How to apply

  • To apply send the nursery manager an email expressing your interest in the position advertised.  Please ensure you send your details to the correct nursery. 
  • We will make an initial assessment of your application against the criteria for the role and shortlist candidates based on this.
  • If your application is successful, the recruiting manager will normally contact you within 7 working days to arrange a time and date for an interview.  The manager will explain the structure of the interview. Interviews can possibly last up to half a day.
  • Candidates applying for a childcare related position will be expected to prepare, plan and lead a practical session, please read the details below. 




Recruitment Process

Preparing for your interview:


How to Apply

Following the correct procedure, as a childcare provider we must ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles and understand their responsibilities. We have effective systems in place to ensure that all candidates applying for a position and any other person who is likely to have regular contact with children are suitable, prepared and ready to commence employment. To apply send your CV & cover letter explaining why you would like to work for Early Learners.


If successful you will be selected to take part in our interview process.  Our interviews last for a minimum of three hours.  A member of the management team will contact successful candidates to organise a date and time slot.


Your interview checklist:

   -   Identification (passport, drivers licence, utility bill, birth certificate).

   -   Home Address (Other addresses you have lived at in the past 5 years)

   -   Contact Number(s) (siblings and partners for emergencies)

   -   Copies of your relevant Childcare certificates (level 2 or 3, foundation, full degree diploma, QT, EYP)

   -   Copies of your GCSE certificates (Maths & English grades C and above – essential to apply)

   -   Any copies of safeguarding/ child protection training and level.

   -   Two contacts and addresses for written references (one needs to be current employer)


Practical Session

It is important to us that you feel as comfortable and confident working within our environment as we are with you working within the nursery with children.  We will show you around our facilities and give you the opportunity to work within each of our classrooms and ask the team questions. 


Be prepared!

Safety is paramount with working with children so ensure you come prepared and wear appropriate clothing.  To ensure you are suitable for this position we ask that you provide a written plan of an activity, prepare with all your resources and can confidentially lead a practical lesson with our pre-school (ages 3-4 years old).  You will be responsible for a group of eight children and the season needs to last for a minimum of 30-40 minutes.  We ask that you incorporate into your planning the primary and specific areas of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), that you think about how to simplify and extend activities and what a follow up activity could be.  This is an important part of the process and will be discussed with you during feedback at the end of the day.


The interview

The interview is led by our nursery manager and supported by a senior member of the team.  We will ask you questions on the following areas:

    -   Your history and experience

    -   SEN, Training and qualification(s)
    -   Knowledge and understand of the EYFS (primary & specific areas, learning goals)
    -   Safeguarding and procedure in dealing with ‘what to do if you are worried a child has been abused’
    -   Your practical session and your time within each of the classrooms.


This is an opportunity for us to ask you questions and also for you to question us.  


What to expect working as a Nursery Nurse


Overview of job role:

To be a proactive member of a staff team who provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive environment in which babies and young children are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential.  To offer full and practical support in the day to day running of the nursery.  To be flexible to the needs of the business.


Below is a list of some tasks and responsibilities that you are obliged to fulfil in your role as a Nursery Nurse/Childcare Practitioner:


  • To understand and respect the need for consistency of care for the children – report for duty on time, maintain regular attendance, give appropriate notice of holiday requests and report nonattendance through sickness promptly and appropriately.
  • To assist in providing a safe, supportive and caring environment for young children in the care of Early Learners; to ensure that all aspects of each individual child’s development are given full consideration in line with national statutory guidance’s.
  • To ensure that clean and hygienic standards are maintained at all times. This includes daily cleaning rotas, nappy changing and other nursery/housekeeping duties (toys/ bedding/ carpets/ staff room/ work stations/ garden).
  • To maintain and follow all Health and Safety policies and procedures at all times.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of all of the company’s operational essential policies and procedures; ensuring that they are followed and respected at all times.
  • To have a firm understanding and practical knowledge of Safeguarding and Welfare.
  • To be fully up to date with the requirements of the “Early Years Foundation Stage” and ensure that your practice meets and aims to exceed the requirements.
  • To be proactive in the process of activity planning, child observation and development records on a regular basis and as requested by your supervisor and Nursery Manager.
  • To follow all routines, duties, timetables, rotas, record keeping activities and any other reasonable duty as requested by your supervisor or Nursery Manager.
  • To ensure that communication with children, parents and the staff team is polite and courteous at all times.  To share relevant information and ensure that information passed between parents and staff is communicated to your supervisor/Nursery Manager as appropriate.
  • To be an effective key person to those children assigned to you and to take on other assigned responsibilities, as requested and advised by your supervisor in line with knowledge and experience.
  • To maintain confidentiality about all issues related to children and their families; your own and other staff members issues and any other management or operational issues.  Involvement and enrolment in company training courses to be undertaken and completed which may, at various times, be outside normal working hours.
  • To be involved in developing and delivering a stimulating and creative atmosphere within the group.
  • To provide staff cover within the nursery group periodically, as requested by the Management team.  This may include working at other settings.
  • To attend all mandatory training sessions and workshops (as advised by your manager).
  • To attend supervisions, staff meetings, professional development training and any other events as requested by your Nursery Manager.
  • To carry out any other reasonable additional duties as requested by your supervisor and/or Nursery Manager from time to time.
  • To be flexible to suit the needs of the business.
  • To take responsibility for continued professional development by attending courses (in-house and external), receiving constructive feedback and reading relevant material.

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