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Job Title Nursery Assistant

Responsible to: Nursery Manager

Responsible for: -

Job Purpose

To support the development, within the aims and objectives of the Cedarwood Trust, of a community focussed Nursery. To deliver safe, high quality education and care for nursery children. To support the fulfilment of legal and statutory requirements. To work within a committed team of Nursery Staff. To adhere to nursery policies. To support the Manager in ensuring that all statutory, legal and setting obligations are followed and met.

Duties and Responsibilities

To contribute a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children placed in the Nursery.

To give support to other personnel within the Nursery.

To implement the daily routine in the base room.

To contribute to a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in your area, in conjunction with other staff.

Support all staff and engage in an outstanding and innovative staff team.

Liaise with and support parents and other family members.

To attend out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly staff meetings, parent's evenings, summer fayre, Christmas party, etc.

To be flexible within working practices of Nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, 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 philosophy behind the project is fulfilled.

Recording accidents in the accident book.

Look upon the Nursery as a "whole", where can your help be most utilised, be constantly aware of the needs of children.

Ensure child is collected by someone known to Nursery.

Preparation and completion of activities to suite the child's stage of development.

To ensure mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing.

Washing and changing children as required.

Providing comfort and warmth to a poorly child.

To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development.

To be aware of the high profile of the Nursery and to uphold it's standards at all times.


Applications are welcomed irrespective of sex, race, creed, disability or age.

We are looking for a person who is experienced in working with children under five years of age. Accepted qualifications:
• NVQ Level 2/3

• B Tec Nursery Nursing


• PLA Diploma in pre-school practice
Willingness to undertake additional training is necessary.
Knowledge of the particular requirements of pastoral care and of the issues facing residents of the Meadow Well Estate, particularly those who have experienced difficulty or challenges.

The ideal candidate will have worked in an Ofsted “Outstanding” Setting
Experience of working with children aged 0-5 years

First Aid Qualification - desirable

Basic Food and Hygiene Certificate - desirable

Abilities and Skills
You will have a professional and mature approach to work.

You will need to be flexible in relation to your working hours

Reliable and conscientious in your care of the children

You will need to be an effective team member.

You will have an understanding of the need to provide a stimulating, caring and consistent environment for children.

Be prepared to undertake additional training, i.e. Child Protection, Equal Opportunities.

You will need to be aware of the importance of working within set policies and guidelines.

Be able to work as part of a professional Childcare team.

Have a clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality

Have an understanding of children's needs and behaviour

The ability to set appropriate limits for children

To be able to help children respect people of different race, ability, gender, religion and culture.

To be motivated and to motivate the children and staff.

The ability to develop imaginative ideas

To engender trust in the children and colleagues

The ability to form caring and trusting relationships with the children and their families

The ability to behave consistently in a caring and relaxed manner with the children

Encourage children to respect others

To be able to understand and meet the needs of individual children and their families

Resilience and able to deal with the pressures parents, family relationships and communities bring.
Be enthusiastic, innovative, energetic and able to motivate others.

Supportive of the Aims and Purposes of the Cedarwood Trust.


Nursery Manager
Cedarwood Trust – North Shields
starting at £23,500 a year

The Cedarwood Trust aim to open a new Community Based Nursery on the Meadow Well Estate of North Tyneside in September 2017. We are looking to recruit a Nursery Manager for the day-to-day running of the Nursery. You will lead and develop our small team to maintain high quality care and learning outcomes for our children and families. This role is ideally suited to an existing childcare setting Manager looking for a new challenge or an experienced Deputy Manager looking for a promotion.

The Trust is committed to excellence and seeks a Manager who has the experience and ability to deliver an Outstanding Nursery, initially for 2 to 4 year olds, within our community setting.

"Every child matters and every child learns at a completely different pace" is the ethos at this nursery. We are committed to bridging the gap so that every child has the best possible start at primary school.

Applicants should have a minimum level 3 Early Years qualification, supported by at least three years experience of working with children. You should have extensive knowledge of working within and implementing the EYFS statutory framework. A relevant Foundation Degree, HND, Degree in Early Years, Childcare, Child Development or related subject would be highly desirable.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you please forward us your most up to date cv, including three references, and a covering letter which outlines your suitability for the post.

Phil McGrath, Chief Executive,

Cedarwood Trust, Avon Avenue, Meadow Well, North Shields. NE29 7QT

Tel 0191 2590245 email


Job Title Nursery Manager

Responsible to: Chief Executive

Responsible for: Up to 5 employed staff, 5 sessional staff and 5 students/ volunteers

Job Purpose

To develop and manage, within the aims and objectives of the Cedarwood Trust, a community focussed Nursery. To provide safe, high quality education and care for nursery children. To fulfil legal and statutory requirements. To lead and manage staff on a day-to-day basis. To contribute to and to implement nursery policies. To ensure that all statutory, legal and setting obligations are followed and met.

