Experience Nursery Nurse (Educator)

Sapphires Nursery School
Kingston Upon Thames
11 Feb 2019
14 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Ethos Statement for Staff

The ethos of Sapphires centres on the loving relationship we promise to build with each child, which for the founders is inspired by God’s unconditional love for us. We ask staff to embrace our ethos in the following ways

· To treat every child, parent and employees of Sapphires with dignity and respect, exercising self-control and patience when guiding children’s behaviour and responding to parents and fellow employees

· To be responsible for providing a well-organised and creative curriculum which encourages children to be the best they can be

· To inspire children through the wonder of the natural world, by exploring the outdoors

· To show the joy of human relationships through kind, authentic interaction, emotional sensitivity and plenty of affirming words, praise and smiles

· To teach that kindness to others is a blessing to all and to model this in relationships with children, parents and colleagues

· To be firm, just and consistent when setting clear boundaries with children

· To help children make good choices by considering the impact that their actions have on others and on the physical environment

· To model and encourage gentleness and a willingness to say sorry and forgive each other

· To build partnerships with parents that encourage open, constructive, face to face communications which are in the best interests of their child

· To remind and help children with Sapphires motto to ‘Shine Brightly’ Share, Help, Include and Never Ever give up!

The Directors of the Nursery School will do all they can do to uphold the spirit of the ethos in the discharge of their responsibilities and policies.


· To model the nursery’s Christian Ethos and inspire others to do the same (see Sapphires Ethos attached).

Scope of Position:

· To ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for all children.

· To assist the room leader in providing rich learning opportunities for all children.

· To work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can engage, learn and develop.

Key Responsibilities:


· Develop and maintain good relationships and communications with parents to facilitate day-to-day caring needs.

· To take an active involvement with additional activities such as parent’s evenings, open days, training and staff meetings.

· Undertake certain domestic jobs within nursery, for example; preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment and such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the room leader.

· Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to the role of Nursery Nurse.

· To ensure all information received within nursery is kept strictly confidential.

Teaching and Learning

· Demonstrate a commitment to understanding how children develop.

· To consult with the children and involve them in the planning of resources, activities and the environment.

· Formulate and operate a programme of rich and varied activities that meet the individual learning needs of all children.

· Take responsibility for ‘Key Children’ ensuring their welfare and learning needs are met at all times.

· Keep high quality records of your key children’s learning development through observations to inform future planning.

· Assess the progress of each key child. Monitor any emerging gaps and implement effective interventions with support from the room leader.

· To ensure that meal times are a time of pleasant social sharing by modeling positive behaviours.

· Ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of all children regardless of any disabilities, family backgrounds or medical history.

· Take opportunities to introduce the children to new learning experiences wherever possible.

Health and Safety

· Ensure high standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times.

· Wash and change children as required.

· Report and record all accidents that occur under your supervision.

· Take a shared responsibility for the safety of each individual child. Only allow known and agreed adults to collect the children.

· Ensure poorly children are kept comfortable and warm and parents are notified immediately in order for the child to be collected.

· Ensure Welfare and Safeguarding Children procedures are followed and you know what to 
do in the event of an allegation being made. 

· Be familiar with all emergency procedures.

· Ensure the correct following of the medicine policy at all times.

Person Specification





· A childcare qualification at level 3

· A degree in a relevant childcare qualification

· Early Years Teacher/Qualified Teacher Status

· Paediatric first-aid qualification


· Experience of delivering care and education to young children

· Experience of developing positive relationships with colleagues, parents, and children

· Experience or knowledge of Ofsted requirements

Knowledge & Skills

· Knowledge and understanding of the Children’s Act

· The ability to work on own initiative and prioritise workload

· Knowledge of the EYFS and child development

· UK driving license – full and clean

· Knowledge and understanding of Equal Opportunities

· Excellent organisational abilities

· Awareness of health and safety legislation

· Ability to use a range of IT equipment

· A clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality

· Excellent communication skills

· A passion for working with children

· A willingness to model the school’s Christian Ethos and values through the conduct and responses outlined in the Ethos statement

· Ability to complete paperwork and write reports

Personal Qualities

· Ability to stay calm

· Flexibility

· Ability to cope under pressure

· Willingness to follow instructions

· Willingness to adhere to policy

· Integrity and trustworthiness

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