Under 2’s Team leader/Teacher

Willows pre-school
Colliers Wood, London
17 Jun 2017
17 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Responsible to: Room leader

Purpose of the job

To work as a key person and as part of the under 3’s team with the direction of the room leader and manager to provide safe, high quality education and care for young children.

Willows is looking for a new under 2’s teacher, bringing with them enthusiasm, passion and a profound understanding of how children learn. Willows helps children develop the qualities and characteristics that go beyond academic success. Resilience, patience and lateral thinking are the skills needed to successfully achieve a happy, creative life. Are you able to engage young children in an active and fun manner? Be a positive role model and understand the prime areas of learning set out within the EYFS which underpin the practice and core values within this age group?

Main duties

  • To assist with the planning of the curriculum, implementing the EYFS (Early year’s foundation stage curriculum) with the aim of enabling and encouraging the intellectual, emotional and social development of the children. Willows main aim is to prepare all children to be school ready with a particular focus to the prime areas of learning.
  • Monitoring the children’s progress observations and updating the children’s profiles regularly.
  • To undertake daily risk assessments and set up according to daily/weekly planning, ensuring that all resources/materials are age appropriate.
  • To act as a key person to a group of children, liaising closely with parents/carers and ensuring each child's needs are recognised and met accordingly. Communicate with parents on a daily/weekly basis via the communication book and take part in a bi-annual parents evening as well as parent workshops.
  • To advice the room leader and/or manager of any concerns regarding child protection, wellbeing, special educational needs, parents/carers or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
  • To be aware of any special educational needs a child may have and to familiarise oneself with any relevant documents regarding a child’s learning and liaising with the setting’s SENCo as needed.
  • To attend the occasional Saturday’s to participate in parent workshops & sports days, staff meetings are once a month after work at 6pm, which staff are obliged to attend and get paid additionally for this. Parents evening take place bi-annually during the week and start at 5pm.
  • To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families, staff and the setting.
  • To keep up-to-date with current practice, and to attend on going training.
  • To adhere to all of Willows policies. All staff must read all policies prior to starting their role and sign to acknowledge.

NB: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders, which have been made against them or are pending.

Person specification and essential criteria:

  • Personable and willingness to learn.
  • Thorough understanding of the EYFS specifically the prime areas of learning.
  • Very good knowledge and understanding of observation and planning methods.
  • Friendly, adaptable and able to work as part of a team whilst also using initiative.
  • Excellent communicator with both parents and staff.
  • A degree level candidate, and willing to continue with their on-going professional development.
  • A satisfactory enhanced DBS check which confirms suitability to work with children.