Senior Nursery Practitioner

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2018-02-01 Care Homes Job Title: Senior Nursery Practitioner

Job Setting: Day Nursery / Nursery School

Job Role: Nursery Nurse / Early Years Practitioner

Date Posted: 02 Jan 2018

Job Location: Poole , Dorset

Salary: Competitive

Hours: Full Time

Contact Name: Laura Venables

Job Reference: 10955


We are currently recruiting for an experienced Senior Practitioner to join us 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!

We are looking for someone who is passionate about child care and development, and who are able to engage well with team members at all levels whilst ensuring the safety of each child at all times.


About the Role

Here at Tops Day Nurseries, we have an outstanding reputation for 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.

As a Senior Practitioner at one of our nurseries, your key responsibility will be to act as a key worker to children within the nursery/unit and to work as part of a team with other practitioners and management to provide a high standard of emotional, social and intellectual care for all children at the nursery.

This role is working 35 hours per week over 5 days, however, we can offer the option of 35 hours per week over 4 days with a day off in the week, and this will be discussed during interview.


About You

We look for real team-players who are enthusiastic, hardworking and committed to a progressing their career with us, as we pride ourselves on providing our staff with the best tools to succeed in the career they want to achieve.

For this role, it is imperative you have a Level 3 Childcare qualification or above and have proven experience working successfully in a Childcare setting acting as a Key Worker to a group of children.

You will also be able to engage well with other team members and senior management, ensuring you provide support and act as a role model to colleagues at all times.

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:

  • Assist in completing managers checks alongside the Room Manager

  • Support the Room Manager in ensuring that all daily, weekly and monthly checks are completed

  • Ensure the unit is kept clean and tidy at all times

    Ensure meals are served appropriately and when needed, administering medicine to children

  • Ensure that accident trends in the nursery are monitored

  • Ensure staff are trained and coached, ensuring there are appropriate staff in the room

  • Contribute to staff meetings and celebrate good practice

  • Assist in maximising nursery income (extra bookings, t-shirts, late charges, meals, trips, sunblock, etc.

  • Be competent and effective in designing and monitoring Profiles for children, ensure they are settling and developing short term, medium and long-term plans for key children, alongside next steps and learning journeys.

  • Encourage parents to attend meetings and ensure feedback is given to each parent upon collection

  • Encourage relationships with local schools, charities, involvement with community and take children on trips

  • Keep up to date with current practice courses, conferences, reading relevant magazines and books.

  • In-room working with children

  • 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 3 in early years ( Or Equivilant )
  • Clear and Valid DBS

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