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Nursery Practitioner - Brondesbury Park Synagogue

  • Location: Brondesbury Park
  • Sector: Education
  • Salary: Dependent upon experience
  • Employer: United Synagogue
Brondesbury Park Synagogue Nursery is a warm, friendly, caring nursery and we are looking for a special person to join our team – to commence in April 2019. We are looking for a professional team player who will naturally inspire and motivate our children. Ideally you will be qualified to NVQ2 or above in Early Years Education. 
With good transport links and parking available, the nursery is open 8.30am – 3.45pm (Monday - Thursday) and 8.30am – 1.30pm (Friday)   during term time only. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Job purpose:
To work as part of the nursery team under the direction of the Manager to provide safe, high quality education and care for young children.

Nature & scope:
The Practitioner will support the Manager in the planning and implementation of the curriculum and prepare the necessary resources, materials and equipment required. The role will require the job holder to work with and have collective responsibility for small groups of children as directed by the Manager. Furthermore, the jobholder will build the credibility of the Nursery in order to empower management and staff to fulfil their roles effectively.

Dimensions & limits of authority:
  • To ensure that children are given the appropriate level of support and stimulation to ensure that all areas of the EYFS are covered to each child’s own stage of development
  • To keep information obtained regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is learned as part of the job, strictly confidential
  • To advise the Manager of any concerns relating to a child, parents or the safety of equipment, whilst preserving confidentiality at all times
  • To attend training courses where deemed appropriate by the Manager including those outside of nursery hours
  • To attend all relevant INSET sessions, staff and governors meetings and open evenings
Duties & responsibilities: 
Understands and delivers a programme that leads to organisational success.
  • To help prepare and fully set out the Nursery before the children arrive and tidy it up after they leave
  • To take responsibility for the general welfare of children e.g. assisting them where necessary in the cloakroom area, toilets, changing nappies, mealtimes and the supervision of indoor and outdoor play
  • To have knowledge and understanding of child protection laws and responsibilities and equal opportunities within the nursery setting
  • To deal with children in a caring and loving way by taking a sympathetic and reassuring approach at all times
  • To comply with all aspects of the Nursery’s health and safety policy and inform the Manager of any matters that may have arisen during the working day
  • To foster and maintain appropriate working relationships with colleagues peers and parent in all aspects
  • To contribute towards an attractive and stimulating educational environment for the development of children in line with the EYFS
  • To support the first aider and look after sick children in consultation with the Manager
  • To attend educational visits at the request of the Nursery Manager
  • To teach and support the children in all areas of the EYFS and to give the appropriate credible professional advice as and when required
  • To assist with the evaluation of the programme as part of an evaluation team to ensure the effectiveness of the Nursery.
  • To assist with regular written observations and assessment of the children and to meet with parents together with other team members to discuss the progress of the children
  • Ensure records are kept up to date on both computerised and paper filing systems
Quality and operational standards:
  • Ensures that work that is produced is of a high standard and meets the Nursery’s key performance indicators
  • Report on key performance indicators to the Manager as required
  • Provide metrics for reporting to Governors and supporting managers in the planning process
  • Builds the credibility of the Nursery to empower staff and managers to fulfil their roles effectively
  • Share with others and communicate success stories
  • Personally demonstrate the organisation’s values building trust with managers and staff within Nursery and proactively contributing to the organisation’s success
  • Be proactive in identifying opportunities for own professional development
Person specification:
  • Substantial experience working with children aged 2+
  • Qualified to NVQ Level 2, 3 or equivalent
  • A good understanding and knowledge of Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • To work in a professional manner and develop effective working relationships with manages, colleagues and Synagogue Representatives at all times
  • Proven experience as a proactive team member contributing to the success of the wider team and organisational goals
  • Keep all information relating to the Kindergarten confidential
  • Empathy with The United Synagogue’s mission and purpose
  • Paediatric first aid certificate (desirable)
  • Experience of learning and development (desirable)
  • Knowledge of Jewish customs and practices (desirable) 
Generic duties:
  • Committed to the aims of the United Synagogue and act as an ambassador for the organisation
  • Comply with The United Synagogue’s policy and procedures and code of expectations
  • Bring to the attention of senior staff any health and safety requirements, which become obvious. In the event of any immediate danger, to take the appropriate action to reduce risk to physical danger to employees, members, contractors, volunteers, children, parents, visitors or staff
  • Work collaboratively with other colleagues across the organisation to ensure the United Synagogue can achieve its vision, mission, and strategy
  • Undertake appropriate training as requested by your line manager in conjunction with the Human Resources Department and be committed to own continuous professional development
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Chief Executive or other designated senior staff/undertaking such other duties that occasionally fall within the purpose of the post
  • Maintaining high levels of discretion and confidentiality at all times
  • This job description and person specification is not prescriptive; it merely outlines the key tasks and responsibilities of the post and the key tasks and responsibilities are subject to change, any changes will be made in consultation with the post holder