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Nursery Nurse / Early Years Practitioner

Chipmunks Day Nursery

Nursery Nurse required at our busy Dorchester day nursery Due to increasing numbers, Chipmunks Day Nursery requires a new member of the team for our Dorchester nursery, which is a 153 place day nursery and out-of school club, caring for children aged from 3 months to 12 years. The nursery opens between 7:45am and 6pm Monday to Friday the position is for variable hours between these times. A minimum of a level 2 Childcare qualification is required. Chipmunks Day Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant for this post will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Job title: Nursery Practitioner

Responsible to: Room leader/ manager        

Purpose of post

  • To provide a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for all children in the nursery
  • To ensure all children are safeguarded and their welfare and safety is promoted
  • To give support to other team members throughout the nursery
  • To work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can play, learn and develop.

Key areas

  • Work with and support children
  • Work as part of a team
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with parents.

Responsible to

Nursery Manager/Team Leader

Duties and responsibilities

  • Operate a programme of activities that meet the individual needs and interests of children in your area in conjunction with other team members
  • To keep records of your key children’s development and learning journeys and share this with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life
  • To follow the nursery safeguarding procedure to ensure all children are kept safe, well and secure
  • Support all staff and engage in a good staff team
  • Liaise with and support parents and other family members
  • To be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly staff meetings, parent evening, fundraising events etc.
  • To be flexible within working practices of the nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment etc.
  • Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the nursery’s philosophy is fulfilled
  • Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role as deemed appropriate by the Manager
  • Recording accidents in the accident book. Ensure the Duty Manager has initialled the report before parents receives it
  • Look upon the nursery, as a “whole” where can your help be most utilised? Be constantly aware of the individual needs of all children
  • Ensure someone known and agreed by the nursery and parent collects the child
  • To respect the confidentiality of all information received.

Specific childcare tasks

  • The preparation and completion of activities to suit each individual child's stage of development and interests
  • To develop your role within the team especially with regard as a key person
  • To ensure that meal times are a time of pleasant social sharing
  • Washing and changing children as required
  • To ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times
  • Ensuring a poorly child is kept calm and warm and management is notified immediately
  • To develop and maintain strong partnerships and communications with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs
  • To ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children regardless of any disabilities, family backgrounds or medical history
  • To be aware of the high profile of the nursery and to uphold its standards at all times, both within work hours and outside.
exceeds minimum wage
Chipmunks Day Nursery


Chipmunks Day Nursery
Chipmunks Day Nursery

T: 01305260002