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Portchester Community School

Level 3 Qualified Early Years Practitioner

Closing date: 17/06/2024 at 12:00

Contract/Hours: Permanent , Full-time

Salary Type: Support Staff

Salary Details: Grade B - £22,737 to £23,058

Hours of Work: Full-time 37 hours per week 52 weeks per year

Location of Role: Castle Street

Contact e-mail address: [email protected]

Job/Person Summary

The successful applicant will be highly motivated, enthusiastic about working with children, caring, kind and eager to provide children with the highest level of experiences based on our ethos of learning through play.

The postholder will also be responsible for fulfilling the safeguarding requirements of the role and adhering to the school’s safeguarding policy.

Experience working within the Early Years sector and a good understanding of child development: Essential

A good understanding of the importance of planning, assessing an evaluating key children’s development. Liaising with parents regarding their children’s development. Identifying when children are displaying characteristics of delay and may need additional support either within the setting or from outside agencies e.g., portage, speech and language, Paediatrician etc: Essential

To participate towards creating a desirable environment to enhance the children’s experiences and encourage investigation and exploration: Essential

To have an excellent understanding of ‘How to keep children safe’ protect them from harm, follow safeguarding procedures and maintain a professional manner. To follow daily procedures regarding risk assessments and recording of accidents and injuries. To follow procedures for children with allergies and medical conditions and adhere to children’s health care plans: Essential

To have excellence understanding of confidentiality and apply this within your role: Essential

To Maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene within the setting. To ensure children are kept clean and are assisted and encouraged to have high standards of self-help skills e.g. clean faces, hands, assist with toileting and nappy changing: Essential

To welcome parents and carers and build good professional relationships, to show care and respect for children’s property: Essential

To work within a team, have professional communication skills and be able to use your initiative: Essential

The candidate must be kind, caring, compassionate and have a calming nature: Essential

The candidate must be enthusiastic and willing to join in with the planning of events such as fundraising, summer and Christmas fayres, graduation parties etc: Essential

Paediatric First Aid Trained: Desirable

Holder of a current driving licence: Desirable

Portchester Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

Online searches will be completed on all shortlisted candidates as part of the recruitment process.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 because it is a post which involves working directly with children or young people.  If shortlisted for interview you are therefore required to declare whether you have any criminal convictions (or cautions or bind-overs) including those which are ‘spent’.  The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provide that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.  Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-filtering-guidance

Application Procedure

An Application Pack can be downloaded from our website at www.portchester.hants.sch.uk

under the ‘About Us’ menu, or email: [email protected] or please call the community team on 023 9236 4399 (2pm to 7pm).  If you would like to book for a tour prior to application or interview, please contact us for an appointment.

Please email your completed application to [email protected]  Please return the equalities monitoring form in line with the details shown on the form.

Applications will be considered on receipt and suitable candidates invited for interview.  We reserve the right to withdraw the advertisement early if the vacancy is filled before the closing date.

Safer Recruitment

Portchester Community School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

About us

Address: White Hart Lane, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 9BD

Telephone: 023 9236 4399

Website: www.portchester.hants.sch.uk

Application form