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Early Years Practitioner

Job Summary

We require an Early Years Practitioner for our nursery, committed to providing high-quality childcare and Early Years learning in an Ofsted outstanding setting.

Qualities required:

  • Enthusiasm and commitment

  • Effective communication and motivation skills

  • A real desire and capability to achieve the highest standards in childcare

  • A good understanding of the Children Act 2004 and Childcare Act 2006

  • Able to work alongside the Manager and room leader in the day-to-day routine of the nursery.

You will:

  • Provide the children with a safe, secure and home like environment

  • Have a sound working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Operate a key person system and liaise with parents, carers, and senior staff

  • Plan, organise and implement a programme of activities to meet the needs of this age group and each individual child’s needs and interests

  • Work as part of a highly motivated and professional team.

  • Sound knowledge of Safeguarding

You must:

  • Hold a Level 3 qualification or equivalent

  • Be flexible and creative and have the commitment to provide first class childcare

  • Have the ability to promote outstanding practice in a professional manner and to share and promote our vision of the nursery

  • Have good organisational skills.

  • Hold a relevant DBS check, although this will be re-done once the position has been confirmed

References will be taken upon request

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. As a Day Nursery we are committed to protecting children. If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a child please contact a member of staff or telephone 0121 711 2557. 

From Fun Fest site:

Staffing and volunteering

Our policy is to provide a secure and safe environment for all children. We only allow an adult who is employed by the Fun Fest Holiday Club to care for children and who has an enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to be left alone with children. We do not allow volunteers to be alone with children or any other adult who may be present in the Fun Fest Holiday Club regardless of whether or not they have a DBS clearance.


All staff will receive initial basic child protection training during their induction period. This will include the procedures for spotting signs and behaviours of abuse and abusers/potential abusers, recording and reporting concerns and creating a safe and secure environment for the children in the Fun Fest Holiday Club.  During induction staff will be given contact details for the LADO (local authority designated officer), the local authority children’s services team, the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Ofsted to enable them to report any safeguarding concerns, independently, if they feel it necessary to do so.


We have named persons within the Fun Fest Holiday Club who take lead responsibility for safeguarding and co-ordinate child protection and welfare issues, known as the Designated Safeguarding Co-ordinators (DSCO), there is always at least one designated person on duty during all opening hours of the club.


The Fun Fest Holiday Club DSCO liaises with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and the local authority children’s social care team, undertakes specific training, including a child protection training course, and receives comprehensive training at least every two years and update their knowledge on an ongoing basis, but at least once a year.


The Designated Safeguarding Co-ordinator (DSCO) at the Fun Fest Holiday Club is: The Club Manager

Any general enquiries can be directed to Emma Price on 0121 274 0255



We provide adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of all children

  • Applicants for posts within the club are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates are informed of the need to carry out checks before posts can be confirmed. Where applications are rejected because of information that has been disclosed, applicants have the right to know and to challenge incorrect information

  • We give staff members, volunteers and students regular opportunities to declare changes that may affect their suitability to care for the children. This includes information about their health, medication or about changes in their home life such as whether anyone they live with in a household has committed an offence or been involved in an incident that means they are disqualified from working with children 

  • This information is also stated within every member of staff’s contract

  • We request DBS checks as required and use the DBS update service to re-check staff’s criminal history and suitability to work with children

  • We abide by the requirements of the EYFS and any Ofsted guidance in respect to obtaining references and suitability checks for staff, students and volunteers, to ensure that all staff, students and volunteers working in the setting are suitable to do so

  • We ensure we receive at least two written references BEFORE a new member of staff commences employment with us

  • All students will have enhanced DBS checks conducted on them before their placement starts

  • Volunteers, including students, do not work unsupervised

  • We abide by the requirements of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Childcare Act 2006 in respect of any person who is disqualified from providing childcare, is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have led to dismissal for reasons of child protection concern

  • We have procedures for recording the details of visitors to the club and take security steps to ensure that we have control over who comes into the club so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children

  • All visitors/contractors will be supervised whilst on the premises, especially when in the areas the children use

  • As a staff team we will be fully aware of how to safeguard the whole environment and be aware of potential dangers on the boundaries such as drones, Pokémon hotspots, strangers lingering. We will ensure the children remain safe at all times

  • The Staff Behaviour Policy sits alongside this policy to enable us to monitor changes in behaviours that may cause concern. All staff sign up to this policy too to ensure any changes are reported to management so we are able to support the individual staff member and ensure the safety and care of the children is not compromised

  • All staff have access to and comply with the whistleblowing policy which will enable them to share any concerns that may arise about their colleagues in an appropriate manner

  • All staff will receive regular supervision meetings where opportunities will be made available to discuss any issues relating to individual children, child protection training and any needs for further support

  • The deployment of staff within the club allows for constant supervision and support. Where children need to spend time away from the rest of the group, the door will be left ajar or other safeguards will be put into action to ensure the safety of the child and the adult.