Qualified Early Years Practitioner, Childcare @ Sandal

Post Title: Early Years Practitioner – QualifiedReporting to: Nursery Manager, Deputy and Room Leader
Responsible for: NoneLocation:  Sandal
Pay Grade: BPost Reference No: CYP9

Information Sheet Early Years Practitioners

St George’s Lupset Ltd is a local registered charity and community enterprise, providing Training, Health and Wellbeing activities and Childcare for the local community. We currently have a vacancy  within our full day care nursery; Childcare @ Sandal (based at Sandal WF1 5NU) for Qualified Early Years Practitioners. Working 37 hours per week all year round.

‘Childcare’ runs four nurseries; two full day care and two sessional. We pride ourselves on running high quality childcare for babies, young children and their families and we work closely with local Children Centres, Early Help Hubs, Schools and the community.

As a Qualified Early Years Practitioner (with a minimum of a Level 2 Childcare qualification), you will be required to assist in the delivery of high-quality nursery provision for young children and their families in accordance with The Early Years Foundation Stage (2014). You will join a large team of Early Years Practitioners working towards achieving our vision for continuous improvements and working towards maintaining or achieving an Outstanding Ofsted judgment.


Why work for St George’s Lupset Ltd? We offer the following:

  • Good rates of pay with opportunity for annual increase based on performance.
  • Pension Scheme – employer contribution up to 5%
  • Generous holiday entitlement 26 days plus bank holidays.
  • 3 staff training days per year plus individual training and development opportunities.
  • A supportive and caring environment.
  • Six-month induction and mentoring support.
  • Opportunities to progress within our family of nurseries.
  • We invest in Families not Profit.


How to Apply

We have a four-stage application process made up of expressions of interest, working interviews, formal application and formal interviews. These four stages help us to assess your skills, abilities and knowledge and help you to get to know our organisation and job requirements. If you are unsuccessful at any stage of your application, you will be informed and given feedback if you require.

Date posted: June 2024

Start date: ASAP


  1. Expression of Interest
    In the first instance please email recruitment@stgeorgeslupset.org.uk stating why you want a career in Childcare, your Childcare qualification and what you know about St George’s Lupset Ltd and why you would like to work for us. Once we have received your expression of interest it will be broadly assessed against the Job Description and Person Specification.


  1. Working Interviews

The purpose of the working interview is to assess your interaction with children and other adults in the childcare setting. You will be expected to spend up to 2 hours within the nursery where you will be assessed by a parent or member of the ‘Childcare’ team. You will be given guidance on what you will be expected to do. It is acknowledged that within this timescale you will have limited time to demonstrate all your skills and abilities; this will be considered when carrying out the assessment.


  1. Formal application form

If you pass stage 2 you will be invited for interview and will be expected to complete an application form detailing how you meet the criteria on the Person Specification. Please read these carefully and be sure to demonstrate in your application form how you meet the essential criteria by providing examples of previous experience or knowledge.


  1. Formal Interviews

This is a traditional interview where you will be asked a number of questions by a small panel. You will then have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel.



Safeguarding Statement

  • St George’s Lupset Ltd (St George’s) is committed to and takes its duty of safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all children and young people and protecting them from harm, seriously.
  • St George’s recognises that children and young people can be vulnerable and rely on the support of adults and the wider community to help them reach their full potential.
  • St George’s respects all children irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, culture, religion or economic status have the right to enjoy their childhood and pass safely from childhood into adulthood
  • This commitment is shared by trustees, staff, students and volunteers working at or with St George’s.



Purpose of the Job

To support the delivery of high-quality nursery provision for babies, young children and their families in accordance with current guidance and legislation. Building relationships with small groups of children and their parents/carers as a Key Worker.


Key Tasks

A. Areas of Responsibility

  1. To assist with the delivery of high-quality nursery provision for babies and young children on a day-to-day basis, within the area of responsibility as directed by senior staff.


  1. To contribute to and support observation, assessment and planning to meet individual children’s developmental needs having regard to current guidance and legislation.


  1. To keep up to date record on children’s progress from your observation and those of others including parents/carers.


  1. To be actively involved in children’s play opportunities indoors and outdoors, in a way that encourages children to be independent active learners.