Duties and Responsibilities

To be responsible for and to oversee the day to day management, staffing, organisation and smooth running of the Nursery

To be responsible for the strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and development of the Nursery

To be responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe acceptable standard of practice that meets OFSTED criteria.

To ensure quality standards, including the implementation of all relevant legislation, policies and procedures.

To ensure that the Safeguarding practices of the Nursery are of an outstanding standard.

To be responsible at all times for high standards of care and education of children, initially, between 2 and 4 years in accordance with statutory requirements

To ensure the EYFS is promoted and delivered within the setting and the principles adhered to

To be accountable and responsible for day to day financial systems directly relating to the Nursery provision

To ensure the national standards for the registration of childcare are maintained at all times.

To implement the Nursery’s Equal Opportunities Policy in all aspects of the Nursery and other childcare services.

To take responsibility for quality assurance and compliance with all applicable legislation, including Health and Safety within the Nursery environment.

To work in partnership with the Early Years Department, local childcare/educational providers, health providers, Sure Start and other providers.

To establish and maintain effective working relationships with partner agencies providing services within the area.

To be responsible for the admissions in line with the admissions policy

To keep a register and up to date records of all children using the Nursery and to give regular feedback to parents about their child's development and progress

To be responsible for organising training and monitoring students in the Nursery provision

To develop and maintain monitoring records of all aspects of the work and to prepare reports for the Board of Trustees

To receive and deal with complaints positively in accordance with procedures.

To represent the Cedarwood Trust at relevant community meetings and activities

To achieve the targets set for occupancy levels by managing capacity, reviewing numbers of children attending and following up enquires promptly to ensure maximum capacity levels are maintained at all times.

To ensure a register of assets is maintained.

To produce reports and statistical information as required, maintaining high standards of accuracy and confidentiality in record-keeping.

To participate in the evaluation of the services offered at the Nursery.

Scope and Limits of Authority

The postholder has overall responsibility for a staff team of up to 5 and an additional 5 sessional staff.

The Cedarwood Trust provides a number of community services within the District, working closely with external agencies in the voluntary and public sectors.

The postholder takes the lead on the implementation of new initiatives that contact parents and the wider community within the Meadow Well Estate and encourage their participation in the Cedarwood Trust Nursery.

The nature of the post means that the postholder is not closely supervised but is expected to work in consultation with other members of the team and the Chief Executive.

The postholder also takes on task specific supervision of of volunteers and student placements.


The ideal candidate will be expected to provide high quality, flexible childcare for families from the local communities.

In addition you will:

Oversee all operations to the highest standards, ensuring that the best possible environment and care are provided for young children.


Minimum of Level 3 trained in Early years with 2 years management or team leading experience

Have knowledge of the foundation stage curriculum

Have knowledge of relevant legislation and the ability to develop policies/procedures consistent with legislation, best practise and the inspection process for the day care setting

Understanding of health and safety legislation, particularly in relation to Nursery provision

Knowledge of the particular requirements of pastoral care and of the issues facing residents of the Meadow Well Estate, particularly those who have experienced difficulty or challenges.


Have a minimum of 3 years' experience post qualifying of which at least 2 must involve managing and supervising staff.

The ideal candidate will have worked in an Ofsted “Outstanding” Setting

Abilities and Skills

Have the ability to communicate confidently with a wide range of people.

Resilience and able to deal with the pressures parents, family relationships and communities bring.

Be enthusiastic, innovative, energetic and able to motivate others.

Managing a staff team, in particular recruitment, development and appraisal

Have a warm and caring personality - friendly and approachable for both staff members and families.

Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular ability to network and develop relationships with parents and the wider community and build links with other agencies.

Ability to work as part of a team.

Willingness to undertake appropriate training and education as part of a commitment to continued professional development.

Ability to develop appropriate promotional/marketing strategy/activities

Commitment to working within an equal opportunity framework.

Supportive of the Aims and Purposes of the Cedarwood Trust.

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Great News

Great News:

The Trust has finally agreed terms with the Local Authority to purchase the former Avenue Centre as the new base for the Cedarwood Trust.

We are delighted to have completed this transaction and aim to be operational in the Avenue before Christmas. We will keep you updated on this as we progress the work but we can announce that the building will eventually incorporate the following facilities:

  • An Early Years Centre
  • A Nursery
  • A Centre for Older people
  • And a Street Gym.
  • Keep an eye on this site for updates.