Early Years Vacancies

Virtually all jobs in teaching require appropriate training and qualifications. The Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention, part of Central Bedfordshire Council can provide you with advice and training whether you want to start working with children or develop in your current role.

To advertise a vacancy with us please download and complete the Early Year Vacancy Advertising form and return it to us by email at academy@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Please be aware of the advertising costs which are detailed on the vacancy form

Unqualified Nursery Assistants, Level 2 Nursery Assistants and Level 3 Nursery Nurses required – BEST Nurseries, Shefford - 31 January 2019 +

Salary:  Dependent on position
Hours:  Full year posts, part time and full time

Enthusiastic and committed staff wanted for our Ofsted Outstanding nursery in Clifton. Must be a good team member and have a passion for delivering the highest quality of education and care. We strongly promote and support staff in undertaking further training and qualifications.

For further details and an application pack please email shefford@bestnurseries.co.uk or contact Dawn Davies or call 01462 815637.

Closing Date:    31 January 2019
Interview Date:  05 February 2019

Home Support Worker - Care Forum (MK) Ltd - 13 February 2019 +

Salary: £7.38 - £9.34 plus bonuses and mileage
Hours: Varied

Would you like to do something meaningful with your life?

Then how about making a positive difference to the life of a child with a disability by helping at home (arts & crafts, cooking, mealtimes, personal care etc.) or accessing the wider community (i.e. bowling, clubs, parks, swimming) to add some fun to their lives and develop their social skills.

As some of our children find change difficult you would need to be available on a regular basis either after school, evenings, weekends or school holidays and have use of a car to take the children out.

We are very passionate about the care we provide so would love to hear from you if you are caring, enthusiastic and committed to helping children and families.

Please contact us to find out more about joining our dedicated, enthusiastic and reliable team.

For further details and an application pack please contract Kerry, Tia or Lynn on 01908 584136 or email office@careforum.co.uk

Closing date: 13 February 2019

Qualified Nursery Practitioner – Cedars Day Nursery, Leighton Buzzard - 06 February 2019 +

Salary:     £8.34-£10.00 per hour / £16,623-£20,800 per annum
Hours:     37.5-40 hours per week between 7.30am-6.30pm Monday-Friday    Relief positions also available for Qualified Nursery Practitioners.

It’s not just the children who learn and develop, grow an outstanding career with us at Childbase Partnership.  As the UK’s only employee owned childcare company, we encourage and empower our team members to contribute towards the decisions that we make.  Join us, and your voice will count.

This is your opportunity to join our Ofsted rated Outstanding Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard.  We are looking to welcome Qualified Nursery Nurses to the established and friendly nursery team.  Work should be fun and we are looking for individuals who share that philosophy.

You will support every child’s ‘learning journey’ and work in partnership with families as a key person to provide children under 5 with a ‘Sound Foundation’ for life.

As a Childbase employee we will provide you with an extensive range of benefits, including:

  • 22 days annual leave increasing with length of service
  • The option to buy and sell annual leave
  • Cash rewards for going ‘Beyond Expectation’
  • Employee Ownership annual tax-free cash bonus
  • Annual ball, staff conferences, awards and celebrations
  • Digital learning journeys and paperless planning
  • Bespoke internal and external training plans
  • 50% childcare discount or 20% grandparent discount from day one

Our generous salaries are highly competitive.  As a level 2 Qualified Nursery Practitioner you will earn £8.34-£8.45 per hour, and if you’re qualified to level 3 or above you will earn £8.50-£10.00 per hour.

Successful applicants will need to provide ‘right to work in the UK’ documentation, undertake a DBS and provide a minimum of 2 satisfactory references prior to commencing employment.

For further details and an application pack please email recruitment@childbase.com or contact Claire Richardson, Recruitment Team Leader or call 01908 500530.

Closing date:   06 February 2019

Intensive Support Foster Carer - Corporate Parenting Service, Central Bedfordshire Council  +

Salary: Up to £796 per week
Central Bedfordshire Council is seeking people and families who have a spare bedroom, to consider caring for children and young people who may display more challenging behaviour. You will be part of a wider, supportive and positive team and will enable a child to remain within and experience a caring home environment. Being an intensive support foster carer can be challenging, but the rewards are incredible. You will help children positively change and improve their health, educational and life chances. You will help teens develop life and independent skills, make better choices and build a brighter future. As an intensive support foster carer you will be caring for children or teenagers who may display verbal or physical aggressive behaviour. They may also have experience of alcohol or substance misuse, criminal offending, self-harming behaviour or sexually harmful or exploitive behaviours.

In return you will receive a foster carer fee and allowance of up to £796 per week. You will also have access to full support both during and out of office hours from experienced staff. We also offer a comprehensive training package and independent advice and guidance.

