1:1 SEN Nursery Support Worker - Part Time

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2017-12-27 Care Homes Job Title: 1:1 SEN Nursery Support Worker - Part Time

Job Setting: Day Nursery / Nursery School

Job Role: Nursery Assistant / Early Years Assistant

Date Posted: 05 Dec 2017

Job Location: Havant , Hampshire

Salary: Competitive

Hours: Part Time

Contact Name: Laura Venables

Job Reference: 10952


Here at Tops Day Nurseries, we have an outstanding reputation in delivering the best quality childcare across the South-West, operating 19 nurseries and 9 play club across Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

We believe in making an awesome environment for children and grown-ups to learn, develop, play, and have fun and in happy parents who can do what they need to do, whatever that is, whenever it is, while their children are in the best place with awesome stuff! We make a difference to people’s lives.

We believe in “reducing, reusing and recycling” and respect for each other, our resources and our world. Together, we can create a sustainable culture in which our children can thrive.

We are looking for a Special Needs Educational Needs (SEN) Nursery Practitioner to join us here at Tops Day Nurseries; this is an exciting opportunity to continue your career with a leading successful Nursery chain across the South-West! We pride ourselves on employee care and career development; as such we offer in-house training, flexible working hours, a family-friendly policy, Pension & Staff welfare scheme!

In addition to your SEN duties, you will also be required to support your colleagues as a nursery practitioner on the days or times your 1:1 child is not at the nursery. This will include working in different rooms depending on staffing requirements, support with staff meetings, support with trips out of the nursery and celebrating good practice.

This is a part-time role working Monday to Friday 9 am until 4 pm, a total of 32.5 hours per week.


About You

We are looking for someone who is passionate about childcare and ensuring that each child’s emotional, social and intellectual development is nurtured. This role will be working with children with Special Educational Needs on a 1:1 basis, supporting the development of the child you are working with.

You will need to have a Level 2 or 3 NVQ (or equivalent) in Childcare and must have post qualifying experience with children aged between 0 and 5 years of age.

You will ideally have worked with children with SEN before and will have Special Educational Needs training.

A clear and valid DBS is paramount and overseas applicants will need a clear and valid certificate of good conduct. Please note we will conduct a suitability check prior to interview.


Your Responsibilities and Duties will involve:

  • Responsible for the 1:1 care of the individual child to support their individual educational plan (IEP) and to liaise with the Room manager on a daily basis

  • Responsible to work with the behaviour management, equal opportunities and SEN representative to ensure the child’s needs are met

  • Writing and updating the IEP and liaising with the relevant representatives and Nursery Manager

  • Keep colleagues informed and disclose relevant updates with regards to continual progress of children on a 1:1 support programme

  • Work closely with external professionals or agencies involved with the family support of the child you are providing 1:1 care for

  • Hold regular staff discussions on the relevant areas of development and impairments and the child experiences

  • Work with the Nursery Manager and key assessor on site to ensure that staff have sufficient training in SEN needs

  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest strategies and techniques to support behaviour issues and work closely with the family to find out key triggers and interests for the child

  • Assist with proving a safe environment – role model to colleagues, assisting with daily, weekly and monthly checks

  • Assist with ensuring the unit is clean and tidy

  • Support the nursery in ensuring the environment is stimulating and appropriate including layout of display of resources

  • Administering medication

  • Support with monitoring accident trends in the nursery

  • Contribute to staff meetings

  • Competent and effective with settling in short term, medium term and long term plans, learning journeys

  • Encourages parents to attend meetings and give good feedback to all parents?

  • To be committed to the safe guarding of all children in the nursery and your direct care


The Benefits of working at Tops Day Nurseries

Here at Tops, employee care is very close to our heart and we treat our staff as though they are family….because they are! We have many benefits we offer our employees because we want them to feel appreciated and be looked after, these include:


  • 28 days annual holiday entitlement (pro rata)

  • Annual pay review

  • Staff Welfare scheme

  • Company pension

  • Up to 40% discount for Childcare within Tops Day Nurseries

  • Great career progression

  • Regular supervisions

  • Continuous in-house and external training opportunities

  • Uniform Provided



  • NVQ Level 2 in early years (or equivalent)
  • Clear & Valid DBS

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