Assistant Teacher – Job Description

Early Years teaching at Little Lamps Nursery requires an enthusiastic, imaginative and energetic individual capable of bringing out the fullest potential in every child. The ideal candidate will be very passionate about working with young children and equally important, have vision and enthusiasm for the moral and spiritual values of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission. They will always strive to create and uphold an environment for teaching and learning that empowers children to experience maximum growth and positive transformations, ensuring that the values of the school are continually instilled and upheld in accordance with the policies of the governing body and the organisation’s innate higher values.

Assistant Teachers of Little Lamps Nursery will be instrumental in ensuring that every child that comes in through the doors of Little Lamps Nursery will acquire a broad spectrum of knowledge, a wide range of skills, deeply rooted moral values, good cultural awareness and strong social skills.

She/He must have a good knowledge of updated Early Years curriculum requirements for children aged between 2 1/2 to 5 years. She/He will be responsible for helping to best prepare the children for primary school education as well as equip them with the toolkit they need to carry them successfully through life. Where the Assistant Teacher identifies any shortfall which could be a hindrance to the above they must highlight it to the Head Teacher and address the issue by putting an appropriate solution in place quickly and effectively, regularly monitoring the outcomes in a feedback loop.

Typical responsibilities of the job include:

● Developing and implementing lessons and work schemes, using the Early Years Foundation Stage as a framework;

● Maintaining high levels of professional competency and human values, to be an outstanding Foundation Stage class teacher and offer an exemplary role model to the rest of the team;

● Contributing to maintaining and developing the ethos, values and overall purposes of the school;

● Providing a safe and stimulating environment that facilitates learning;

● Preparation and setting up of activities in the classroom;

● Organising play and work activities (for example IT, reading, yoga, cooking, music, dancing, gardening etc);

● Ensuring the Health & Safety and Safeguarding policies are adhered to and that she/he is fully aware of their individual responsibilities and expectations and work in accordance with the school’s child protection policies and procedures in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to raise any concerns relating to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty;

● Keeping parents fully and regularly updated about their respective child’s experiences, using daily progress and activity reports, and where necessary discussing any issues with them promptly, working with the Head Teacher to ensure that an effective system is developed for informing parents about their child’s progress;

● Monitoring and recording the progress of all children in a systematic way;

● Making sure that every child receives and eats their meal, giving assistance where necessary. Ensuring any allergy and dietary requirements are strictly adhered to;

● Promote an ethos and learning climate which enables children to become strong, independent, confident learners;

● Clearing up after the children finish and teaching them how to clear up their own work for themselves, insisting that they do so;

● Assist/Shadow the Head Teacher in whatever duties may arise from time to time such that there is a need to delegate this, with a keen willingness to learn new sides of the business and apply a broader set of skills. There is plenty of opportunity in this new and fast-growing business to take on further responsibilities and achieve rapid career progress;

● Conducting a 360 degree review of the Head Teacher and the Nursery;

● The specific nature and balance of the above duties and responsibilities will vary according to the needs of the nursery and will be shared more as the educational establishment grows.

Key Skills for Little Lamps Nursery Teachers

● Adaptability

● Creativity

● Patience

● Responsibility

● Resourcefulness

● A good sense of humour

Qualifications and Training Required Anyone wishing to apply for the role must be a Qualified Nursery Assistant with either :

– Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Early Years;- NVQ Level 3 in Early Years & Education, demonstrating additional training to Diploma

– NVQ Level 3 in Early Years & Education, demonstrating additional training to Diploma

level equivalent;

– NNEB/Diploma in Child Care and Education(DCE) awarded by CACHE;

Previous experience of working with children in a private day nursery is essential. A second language is also desirable. DBS checks must be in place. Paediatric first aid training will be organised before starting the role.

All candidates must possess GCSEs (at least grade C) or equivalent in English and Maths. A science or technology background can be helpful, as can extra skills such as music, arts and crafts.


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