Early Years Practitioner

YMCA Black Country Group
West Bromwich
12 May 2018
09 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Location: YMCA Day Nursery, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG

Responsible to: Childcare Manager

Annual Leave: 28 days Pro rata (includes bank holidays)

Background: At YMCA Carters Green Nursery there is a childcare staff team of 30-35. The Nursery is registered by OFSTED to provide childcare for 119 children (from 6 weeks to school age).

Job Role:

1. Motivated by the desire to help children develop, you will be part of a team providing high quality care for children from birth to 5 years.

2. The post holder will provide a warm and welcoming environment within the Nursery where young children and their families can feel valued and obtain positive help and support.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. To offer support and guidance to parents/carers enabling them to extend their own skills, and by boosting their confidence and self esteem, ensure the emotional well being of their child.

2. To share responsibility for the display and maintenance of a safe, stimulating, interactive, learning environment in the Nursery.

3. To work within the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and assist in the planning, preparation and delivery of an effective programme of activities to help babies and young children to develop.

4. To provide stimulating learning experiences enabling young children to grow in confidence and independence.

5. To share responsibility for the observation, assessment, monitoring and record keeping of children’s learning and development using a variety of methods.

6. To record these observations and produce individual profiles for each child in your care.

7. To share responsibility for providing full access to an effective programme of activities for children identified as requiring additional support.

8. To participate in staff meetings.

9. To provide cover for practitioners within the team as necessary.

10. To work in partnership with other professionals involved with the children and their families, i.e. health visitors, Sure Start workers, speech therapists.

11. To assist with the supervision and training of students.

12. To care for sick children and those suffering minor injury.

13. To be familiar with the fire drill and procedures for the safety of the children.

14. To assist with checking equipment for safety and suitability to use and preparing resources as appropriate.

15. Responsible for ensuring the room is cleaned at the end of each day.

16. To assist in the identification of child protection issues and adhere to Safeguarding policies and procedures.

17. To access personal and curriculum development opportunities.

18. To undertake duties in such a way that ensures a positive multi-cultural approval and with full regard for the principles and policies in place at the YMCA and comply with the Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy and Child Protection Procedures within the organisation.

19. Operate within YMCA policies and procedures, strictly observing Health & Safety regulations of colleagues, parents/carers and yourself and the Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy.

20. Operate within Nursery policies and procedures.

21. Ensure all work practice is inclusive, expressed through a wholehearted commitment to welcome those of all faiths and none.

22. Undertake any other related duties that are consistent with the job.

Person Specification – Early Years Nursery Practitioner

Desirable Essential
Level three childcare qualification – NNEB, BTEC, NVQ3, or equivalent

At least 2 years post-qualifying experience in a day care setting.

Experience of working in a culturally diverse area and a commitment to equal opportunities in the workplace which creates a welcoming environment for people of all faiths and of none. √
Knowledge of Ofsted Standards.

Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. √
Able to speak two or more local community languages

Full clean driving licence

Current first aid qualification

Ability to respect and communicate the YMCA’s Christian ethos


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