Please contact http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/children/fostering/intensive-support-fostering.aspx  or call 0300 300 8181  fostering@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Closing date:   ASAP.
Interview date: TBC

Early Years Practitioner Downside Pre-school, Dunstable- 08 February 2019 +

Salary:    Dependant on Experience level 3 will start at 8.00 an hour during probation.
Hours:     8.30 – 4.00 Monday to Friday term time

Due to a large number of children joining Downside preschool, we are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated level 3 practitioner to join our busy preschool.

We deliver Forest schools each week and training will be given.  We have children from 2 to school entry and offer 30 hour’s.

You will be part of a very welcoming friendly team who are all committed to meeting the needs of the children.

You will act as a key person and visit children in their homes, as well as completing learning journeys and reports.

We plan each day as a team to support childen’s individual learning and development needs.
For further information and an application pack, please email.

Please email downsidepreschool@yahoo.co.uk or contact Julie Russell on 01582 660833.

Closing date:       08 February 2019
Interview date:     To be arranged

Before and After School Club Play Worker – Greenfield Lower School, Greenfield - 30 January 2019 +

Salary:    £9.50 - £10 per hour
Hours:     Club hours are 7:30am - 9am, 3pm - 6pm

Do you have a Childcare qualification? Do you want a rewarding career working with children for an expanding and dynamic company? If so, we want to hear from you.

We are Dawn Until Dusk Ltd an Outstanding before, after-school and holiday club and we are looking for a level 3 Play Worker to join our Before and After School Club in Greenfield Lower School.

Club hours are 7.30am - 9:00am and 3:00pm - 6.00pm, Flexible hours available.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning, preparing and delivering quality play opportunities within a safe and caring environment.
  • Providing comprehensive care for the children including collecting them from school and delivering them safely to parents/carers.
  • Providing refreshments and ensuring that hygiene, health and safety standards are met.
  • Administering first aid when necessary.
  • Consulting with children and involving them in planning activities.
  • Providing support and supervision to play workers and other staff, including volunteers.
  • Administration and record keeping, including financial records, ordering and purchasing, working within an agreed budget.
  • Encouraging parental involvement in the club.
  • Developing and maintaining good communication with all members of the organisation, parents, schools, and childcare and play related agencies.
  • Undertaking appropriate and relevant training.
  • Monitoring and maintaining a healthy, safe and secure working environment.
  • Working within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures.

The desirable applicant will have:

  • Experience of working with 3 to 11 year olds
  • Experience of administration
  • Experience of working in a supervisory or management capacity
  • Delivering equal opportunities in a play setting
  • Awareness of needs of children and families
  • Appropriate Level 3 qualification (or equivalent)
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Appropriate child protection training
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Ability to provide and facilitate safe and creative play
  • Ability to work as a team member and demonstrate leadership skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative, using judgement and common sense

Additional Hours maybe worked at our Holiday Club.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure check

For further details and an application pack please contact Katie Davies on 01234 930505 or by e-mail joinus@kidsdawntildusk.co.uk

Closing date:       30 January 2019

Early Years Practitioner (EYP) or Early Years Assistant (EYA)– Keep Guard Day Nursery - 31 January 2019 +

Salary:   Dependant on Experience
Hours:   8am - 4pm, Monday to Friday. Term Time Only

We are looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic, committed and highly motivated Early Years Practitioners or Early Years Assistant with experience of working across the EYFS Birth to 5 age range. As an Early Years Practitioner or Early Years Assistant you should have an understanding of how children learn and develop through the EYFS Framework. You must be able to use your own initiative and communicate effectively and work confidently with children, staff and parents. The role will include in the moment planning to engage the individual interests of your key children, supporting the day-to-day running of the setting, assessing and monitoring the progress children make with their learning using a tablet based system and promote their independence. This is a great opportunity for a qualified Early Years Practitioner to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding as well as contribute towards the positive achievements of our setting or for a candidate who would like to work in a supportive setting to gain a Level 3 qualification in Child Care. You should have good numeracy, literacy and communication skills and a minimum of a Level 3 in childcare or a willingness to train to a Level 3 position. You would be joining a caring, inclusive setting whose aim is for all children to thrive in their learning and development. The appointment will be subject to satisfactory DBS clearance and references. Visits to the nursery are welcomed and encouraged. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.

For further details and an application pack please contact Lynn Carmichael or Jamie Carmichael on 01234 327955 or by e-mail keepguardnursery@aol.com

Closing date:        31 January 2019

Part Time Level 3 Practitioner - Term Time – Little Squirts Pre School, Flitwick - 31 January 2019 +

Salary:   According to Experience + 30% off Childcare if required
Hours:   Part Time - Term Time - To be agreed

We are a small Private Nursery that opened in Flitwick, Bedfordshire in January 2015. We cater for children aged 3 months – 5 years, in sessions ranging from 3 – 11 Hours per day. We are seeking to employ a Part Time Level 3 Practitioner to start as soon as possible.

