Offerd Salary:£20,270 - £21,318
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Nursery Assistant Band 2

Main area

Taplins Childcare


Band 2




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



Western Community Hospital




£20,270 - £21,318 pa

Salary period



29/11/2022 23:59
Job overview Job overview

Are you a compassionate and caring individual looking to grow your career as a Nursery Assistant in a fun and nurturing environment? If so, then we are looking for enthusiastic Nursery Assistants to join our friendly team.

We offer childcare to children from the ages of 3 months to 5 years in our bright and airy nursery. The nursery has a dedicated craft and messy play area and access to a large and secure outside space- so lots of opportunities for adventure for our children! We also have cosy sleeping areas for when they need to rest.

You will be looking after a group of children and ensuring that all their needs are met during the day and that they have fun and engaging activities planned.

We love seeing our children progress, knowing that we've played a key role in their development.

You will plan and carry out a variety of fun activities with the children in line with the Early Years' curriculum. You are also responsible for evaluating the activities, and for maintaining online learning journals via Tapestry.

About the team

Our nursery cares for children aged from 3 months to 5 years.

Main duties of the job

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

There are opportunities for progression (if that is what you are looking for) within Taplins and the wider NHS. . If you are looking to work somewhere you can make a difference, then this could be the job for you as we are always open to new ideas.

Our working hours are between 7am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, so you need to be flexible to work shift patterns within these hours. Our part time staff work specific days during the week, and our full time posts are worked over 4 days giving you a day off in the week!

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

You'll work as part of a vibrant and caring team meeting the needs of small groups of children.

You'll promote each child's development and have lots of fun doing this! Reading stories, giving cuddles, pretending to have tea parties, finding bugs in the garden, painting and lots more!

You also need to be great at liaising with parents/carers

You will be responsible for evaluating the activities, and for maintaining online learning journals via Tapestry- and we can show you how to do this.

What we're looking for

You'll need to be calm, kind and caring, and have an enthusiastic approach to working with children and their families.

You'll need to be committed and reliable.

We are a busy service and team working is essential to meet each child's needs, so you'll need to be ready to work closely with others.

We're particularly looking for proactive people with brilliant ideas to help us continuously improve our services.

If this is you, we'd love to meet you!

Additional information

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Evidence of willingness to keep training updated
  • Good standard of secondary education
  • Desirable criteria
  • Willing to complete Level 3 qualification in Early Years and Childcare
  • Maths and English GSCE/GCE grade C and above (or equivalent)
  • Current paediatric and/or first aid at work certificate
  • Current food hygiene certificate
  • To hold a full and relevant Level 3 Early Years Qualification (in accordance with https: // www. finder ). If qualified post June 2016, to also hold a full paediatric first aid (PFA) or an emergency PFA certificate
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates enthusiastic approach to working with children and learning practically within nursery
  • Previous experience in team work
  • Able to provide relevant activity ideas and ability to care for children
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Aware of confidentiality issues
  • Aware of safeguarding children
  • Awareness of health and safety issues
  • Imagination/creative shown
  • Ability to effectively complete documentation
  • Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of activities to promote development at varying ages
  • Personal Qualities Essential criteria
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Able to work both individually & in a team
  • Calm & patient manner
  • Professional approach to childcare
  • Demonstrates common sense
  • Desirable criteria
  • Smart and professional appearance, in line with Trust uniform policy
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Flexible, reliable and punctual
  • Able to attend meetings & training outside of working hours
  • Desirable criteria
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    Employer certification / accreditation badges Applicant requirements

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 255.5KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 111.9KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Rebecca McFarlane

    Job title

    Nursery Manager

    Email address

    [email protected]

    Telephone number

    023 8120 8778
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