Nursery Practitioner Job Description

Role: Nursery Practitioner
Location: London

Job Type: Full-time; Permanent

The Role

Are you an excellent practitioner with a demonstrable knowledge and understanding of early years and the importance of supporting children to reach their full potential? We are currently recruiting for a passionate, caring, dedicated Nursery Practitioner to be responsible for the medical, educational, and psychological care of newborns, infants, and small children to join our team. 

To be a successful Nursery Practitioner, you should be skilled in and dedicated to infant handling and you should demonstrate a strong sense of empathy and compassion.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support a learning culture that encourages pupils to foster a love of learning. Showing compassion, empathy and due diligence to all pupil’s safety and wellbeing at all times
  • Create stimulating learning environments, both inside and outside the classroom they are based, that enable children to make excellent progress
  • Use assessments of key children to feed into the planning in the classroom
  • Identify key children’s needs and setting realistic and challenging next steps that are shared with parents every half term
  • Ensure that children are kept safe and that staff understand and when necessary follow safeguarding procedures
  • Ensure that the nutritional needs of the children are met and the Food Safety Regulations are complied with

Person specification:

  • Work experience within the early years sector
  • Current 12hrs paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Experience as a key person
  • Knowledge of the 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
  • Knowledge of Local Authority and Regulatory requirements and inspection processes across the UK

Desirable skills / expertise:

  • Good communication skills
  • Experience of working within a play-based setting
  • Good leadership skills
  • Ability to show initiative
  • General fitness, as you’ll be on your feet and moving around for the majority of the day
  • Ability to work in a team and individually
  • A positive, can-do, enthusiastic approach to tasks