The ideal candidate must have at least a Level 3 Qualification with experience.

All applicants should have experience of working with children aged 0 – 5 years, plus a good knowledge of EYFS, knowledge and experience of being a Key Worker and must also must be able to work in a team.

Term Time. We are a small team so would need someone willing to be flexible and help out where needed.

For further details and an application pack please contact Vera Crehan on 07734 044318 or by e-mail vlcrehan@gmail.com

Closing Date:   31 January 2019

Deputy – Merry Poppets Nursery Ltd, RAF Henlow - 28 February 2019 +

Salary:   Dependant on experience
Hours:    Full Time Hours available Monday to Friday 7.30am - 6pm

Merry Poppets Nursery at Henlow requires a Level 3 qualified or above Deputy manager with plenty of experience to cover Maternity Leave.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and have a passion for working in child care. To oversee the day to day running of the nursery and to work as a member of the nursery team to ensure that all children attending the setting receive high quality care, are kept safe and receive rich and stimulating play experiences which meet their individual needs. Complying with Ofsted regulations.

For further details and an application pack please contact Amy Green on 01462 850242 / 01462 812470 or by e-mail Admin1@merrypoppets.co.uk

Closing Date:   28 February 2019

Early Years Practitioners – Merry Poppets Nursery Ltd, Ampthill - 28 February 2019 +

Salary:   Dependant on experience
Hours:   Full Time

Merry Poppets Nursery in Ampthill is our most recent addition to the company which only opened in September 2017, the building itself has undergone a full refurbishment as has the garden and surrounding area, we now require more Level 2/3 qualified staff.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and have a passion for working in child care. To work as a member of the nursery team to ensure that all children attending the setting receive high quality care, are kept safe and receive rich and stimulating play experiences which meet their individual needs.

For further details and an application pack please contact Amy Green on 01462 850242 / 01462 812470 or by e-mail Admin1@merrypoppets.co.uk

Closing Date:  28 February 2019

Nursery  Cook – Merry Poppets Nursery Ltd, Westoning - 31 January 2019+

Salary:   Dependant on experience
Hours:    Full Time Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday Year round

Merry Poppets Nursery in Westoning requires a full time nursery cook.

To be responsible for the preparation of food, in line with agreed menus, and cleaning of kitchen and equipment. To observe high standards of food hygiene during the preparation, cooking and serving of all foods. To operate the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen area.

To maintain high standards of personal hygiene and personal appearance in accordance with the Company’s hygiene policy

Knowledge and experience of Environmental Health Inspections essential.

Food Hygiene Level 2, Kitchen and catering experience essential for this role to be considered for an application.

For further details and an application pack please contact Amy Green on 01462 850242 / 01462 812470 or by e-mail Admin1@merrypoppets.co.uk

Closing Date:   31 January 2019

Nursery Nurses – Merry Poppets Nursery Ltd, Ampthill - 28 February 2019 +

Salary:   Dependant on experience
Hours:    Full Time

Merry Poppets Nursery at Flitwick requires Level 2/3 qualified staff.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and have a passion for working in child care. To work as a member of the nursery team to ensure that all children attending the setting receive high quality care, are kept safe and receive rich and stimulating play experiences which meet their individual needs.

For further details and an application pack please contact Amy Green on 01462 850242 / 01462 812470 or by e-mail Admin1@merrypoppets.co.uk

Closing Date:  28 February 2019

Early Years Practitioners – Merry Poppets Nursery Ltd, Westoning - 28 February 2019 +

Salary:   Dependant on experience
Hours:   Full Time

Merry Poppets Nursery at Westoning requires Level 2/3 qualified staff.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and have a passion for working in child care. To work as a member of the nursery team to ensure that all children attending the setting receive high quality care, are kept safe and receive rich and stimulating play experiences which meet their individual needs.

For further details and an application pack please contact Amy Green on 01462 850242 / 01462 812470 or by e-mail Admin1@merrypoppets.co.uk

Closing Date:   28 February 2019

Early Years Practitioners – Merry Poppets Nursery Ltd,  Chicksands Military Base, Chicksands Nr Shefford - 28 February 2018 +

Salary:   Dependant on experience
Hours:    Full Time

Merry Poppets Nursery Chicksands requires Level 2/3 qualified staff.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and have a passion for working in child care. To work as a member of the nursery team to ensure that all children attending the setting receive high quality care, are kept safe and receive rich and stimulating play experiences which meet their individual needs.

