Your first responsibility is to be an outstanding nursery officer providing an example of excellent childcare practice, conduct and professionalism to the other nursery staff. You must have a thorough understanding of the nursery policies and procedures relevant to your role with additional emphasis on your knowledge and understanding of the nursery safeguarding policy. You should ensure compliance with all current legislation and guidance which governs our activities including the appropriate sections of the Children’s Acts 1989 and 2006 as well as all current health and safety, race relations legislation and the EYFS.
You are directly responsible for the staff and children in your care. You must ensure that the staff in your room follow legislative guidance, adhere to nursery policies and procedures and demonstrate best practice at all times. You are also responsible for the care of every child and the good conduct of every staff member in any situation when you are present.
Responsibilities and Duties
- To contribute to the creation of a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all children
- To be responsible for the welfare of all children in your designated room, organising systems to ensure consistent, high-quality care
- To be vigilant and protect children from harm or abuse, reporting any concerns immediately - in accordance with child protection and whistleblowing policies
- To deploy staff and resources effectively, maintaining ratios in your room whilst supporting other rooms/nurseries
- To reflect on practice and routines, tailoring them to meet the individual needs of each child throughout the day
- To lead planning and the provision of a stimulating range of age-appropriate activities and ensuring your room is well-resourced and creatively set-up
- To lead observations and the assessment of children’s learning and development ensuring records are kept up-to-date, are of a high standard and are shared effectively - includes Individual Education Plans for children with Special Educational Needs.
- To develop genuine bonds with your key children and support and monitor colleagues to sensitively fulfil their key person responsibilities
- To work in partnership with all parents/carers, building and maintaining relationships that encourage trust, open communication and involvement in nursery life
- To contribute to the effective recording and resolution of any complaints or investigations, ensuring confidentiality at all times
- To be professional and a good role model to the children and other staff members, at all times
- To work flexibly as part of the larger team, assisting and supporting colleagues wherever required, in order to ensure the smooth running of the company
- To be aware of the high profile of Dicky Birds and refrain from irresponsible behaviour that could impact the company’s commercial success
- To attend reasonable out-of-working-hours activities, including training, staff meetings, parents evenings and special events
- To assist in the development and support of other staff members by communicating effectively, sharing knowledge and experience, delegating tasks appropriately, identifying training needs, leading meetings, inductions and 1-2-1s - with support from the nursery management and senior management teams
- To respect and value all colleagues, children and parents, encouraging a positive and diverse working environment
- To cooperate and work effectively with the management team, taking on additional responsibilities/duties and positively promoting developments in policies and procedures to team members
- To undertake any other aspects of nursery work according to need
This job description is intended to give you an indication of the main duties, but is not meant to be an exhaustive list.
Management Team (and when applicable to the Senior Nursery Officer)
All applicants will be required to complete an enhanced DBS or have an update to one within the last year.
Could you please answer the following:
- Are you eligible to work in the UK?
- Do you have experience in a child care setting?
- Do you hold a level 2/3 in EYFS or equivalent?
- Do you hold a clear DBS dated within the last three years?
Qualifications and Skills
- 1 years’ experience in a childcare setting as a room leader
- An appropriate qualification level 3 and/or recognised by the DFE as full and relevant for the EYFS.
- The commitment to provide first class childcare
- The ability to promote good practice in a professional manner
- Good organisational skills
- A caring, kind and approachable manner
- Good English, Mathematics and ICT skills
- The ability to work on your own initiative
- A commitment to safeguarding
- Able to work full time hours over 5 days
- Pre-school, toddler or babies experience
- A strong understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage
- Experience in planning and implementing activities, completing children’s weekly diaries and learning journals etc.
- Level 3 childcare qualification as a minimum, this must fulfill the mandatory requirements set out by the CWDC (Children’s Workforce Development Council).
- A higher level qualification is desirable and applications from candidates already holding level 4 or above will be looked upon favourably.
- Pediatric First Aid Certificate
- Food & Hygiene Level 2 certificate (or willingness to train for certificate)
- Child Care