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Your role will be to be part of a team that provides a stimulating environment with play and learning opportunities for children to enjoy and develop their skills, and support children in developing confidence, independence, awareness of the needs and feelings of others and the disposition to learn.

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week


To be agreed upon appointment.


Spotted Dog Children's Centre, Carnforth

Closing date:

1st August 2021

Vacancy Details

Spotted Dog Children's Centre is a family run day nursery and is in Burton-in-Kendal (15 minutes outside of Kendal nr Carnforth). We care for children from 3 months to 4 years.

We are a friendly, small team of 10 staff with varying knowledge, skills, and qualifications, most of which have studied at Kendal College. We are open Monday – Friday, 07:30 - 18:00, 52 weeks a year (closed at bank holidays).

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Responsibilities will include:

  • To fully support the Nursery Management, Room Leaders and Nursery Practitioners in the daily activities of the nursery by promoting a safe, stimulating and child-centred environment both indoor and outdoor
  • To ensure all children are involved and enjoying a range of learning opportunities at the appropriate level to enable them to achieve within the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • To offer all children equal opportunities with regard to religion, race, gender, disability, culture, and language and to challenge situations where discrimination is taking place. Also to ensure that children are made aware of differing abilities, beliefs, and cultures
  • To complete observations and assessments on the children in your care under the supervision of your mentor
  • To promote inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs and report any concerns to the Room Leader or Management
  • To celebrate the achievements of each individual child
  • To ensure children’s personal needs are attended to
  • To complete and update documentation and records accurately and regularly as required
  • To complete the induction programme booklet under the supervision of your mentor

Professional and organisational accountabilities:

  • To promote positive attitudes regarding the setting, promoting effective teamwork and high morale amongst staff
  • To ensure confidentiality is maintained inside and outside of work
  • To adopt a professional approach in all aspects of your role, including actively using and promoting the settings policies and procedures
  • To ensure that your conduct outside of the nursery doesn’t have an adverse effect on the setting, staff, parents, or children
  • Ensuring you follow the nursery’s routine and use your initiative throughout the day on matters such as preparing a snack, clearing away from snack and lunch, getting nappies ready and ensuring fresh bedding has been put on mattresses and cots
  • To support the Room Leader and Management to ensure staff to child ratios are maintained at all times
  • To attend and contribute to regular staff meetings both inside and outside of normal working hours
  • To assist staff and management in supporting Nursery events inside and outside of normal working hours
  • To be punctual, reliable, and motivated
  • To adhere to the Uniform Policy / Dress Code of the nursery
  • To maintain cleaning and hygiene practices of the rooms, including domestic, kitchen and laundry duties. Also to prepare food as required (if you have a basic food hygiene certificate)
  • To ensure the general safety, welfare and good behaviour of all children and staff
  • To develop and maintain good relationships and communications with parents and carers and to facilitate the children’s daily routines
  • To be available to answer any queries or discuss concerns and know when to refer the query and to whom
  • To constantly strive to give your help where it will be needed most and where your skills can be utilised best, being aware of the needs of the children and other staff members
  • To undertake training appropriate to your role and to further your professional development within the nursery team
  • To complete the employee Induction Programme booklet with the help of the Room Leader and/or management
  • To ensure your college work is up to date and have regular progress meetings with your mentor

How to apply:

You can find more information & apply for this position on the National Apprenticeship website, which can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ button.

Be sure to take your time when completing this application, ensure you consider all the required skills and responsibilities and what you can offer. If you would like any support in completing this application, you can access support from our Student Services Team:

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