Thursday, 17 March 2011

Nursery Assisitant / Nurse Job Spec

Job Title: Nursery Nurse / Assistant

1. Key Purpose of Job

To provide a high standard and quality of care for children in Watcombe Children’s Centre Nursery. The post holder will be an essential part of the Children’s Centre Nursery team and will be integral to the planning and practice of the nursery. The post holder will be creative, enthusiastic, flexible and be able to work on own initiative to stimulate children’s social, emotional and physical development.

2. Key Duties

• To work in partnership with the Nursery Manager and other Nursery colleagues to plan high quality learning opportunities/activities, appropriate for the age range of children attending the nursery.

• To support the delivery of an Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

• Assist in the preparation, clearing and cleaning up of activities.

• To take an active role in sharing all activities with children and their parents, monitoring and observing their development and contributing to the planning of the programme which caters for their needs.

• To promote children’s confidence, self-esteem and independence and help children develop positive relationships with others.

• Ensure that all children are treated with equal respect and that each child’s racial origin, cultural, religious and linguistic background is promoted and given full consideration.

• To have keyworker responsibility for particular children within the nursery.

• To work closely with parents and other local staff and organisations to ensure the development of safe and appropriate play opportunities.

• To work in partnership with parents, including attending parents’ meetings, encouraging them to participate in all aspects of their children’s progress and development.

• To develop a strategy for play that involves children with SEN and minority groups.

• To foresee the needs of special needs children and give physical, emotional, intellectual support and guidance as appropriate.

• To attend staff meetings, training sessions and participate in self-development activities, including supervision, appraisal, weekly planning meetings etc.

• Develop positive relationships with other staff working in the nursery/Centre.

• To help and support parents with their children’s needs and knowing when and how to call upon support from other agencies, for example sure start referrals.

• Keep accurate records and reports in accordance with the Nursery policies/procedures and all other codes of practice.

• Be familiar with and put into practice the Centre’s Child Protection Procedure, Special Needs/Educational Needs Policies and all other codes of practice.

• To be aware at all times of the community aspect of the Nursery and encourage community and parental involvement at all levels.

• Effectively communicate and engage with young children and their families

• To help the nursery work towards the Bristol standards

• To contribute to the Self Evaluation form

• Have an awareness of the OFSTED inspection process

• Be aware of child development ( Early Years Foundation Stage)

• Safe guard and promote the welfare of the children

• Support a child’s transition

• Work with multi- agencies and integrate work with others

3. Health and Safety Responsibilities

• To be aware of all health, safety and hygiene policies and procedures. Ensure practice of policies and procedures is paramount within the setting.

• Report and remove any broken or damaged, toys, equipment ect…

• Risk asses any new activities, experiences

4. Key Working Relationships

• External – other relevant colleagues within Health, Social Services and the Local Authority.

• Internal – other Watcombe Children’s Centre staff.

5. Other Duties

To undertake additional duties as required, commensurate with the level of the job.

Other Information

a) All staff must commit to Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discriminatory Practice.

b) The Nursery operates a Smoke-Free Policy and the post-holder is prohibited from smoking in the nursery building, Staff will not be released for a break that is specifically for smoking.

c) The post-holder is expected to familiarise themselves with and adhere to all relevant Watcombe Children’s Centre Nurseries Policies and Procedures.

d) The post-holder must comply with the Health and Safety requirements.

e) As this post meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check (Disclosure) from the Criminal Records Bureau before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of ALL cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions, whether “spent” or “unspent”. Criminal convictions will only be taken into account when they are relevant to the post.