Job Opportunities

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Have you ever thought… ‘I could be a superhero in the life of a child,’ someone who comes alongside and encourages imagination, and curiosity through play? Do you love to read stories out loud, pretend to be a character and encourage a child to take their next unique step in their development no matter how small that may seem? If the answer is yes, then maybe Tiny Steps is the place for you.

We are a community-based Nursery in the heart of Milton Keynes, one of our staff values is ‘people matter,’ we are passionate about ensuring children and families have the best early years’ experience. These are formative years in the life of a child and we embrace the experience as Practitioners.

So, what are we looking for in a new team member:

  • You must have a warm smiling face that makes every child feel special.
  • You must be able to laugh at jokes, even if you didn’t understand or find them funny.
  • Be comfortable telling everyone in the room you need a toilet break.
  • You will preferably have a little quirkiness. If a child requests that you be a captain of a pirate ship, you will be the best pirate captain you can be! Shiver me timbers!
  • You must be able to rapidly count the heads of small moving people.
  • Be able to drink numerous cups of tea and eat play dough food.
  • You love to dance in the rain, catch snowflakes on your tongue and fly kites in the wind.
  • The ability to sing in tune is not necessary, however, the ability to sing out of tune in front of a crowd is essential.
  • You are an expert in finding suitable names for the thousands of snails, worms and ladybirds found, captured, and observed in the garden
  • You must be prepared to have lots of fun; no 2 days are the same.
  • Be able to think out of the box, or rather what could be done with this box!
  • You can add a song into any opportunity to help a child be motivated (the wipe your bottom song comes to mind).
  • You must be able to distribute warm hugs as required (both to children and team mates).
  • Finally, you must be willing to feel loved and special to many children and their families. There really is no other job like this one.

There are also a few other grown-up benefits

Sign-on Bonus
All new qualified permanent Practitioners of our nursery team will receive a sign-up bonus totalling £500 paid following a successful probationary period.

Employee Discounts
Helping you stretch your earnings further, we offer access to exclusive money-saving deals on everything from the weekly essentials to tech, holidays and fitness & leisure purchases.

Employee Wellbeing
Access to 24/7 GP medical service, mental health counselling sessions and general well-being guidance and support for employees and their families provided by WeCare in association with Canada Life.

Childcare Discount
You can apply to receive a 50% discount on your child’s nursery fees and a further discount if you have a second child in our care. Grandparents can apply for a 25% discount for a grandchild.

Holiday Allowance
All employees receive a minimum of 22 days annual holiday increasing by an additional day each year to a maximum of 28 days. Employees also receive bank holidays.

Refer A Friend
We need to attract and recruit the best childcare talent who share our values and aspirations – people like you. You will receive £500 for every friend who joins our nursery team.

Award Events
Our annual awards evening is an opportunity for the whole team to come together to recognise, celebrate and reward achievements over the past 12 months.

Salary Advance
Each one of us faces an emergency from time to time. Chat with your line manager if you are experiencing financial difficulties – it may be possible to arrange a salary advance. If you require additional support, line management can signpost our benevolence fund and help you apply for additional support.

Our workplace pension scheme, offered through the People’s Partnership, is available to all staff. Members receive a minimum 7% contribution from Milton Keynes Christian Centre into their pension fund each month.

Death In Service
Employees under the age of 74 who have completed their initial probationary period will be enrolled in our death-in-service benefit. It pays out a cash sum equal to 3 x your basic gross salary to your chosen beneficiary if you are in our employment at the time of your death.

Income Protection
Employees suffering long-term illness or injury may be eligible to receive 75% of their salary paid for up to 24 months providing financial security and time to consider necessary lifestyle adjustments.

On-going training and development
We provide the opportunity for all colleagues to progress their careers with us, through internal coaching and external training courses.

If you are enthusiastic about the potential of working in our fabulous environment, why not click on the links to discover more about available opportunities.

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