Nursery Practitioner

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Job Setting: Day Nursery / Nursery School

Job Role: Nursery Assistant / Early Years Assistant

Date Posted: 11 Sep 2018

Salary: Competitive

Hours: Full Time

Contact Name: Olivia Taylor

Job Reference: 11218

Job Location: Bournemouth , Dorset


This is an exciting opportunity to continue your career with a family of day nurseries located across the South who offer a wide range of activities and learning experience to develop young minds, from messy play and cooking, to problem-solving, storytelling, creative play and trips out. 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!

About the Role

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

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.

Your key responsibility will be to work successfully 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, whilst ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the children at all times.

If you want the opportunity to progress throughout the business, then Tops is the place for you, as we pride ourselves on progressing our staff through our settings; most of our Nursery Managers and Area Managers started as practitioners at our nurseries and worked their way up!

About the nursery

Tops Charminster is a pretty, eco-sustainable nursery situated within a converted church. Employees benefit from being minutes away from Castlepoint Shopping Centre, and convenient transport links for both buses, the bus stop being less than 5 minutes away from the nursery!

The 69 place nursery is surrounded by local attractions such as Muscliffe Park and Stour Valley Nature Reserve, both just waiting to be explored! The nursery run a number of extra-curricular activities including Tops Forest School, cooking school, Boogie Mites, yoga, meditation and much more!

By joining the Charminster team you will not only be joining the Tops Day Nurseries family, but also the Charminster community. Explore the parks with the children, discover wildlife and creepy crawlies, make dandelion whistles… the opportunities are endless. A child’s time at nursery will have a huge impact on their future, and we want you to be a part of it!

About You

We look for real team-players who are enthusiastic, hardworking and committed to a career within childcare and enjoy creating a positive and nurturing environment for children.

For this role it is imperative you have a Level 3 Childcare NVQ (or equivalent) or above, and have post-qualifying experience with children ages 0 to 5 years old.

You will also be able to engage well with other team members and senior management, ensuring you provide support when needed.

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:

  • Contribute to a programme of activities that meet the individual needs and interests of children and the Early Years Framework.
  • Understand key children’s culture, first language and current development plans to identify areas for improvement, working with colleagues to provide a stimulating environment for children to meet emotional, intellectual and social goals.
  • Maintaining accurate records of children’s development and use information learnt to support future planning, development and learning.
  • Work in partnership with parents and other colleagues to ensure that the needs of the child are always met and parents have an involvement in the child’s learning journey.
  • Identify gaps in the child’s learning and development and liaise with the nursery SENCO to ensure the children with any additional needs are supported and are able to reach their goal.
  • Ensure the environment is stimulating and appropriate including layout, display of resources, displays and equal opportunities
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with local schools, charities and involvement with the community (e.g. parades, visiting old people)
  • To be committed to the safeguarding 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 30% discount for Childcare within Tops Day Nurseries
  • Great career progression
  • Regular supervisions
  • Continuous in-house and external training opportunities
  • Uniform Provided


  • Level 3 Early Years Qualification (or Equivalent)
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