Nursery Practitioner

Nursery Practitioner

Due to growing numbers, we are seeking an experienced Nursery Practitioner to join our thriving team on a 30 hour per week all year round basis.

The Ideal Candidate Will:

The ideal candidate is qualified to level 2 or 3 with a thorough knowledge of the EYFS and ages and stages of development. We would love to appoint someone who is committed to authentic relationships and new learning and who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the children they work with. If you think to can rise to our challenge then we would love to hear from you.

Essential Talents:

  • You must have a warm smiling face that makes every child feel special.
  • You must be able to laugh at jokes you don’t understand, or don’t find funny!
  • 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!
  • 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 must be able to distribute warm hugs as required (both to children and teammates).
  • You possess the skills required to rapidly count the heads of numerous moving small people is of the utmost importance.
  • You are an expert in finding suitable names for the thousands of snails, worms and ladybirds found, captured, and observed in the garden
  • You can add a song into an opportunity to help a child be motivated (the wipe your bottom song comes to mind).
  • Must be comfortable entering public places on the way home from work, with unknown substances on your clothing, or in full fancy dress.
  • Pretending to eat playdough creations realistically is required, and that of drinking numerous cups of pretend tea.
  • You must have the ability to read a ten-page fairytale, upside down, with at least 4 interruptions per page.
  • You love to dance in the rain, catch snowflakes on your tongue and fly kites in the wind.
  • You must be prepared to have lots of fun in the workplace. Laughter is something you can expect to engage in for a large part of your working day.
  • Finally, you must be prepared to feel loved, special, and important to many young children and their families.

There are also a few other grown-up benefits:

Salary
£11.50 – £12.00 (dependent on level and experience)

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.

Pension
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 interested in what really is the most rewarding job, working with the most wonderful children, please complete the application form.

*We are an equal opportunities employer. However, due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate should be able to undertake and provide a clear criminal records check and satisfactory references.

Our parents say

  • "I was delighted with the care you took of my daughter in her first year with you. Thank you! Continue reading →"
    - A Parent