framework
Lead the planning and development of inspiring, enabling environments where children initiate play
Complete daily checklists as required, such as room opening and close, outdoor, bathroom and kitchen checklists
Take a lead role in helping to provide an environment where children value and respect different cultures, religion, language and disability and ensure that toys and games reflect this within the setting
Ensure Welfare and Safeguarding Children procedures are followed and you know what to do in the event of an allegation being made
Demonstrate a commitment to understanding how children develop
Be involved in fundraising events, assist with the promotion of the nursery, attend training events, open evenings and staff meetings and parents evenings
Undertake domestic jobs within the Nursery, such as preparation of snacks, cleaning of equipment and nursery rooms
Ensure that you understand and follow the companies policies and procedures, specifically Childcare, Employee Handbook, Health and Safety and Training
Be in tune with and meet children's individual needs at all times
Ensure every child feels safe and secure and that regular headcounts are completed when moving children around the nursery

Undertake a shared responsibility for Health, Safety and cleanliness throughout the Nursery
Ensure the general cleanliness of the children at all times, this includes noses, faces, toileting and clothing care
Lead the operation of the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the bedding, nappy changing and food service areas
Be familiar with all emergency and security procedures, e.g. fire procedures, routines for dropping of and collecting children and marking the register
Ensure the correct following of the medicine policy at all times
To be responsible for recording accidents in the accident book
Carry out reasonable tasks as requested by your manager

Person Specification:

Qualifications

Essential:

A relevant childcare qualification for the role
A valid paediatric first aid certificate

Desirable:

A valid food hygiene certificate
Hold a full UK driving licence

Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

Experience of working with children aged 0-5 years
Experience of providing care to children and recognising their individual needs
Experience of working in line with the EYFS framework and requirements.
Experience of working with children with additional needs
Experience of record keeping, planning and report writing
Experience of effectively supervising, motivating and leading a team
Knowledge and understanding of Equal Opportunities
Knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace
Knowledge and understanding of the importance of confidentiality
Knowledge and understanding of the EYFS statutory framework and children's development
Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding children obligations

Desirable:

Experienced in increasing occupancy levels within a nursery
Experienced in OFSTED inspections and requirements

Skills

Essential:

A competent level of literacy and numeracy
Ability to communicate and engage effectively with children, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals
Strong organisational ability
Competent user of IT systems, including nursery software packages
Able to prioritise workload
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
Ability to manage difficult situation
Ability to solve problems quickly and make accurate decisions

Desirable:

Demonstrates creative flare

Behaviours

Essential:

Be approachable, caring and have a passion for working with children
Be a reliable member of the team, working co-operatively with flexibility
Be prepared to undertake professional development as required
Demonstrates a high level of honesty and integrity
Ability to form warm relationships
Is smart in appearance
Demonstrates a consistent drive for results