  1. To assist the SENCO as required by current guidance and legislation for children with identified additional needs.


  1. To work in partnership with all parents/carers who use the Nursery, ensuring that their needs and those of individual children are met as far as is reasonable.


  1. To support the Nursery Manager in ensuring that all the requirements of Health and Safety legislation, and other relevant guidance and legislation are in place.


  1. To share information about children, provided by parents, other team members and professionals. Ensuring that the principals of confidentiality are maintained within current guidance, policy and legislation.


 B. People Management

  1. To actively contribute to supervisions and appraisals to support your own development and welfare and ensure work plans are delivered and targets met.


  1. To ensure that you maintain and update your professional knowledge and skills, keeping up to date with current guidance, policy and legislation.


  1. To support the work of any volunteers, students or apprentices within the nursery.


 C. Operational and Business Management

  1. To support the Nursery Manager to provide accurate up to date information and reports on the progress of the Nursery.


  1. To comply with data protection and information sharing systems.


 D. Safety, Equality & Diversity, Quality and Safeguarding

  1. To comply with current guidance; legislation and the organisations safeguarding policies for children and vulnerable adults and follow procedures as required.


  1. To comply with the organisations equality and diversity policy


  1. To support any work undertaken by the organisation aimed at maintaining and improving quality.


 E. Scope of Responsibility


E1        Responsibility for Supervision, Direction of Employees

There will be no responsibility for other staff but there would be an expectation to give guidance and support to volunteers, apprentices, work experience and trainees, as necessary.


E2        Responsibility for Physical Resources

Day to day maintenance and hygiene of nursery equipment. Routine computer input to maintain files


E3        Responsibility for Budgets

Very occasional use of petty cash within petty cash procedure.


E4        Level of Contacts, Customers and Clients

Regular dealings with parents or carers and children, to meet, greet, settle and make welcome in the relevant setting.  Provide routine feedback to parents on children’s progress.  Very occasional meetings with other childcare professionals both internal and external to discuss the progress of the child.  Working within the team to give and receive information. Undertakes regular observations, and assessments and produce written reports on key children within their care.


E5        Levels of Independence and Initiative

Solely responsible for the daily activity of the children in their care, in line with the appropriate Planning Procedure. Regular contact with a Room Leader, Deputy or Manager, who are always available for reference purposes. Most decisions would require the agreement of the Room Leader, Deputy or Nursery Manager.


E6        Working Conditions and demands

Will be expected to work indoors and outdoors in all weathers.

Care for children’s intimate needs.

After hours attendance for training/staff meeting on a monthly basis and

occasionally for emergencies relating to children. There is a requirement to lift, bend, stretch and carry children.


E7         Knowledge

  • NVQ level 2 or 3 achieved
  • At least one year’s experience with at least one age group in an Early Years setting.
  • Responsible for planning and delivering agreed activities on a regular basis as supervised by Senior or Room Leader.
  • Completing assessments and profiles for key worker children to a good level
  • Have developed the competency to sustain mental attention throughout the sessions.


Person Specification for Early Years Practitioner (qualified)


Personal Qualities





or Essential

How Identified
Education and Training


1)    Level 2 qualification in Early Years and Childcare or above.

2)    English and Maths GCSE or equivalent

3)    First Aid Qualification









1)    Application form and Sight of Certificate


2)    Application form and Sight of Certificate

3)    Application form and Sight of Certificate


Relevant Experience


4)    Experience of working with very young children

5)    Experience of working within expectations of Health & Safety, Child Protection and Equal Opportunities





4)    Application form and Interview

5)    Application form and Interview


Approach to Work


6)    Flexible

7)    Ability to work within a team


8)    Able to work on own initiative

9)    Willingness to Learn








6)    Interview

7)    Reference and Interview



8)    Reference and Interview

9)    Reference and Interview




10) Supportive to the needs of other team members

11)Committed to Equal Opportunities and Social inclusion

12)Committed to the needs of children












10) Reference


11) Reference and Interview



12) Reference and Interview






Contract: Permanent

Pay: Salary to be discussed, in the region of £21500-£24000 dependant on age/experience/qualification

Hours: 37 Hours Per Week