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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.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Applications are welcomed irrespective of sex, race, creed, disability or age.
WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER.

Knowledge
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

• NNEB

• 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.

Experience
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.

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