Senior Early Years Educator, Day Nursery

Day Nursery



  • Posted on: 10th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £22,271 - £24,827 per annum
  • REF: REQ05325
  • Closes: 22nd November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Set in the peaceful surroundings of Wivenhoe Park on our Colchester Campus, our Day Nursery offers high quality day care to children from 3 months to 5 years. We serve the local community, University staff and students.

Duties of the Role

We are currently recruiting for a qualified Senior Early Years Educator to join our friendly and diverse senior team at the Day Nursery. This post is fixed-term for 12 months to cover maternity leave, and the hours of work are 38 hours per week, operational time is Monday – Friday between 8am and 6pm but you will only be required to work your 38 hours over 4 days.

Additional responsibilities include, to monitor health and safety within your room, making necessary changes to the environment if needed; ensure the smooth running of the Day Nursery rooms through effective staff delegation; host regular meetings for your team and facilitate staff training.

If you are applying for this post as a secondment you must discuss your application with your current line manager before making an application. See General Information of the attached job pack section for more details.

Qualifications and skills required:

You will have an NVQ level 3 in childcare or equivalent and have previous experience of leading a team within a childcare setting and experience of working with all age ranges under 5. You must also have a Certificate in Paediatric First Aid, a Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding Children and a minimum GCSE Grade C, or equivalent, in English and Mathematics.

You will have an understanding of Early Learning Journals and record keeping, and have the ability to work effectively as part of a team, as well as on own initiative.

Due to the nature of the work, this appointment is subject to a criminal record check, known as a Disclosure. Must be able to undertake the manual aspects of the post, some of which will require physical effort.

Benefits to working at Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery:

  • Being part of a large senior team
  • Our seniors have the flexibility to use their own ideas and initiatives to lead an outstanding environment for 0-5year olds with the support from the Deputy Manager and the Early Years Practice Manager.
  • Beautiful outdoor space with allotments, nature garden and animal garden
  • The use of online journals
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Regular free training and professional development days
  • Opportunities to progress professionally
  • Team building events and celebrations

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email

This recruitment campaign is being administered by the University of Essex on behalf of University of Essex Campus Services Ltd, a wholly owned company of the University. Some aspects of the information provided on this recruitment website may not apply to this appointment.

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