Protection of Children and Young Persons (The Children's Act 1989)
Any offers of appointment will be conditional and subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a certificate of good conduct if applicable, plus receipt of satisfactory employment references, Occupational Health clearance, an understanding of safeguarding and qualifications verification. An Enhanced DBS check is required for this position as you will be working within 'Regulated Activity' within a specific place (i.e. the College).
This role is classed as working within Regulated Activity. It is an offence to apply for this role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. By applying for this position you agree to an Enhanced DBS check in line with DBS regulations.
Background to the Post
Warwickshire College Group has its own purpose built 56 place Nursery, within the grounds of the Rugby campus. The nursery is open for students and private customers all year round. The nursery closes for bank holidays and up to 2 college training days per year.
Main Purpose of the Post
To be a professional member of The College Nursery team involved in the effective running of the nursery. Providing a stimulating environment for the children in which they can develop to their full potential within a caring, safe and fun setting.
They will be responsible for developing strong partnerships with parents/carers and other professionals to ensure every child has an individual plan unique and aligned to their own needs and interests. They will be expected to implement the daily routine within a base room.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. To ensure all individual children's needs are met on a daily basis, which include planning for their needs as part of their daily role of being a Key Person and records are kept up to date.
2. To assist the nursery team in providing a friendly, caring and relaxing environment in order to encourage and develop children in your care.
3. Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children at all times.
4. To support children throughout their play and with other daily activities, such as meal times; rest times, use of bathroom.
5. To ensure all daily routines are carried out and policies and procedures are adhered to at all times and these records are kept up to date.
6. To be a Key person to the children this includes carrying out daily observations of the children and ensure these are kept up to date within their individual learning journey and all information is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in order to meet their individual needs in conjunction with the Room Leader.
7. Take an active role in the shared responsibility for health, safety and cleanliness throughout the whole nursery.
8. Work co-operatively with immediate team, showing reliability and flexibility.
9. To be flexible with working practices and be prepared to help where needed with additional tasks. E.g. undertaking domestic jobs including the preparation of snacks, cleaning of equipment etc.
10. Form a partnership with parents, communicating in a calm and friendly manner and being sympathetic and understanding towards potential problems.
11. Contribute to and participate in team meetings/activities and training out of normal working hours when necessary.
12. Ensure all policies and procedures are adhered to and implemented in the Nursery.
13. Be a positive role model for children with regards to communication and social skills.
14. Contribute towards long, medium and short term planning in line with the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage.
15. Share in the daily responsibility for nursery pets.
16. Respect confidentiality within the setting.
In order to support during busy exam periods, you may be asked to undertake exam invigilator duties. The College will provide training.
The list of duties is not exhaustive but outlines the main features of the post at appointment and may vary as the job evolves without affecting the nature of the duties or the responsibility level.
Health and Safety
To ensure a safe working environment for colleagues, students, and visitors in line with the HASAW Act and the College Health and Safety Policy.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults for whom you are responsible and whom you come into contact with.
The College offers a generous annual leave entitlement to support staff, commencing with 25 days rising to 28 days after 5 years' service, pro rata per annum plus 8 statutory days (Public & bank Holidays) and College closure days (all pro rata for part time posts).
Hours of Work
37 hours per week.
Place of Work
Rugby Centre. However, the post holder may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises at which we may provide services.
When you join WCG we offer you a whole host of employee benefits, including:
The opportunity to apply for Hybrid working
Generous annual leave entitlement plus up to 4 free College Closure days a year
Comprehensive training programme
Leadership & Management training programme to develop our next generation of managers
Superb health and wellbeing support with Wellbeing@WCG
Employee Assistance Helpline offering free, confidential, 24 hours support and guidance
Free onsite gyms at most colleges
Discounted part time and professional courses
In the event you are poorly you will receive SSP
Cycle to work scheme
Discounted hair & beauty treatments in our college salons
The opportunity to join NEST pension scheme
Free will writing service
Free car parking on site
Staff discounts in our Plant Centre at Pershore College
Ability to perform the tasks as described in the job description. If you have a disability you should not be discouraged from applying, since there are schemes available within the College which allow for the provision of special aids, premises to be adapted and other appropriate support provided. Ways in which these schemes might help in particular circumstances can be discussed with HR when making your application.
NVQ Level 3 or above in early years childcare.
Experience of working with young children.
Extensive Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
A valid paediatric first aid certificate or a willingness to undertake.
An understanding and commitment to the implementation of equal opportunities.
Food Safety or willingness to undertake.
Knowledge of current documentation, E.G. Working together to safeguard children, Keeping Children Safe In Education.
Essential Skills & Knowledge:
Have a caring and friendly personality and be able to use initiative appropriately.
Have the ability to work as part of a team and maintain good communication.
To be reliable, responsible and conscientious in your care of the children.
Demonstrate flexibility towards change and a willingness to take on extra hours/duties as required.
Demonstrate good timekeeping and attendance.
Be enthusiastic with a positive outlook.
Have a clear understanding of confidentiality and its importance in an early years setting