Position: Nursery Assistant
Salary Banding: £16,320 - £18,650 per annum(dependent on qualification/s and experience)
Hours: Full time / Permanent / Mon-Fri (11-3) / 20 hours
Location: Winchester, Hampshire.
We are currently recruiting for a passionate Nursery Assistant to join our wonderful Bright Horizons Winchester Day Nursery, on a part time basis working 20 hours a week. Our nursery is situated in Winchester, Hampshire and is less than ten minutes' walk from Winchester train station.
Winchester nursery has a beautiful garden with plenty of space for children to develop their balance, strength and motor skills. We have a large tree house, a sand pit, a mud kitchen for creative messy play and raised beds for gardening.
As a Nursery Assistant working with us, you can expect a competitive salary, excellent training and development as well as a caring and passionate place to work.
Purpose of Role:
This role will be key in delivering high quality engagement with children supporting there developmental needs, whilst ensuring the highest levels of supervision is maintained. You must support and maintain our Keeping Everyone Safe policies and procedures and continuously demonstrate and adhere to safe working practices.
Support the observation and assessment standards Bright Beginnings, Bright Horizons curriculum to ensure a child-centred approach. Working in partnership with parents to support the observation and planning process meets the needs of all children in line with the Quality Assurance Framework. Working to ensure service excellence for our current and prospective customers. This includes role modelling behaviour in line our HEART principles and Bright Promise to deliver exceptional care and education.
In addition, this role will work with the room leader together with Early Childhood Specialists to drive continuous improvement and embed inspirational early years pedagogy of the highest standard and secure regulatory compliance with better than National Average inspection outcomes in the UK.
You will support in sharing and articulating the attributes of the Bright Horizons brand, securing Bright Horizons as the provider of choice for families, corporate clients, and employees.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
Deliver the highest care and education standards and ensure secure knowledge and understanding of Policies and Procedures and child development and knowledge of EYFS and Bright Beginning curriculum and regulatory standards.
Ensuring internal policies and procedures and legislation from governing bodies are adhered to and demonstrate your knowledge through high standards of practice.
In line with Bright Horizons UK standards for pedagogy, deliver and support the Bright Beginnings, Bright Horizons curriculum to ensure a child-centred approach to operating all aspects of the nursery, and support the observation and planning process meets the needs of all children in line with the Quality Assurance Framework.
Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication with all stakeholders of the nursery and wider bright horizons community including parent's professionals and colleagues.
Ensure Keeping Everyone Safe policies and procedures and continuously and demonstrate behaviours that underpin a high performing safety culture.
Working as part of the team to ensure all essential day to day tasks are completed in line with the demands of the area you are working within ie. Hygiene standards and room preparation.
Understand the referral processes when necessary to engage with professionals to support a child referral.
Actively promote and support charities including the Bright Horizons Foundation for children
Attend staff meetings and training to ensure a continuation of personal professional development to ensure your knowledge and skills are up to date, full, and relevant to the role of Nursery Assistant.
Promote and follow guidelines implemented for managing behaviour including and supporting children to manage their own feelings.
You have the responsibility to ensure the children you care for are fully supervised and remain safe and well and you lead by example and drive the culture of Safeguarding Children.
Providing strong clear communication and partnership with your team members to ensure you are meeting the needs of all of the children within your care.
Demonstrate a clear understanding of efficient staff deployment and child supervision in line policies and procedures and with regulatory standards.
Supervise and support in the preparation of meal times in line with policies and procedures to ensure high supervision of children is maintained at all times.
Risk assessing all areas a child can access to ensure all areas of the nursery are safe for children and remove any risks identified. Lead by example in daily tasks of keeping children safe ie. picking up coats, sweeping sand from the floor.
Undertake suitable professional development activities and opportunities for personal growth within a culture of self-driven development and expertise in all aspects of nursery development and learning, to maintain a highly effective, motivation and an innovative team member with perspectives of 'best practice'.
Delivery of highest quality Early Childhood practice and experiences for all children in the setting, including those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability, promoting emotional wellbeing by embedding the Bright Horizons early years curriculum.
Fulfil their roles, responsibilities and legislation duty in relation to safeguarding children by ensure that they have read understood and implement the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.
Ensure that they have completed Child Protection training every two years as set out in the Child Protection Policy and that this training impacts on their ability to safeguard the children in their care
Highly motivated and driven, meeting deadlines for children's record keeping and assessments
Completing accurate and effective assessments, which reflect the needs, interests and stages of development of the child by effective delivery of the key person approach.
Undertake regular 121 meetings with families' colleagues and professionals to ensure children within your key person group are meeting their milestones for personal development. To provide support for your colleagues within the nursery and across the broader business when required.
Attendance at staff meetings and training sessions to ensure continuous professional development.
Work experience within the Early Years Sector
Current 12hrs paediatric First Aid Certificate
Experience as a key person
Knowledge of the early year's curriculum and regulatory requirement.
Proven ability to work as part of team to ensure essential day to day tasks are completed in line with nursery demands ie. Hygiene standards and room preparation.
Experience of food preparation and the completion of relevant training linked to food management
Sound understanding of child protection and safeguarding children.
Specific Experience of working within the 0-2years age group in accordance with the regulatory requirements if required
Desire and passion for ongoing learning and personal development
Knowledge of Local Authority and Regulatory requirements and inspection processes across the UK
Working within policies, procedures, and regulatory requirement.
12 hours paediatric first aid (Can be completed as part of induction)
Food Hygiene or equivalent training and compliance in food management (Can be completed as part of induction)
Relevant safeguarding/child protection training undertaken and a willingness to update training regularly (essential)
Able to communicate clearly with adults and children using a variety of techniques (oral and in writing)
Ability to support and inspire children in achieving the highest standards of care and education.
Able to manage workload and manage time effectively
Able and competent user of company ICT systems and have the willingness to learn and develop ICT skills