For further details and an application pack please contact Amy Green on 01462 850242 / 01462 812470 or by e-mail Admin1@merrypoppets.co.uk

Closing Date:   28 February 2019

EYFS Lead – Multi-Active, Biggleswade Academy, Biggleswade - 25 January 2019 +

Salary:   £10 per hour
Hours:   30-40 hours a week, 7.00-9.00am & 14.00 -18.00pm

Multi-Active are seeking to recruit an Early Years Practitioner. The role will be helping with the delivery of a wraparound care club in Biggleswade. The role will involve working with children between the ages of 2-13 years old assisting with the operation of the breakfast and After School Club.

For further details and an application pack please contact Josh Owen on 07384 645660 or by e-mail josh.owen@multi-active.co.uk h

Closing Date:    25 January 2019
Interview Dte:    30 January 2019

EYFS Teacher – Orchard School and Nursery, Barton Le Clay - 17 January 2019 +

Salary:    TBC
Hours:     Full Time

Founded in 1991 Orchard School is a well-respected and successful co-educational independent day school for children from six months to nine years of age.

Start date to be January 2019

We are a happy, caring family school where children come first. Our solid nursery foundation enables children to approach their formal education confidently with skills and experiences that deliver a culture of high expectations.  We have an enviable reputation for preparing children for the next stage in their education and an exceptional record in terms of gaining places at the top public schools in the area

We enjoy an inspiring idyllic rural setting overlooked by the fine downland and woodland of the Barton Hills.  Our grounds are a celebration of the commitment we share to the wonder of the outdoor environment.  Our great staff team and supportive parents work together in partnership ensuring children are well mannered, motivated and attain their true potential.

The joy of small class sizes at Orchard ensure teaching is how it should be, enjoyable and rewarding.  Orchard children are polite, well behaved and incredibly eager to learn.

We require an exceptional classroom teacher for January 2019 to join our thriving and happy Independent School.  We offer a unique opportunity for an innovative, committed, and qualified professional with added support and guidance from a highly effective leadership team.  The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, willing to participate fully in all aspects of school life and commit to the responsibilities associated with the day-to-day routine of a busy exciting school.

For further details and an application pack please e-mail admin@orchardschool.org.uk. or contact this number 01582 882054.

Closing date:       17 January 2019

Early Years Educator – Wootton Community Nursery - 27 January 2019+

Salary:   £16,424
Hours:   40 hours per week, all year round

Wootton Community Nursery is a purpose build, brand new facility that opened in October 2018 offering full day care to the growing population of Wootton. This exciting project provides 60 places for children aged 6 months to 5 years. After a successful start, we are looking to expand our new team with a full-time Early Years Educator.

What we are looking for
You will be at least level 2 qualified with experience or working with the EYFS and children up to the age of 5. You will need a positive approach to team working, a 'hands-on, can-do' attitude, and an ability to communicate effectively with both children and adults. A second language, as well as excellent spoken and written English, will be an advantage.

What we can offer you
You will be well supported by the senior nursery team. We will provide a safe and secure environment for you to work in with family friendly policies and a strong commitment to your continuing professional development. More importantly, we can offer a one off opportunity to join a group of enthusiastic Early Years professionals in defining and developing a brand new childcare facility in a rapidly growing area of Bedford Borough.

For further details and an application pack email hr@familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk or contact Julie Smith on 01234 341977 X2014.

Closing date:        27 January 2019
Interview date:      TBA

Assistant Practitioner Specialist Play Learning & Activity Team Ltd - 26 April 2019 +

Salary:   Competitive salary
Hours:   45 hours

We require a Baby Room Leader at our  new Day Nursery & Forest School, committed to providing high-quality childcare and early years learning for children.

Applicants should have a passion for outdoor learning and ideally, have experience in planning and room leading.

Level 2 in early years or equivalent will be desierable for this role how ever we are also willing to support practioners working towards qualifications and apprentiships.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a newly built setting with a new enthusiastic team. Training will be provided as well as career growth within the organisation. Our environment strongly focuses on child lead learning, outdoor and messy play, as well as being innovative in technology for both practitioners and children.  Room leader who joins us at this early stage will be given their budget for their rooms to create their environment. Our management will be supporting and encouraging our room leaders to lead their own teams.

Part-time and full-time applications are welcomed.

Qualities required:

  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Effective communication and motivation skills
  • A real desire and capability to achieve the highest standards in childcare
  • Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • A good understanding of the Children Act 2004 and Childcare Act 2006
  • Able to work alongside the team in the day-to-day routine of the nursery and forest school.

Please note the successful candidate for this position must undergo an enhanced DBS check. An additional criminal record check (or checks if more than one country) will also be made for anyone who has lived or worked abroad for settingsh

For further details and an application pack please email manager@splat.ltd or contact Gemma Porterfield on 01462 342050.

Closing date:      26 April 2019
Interview date:    30 April 2019

Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All employers will carry out enhanced DBS checks on all staff and volunteers.<

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