We’re hiring!

to start May 2021

We are a friendly, nurturing place for 2-4 year-olds in the heart of Hinksey Park. We are passionate about learning through play. We’re looking for an outstanding early years practitioner who would like to join us as a key person, and who is ready to take the next steps towards developing their own leadership potential.

There is the opportunity to take on responsibilities including supervising within our small friendly team, and taking the lead in planning and implementing exciting service developments at Lake Street.

We currently offer sessions 8:45am – 11:45am and 11:45am – 2:45pm during term time. The post holder will be involved in developing and running additional provision for three extended afternoon sessions a week 2:45pm – 5:45pm, as well as a holiday club for four weeks per year in Oxfordshire school holidays.

We are a small, not for profit, charitable setting, embedded in our local community. We have a well-established and qualified team of supportive colleagues. We have a strong, well established pedagogy around child-led learning through play and experience: with an emphasis on forming strong attachments, high levels of well-being and involvement. Our setting has a family feel with mixed-age key person groups. We engage in outdoor learning all year round and have a strong tradition around exploring creativity and music.

We offer a large spacious inside area with a substantial and well used garden. We have a comprehensive covid safety policy, and an ongoing programme of staff training and career development opportunities to support our staff to really build on their particular areas of interest within the Early Years framework.

Our new key person will have the wellbeing and involvement of the children at the very heart of their practice. They will have excellent interpersonal skills, and sound knowledge of the EYFS and child development. They will be calm, reliable, resourceful and dynamic, and keen to develop their planning and management skills.

The post holder will be required for 30 hours per week initially – 8.15am – 3:15pm, 4 days per week. As the extended afternoon sessions become established, hours are likely to increase and the post holder would move to a 6:15pm finish time 3 days per week.

To begin with, the post holder will be required for for 38 weeks per year, during term time. Once our holiday club is established, this may increase to 42 weeks per year.

There is room for growth and development in this post. Please get in touch to discuss. We are a flexible and family-friendly workplace. Our staff are our greatest asset, so we’ll be interested in making this post work for the right person.

£9.78 per hour, plus holidays

How to apply
Please contact Catherine Morey, Manager and Lead Practitioner with a brief CV so we can arrange an initial conversation.

Deadline for applications is Friday 14 March. 6pm

Child protection is our highest priority. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and requires an enhanced DBS check. References will be required prior to interview.

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