Early Years Practitioner

  • Worcestershire
  • King's Worcester
  • Part-time

The King's School, Worcester is looking for an experienced Early Years Practitioner to join the friendly team at King’s Hawford Prep School on a part-time, year-round basis.

The King's School, Worcester is looking for an experienced Early Years Practitioner to join the friendly team at King’s Hawford Prep School on a part-time, year-round basis.

Role and responsibilities


  • Prepare the classroom or kindergarten before sessions – set up of continuous provision.
  • Assist with planning of teaching activities based on individual children - “In the Moment” planning.
  • Take responsibility as a key person for a group of children.
  • Assist children with day-to-day activities.
  • Assist in the implementation of Early Years Foundation Stage for children and help to monitor their progress through observations and “wow moments”.
  • Provide support for individual children inside and outside the classroom to enable them to participate fully in activities.
  • Work with other professionals, such as speech therapists and occupational therapists, as necessary.
  • Assist the Kindergarten Manager with maintaining children’s records and floor books.
  • Support children with emotional or behavioural problems and help develop their social skills, reporting any issues when required.

Administrative Duties

  • Prepare and present displays of children’s work.
  • Keep the classroom in a tidy and safe order.
  • Supervise outdoor play activities where required.
  • Complete daily diary for parents at end of session and parental interaction when children are picked up at end of session.
  • Assist with photocopying and routine classroom administrative tasks.
  • Attend team and staff meetings.
  • Attend inset days.

Pastoral Care

  • Supervise cloakroom and toilet visits.
  • Assist at mid-morning break.
  • Assist with changing and dressing for Forest School and other activities.
  • Assist with lunch.
  • Participate in play area supervision and lunch duty.
  • Assist in the general movement of children around the School.
  • Be proactive in matters relating to health and safety and child protection.
  • Clean and tidy away at end of sessions.

Supporting Duties

  • One early duty per week to start at 7.30am, and one late duty per week, finishing at 6pm.
  • Attend and support school open mornings and speech days if required.
  • Assist with parents’ evenings if required.
  • Support at school events when required.
  • Provide support outside of normal classes, such as covering absences or going on school trips.
  • Undertake professional duties that may be reasonably assigned by the Head teacher.

Safeguarding responsibilities of the successful candidate

Staff are advised to maintain an attitude of “it could be happening here and probably is” as far as safeguarding is concerned and should always act in the best interest of the child.

All staff are expected to actively promote and safeguard the welfare of all pupils. As this post involves significant contact with children and the postholder will be responsible for children, they will be considered to be in regulated activity and must report any concerns in a timely manner.

All staff must also attend annual safeguarding training and have proper regard for the School’s safeguarding policy and procedures.

Person Specification

Knowledge and skills required

  • Support the aims and ethos of the School and the King’s Foundation.
  • Be an active and willing member of the School and Kindergarten Team.
  • Take responsibility for the delivery of specific tasks to assist children with learning difficulties.
  • Offer excellent numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
  • Use ICT effectively to support learning.
  • Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance.
  • Promote a positive approach to working with children and demonstrate the ability to motivate, inspire and build rapport.
  • Demonstrate a strong regard for children’s safety and well-being.
  • Respect diversity.
  • Demonstrate excellent team working and interpersonal skills.
  • Deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Offer creative ability.
  • Work calmly and with patience.
  • Take a flexible approach to work and have a “can do” attitude.
  • Show empathy with children facing barriers to their learning.
  • Form and maintain appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with children, teachers, parents and other colleagues.
  • Offer excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Promote a professional attitude to work.
  • Keep up to date with educational policy and training relating to the role.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the EYFS.

Qualifications required

  • A recognised NVQ Level 3 qualification in childcare development or equivalent.
  • Paediatric first aid certificate is desirable; however, training can be provided.

Hours of work

We are seeking to recruit a part-time member of staff to work 20 hours per week (plus supporting duties), between 7.30am and 6pm, all year round.

If you would like to see more of our Kindergarten please visit our website: https://www.ksw.org.uk/kings-nurseries/kings-hawford-nursery/ or take a look at our profile at daynurseries.co.uk https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/daynursery.cfm/searchazref/65432224140

How to apply

Please read the applicant information booklet below for the job description and person specification. To apply, please complete the TES online application form: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/early-years-practitioner-worcestershire-2066461

Closing date for applications: Suitable candidates will be invited to interview as and when applications are received, so early applications are advised.

Start date: As soon as possible

The King’s Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a self-declaration form in relation to any criminal record or information that may make you unsuitable to work with children, and will be subject to an online search.

In order to provide our pupils with a well-rounded and enriched educational experience that is truly representative of the world in which they grow up in, the King’s Foundation strives to place equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do, ensuring that we build a community which is truly representative of all backgrounds and experiences. As such we believe that we will do that best if our employees come from different backgrounds and if we create an environment of inclusion and belonging for them.

Further Information


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5 College Green, Worcester, WR1 2LL

  • 473 Day Boys (11-18)
  • 373 Day Girls (11-18)

01905 721700 www.ksw.org.uk

Closing Date: 30 June 2024