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Early Years Practitioner - Term Time

Swale Academies Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F54-77-S
  • Posted:26/09/2022
  • Pay:Swale Academies Support Staff Pay Scheme
  • Start Date:October 2022 or sooner if possible
  • App Close Date:10/10/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:W/C 17th October 2022


We have an opportunity to appoint an 2 Early Years Practitioners to our team at Westlands Nursery School.

Positon 1:

Salary: £6,915 pro rata (£20,263 fte) SAT 3


15 hours a week.


Position 2:

Salary: £2,535 pro rata (£20,263 fte) SAT 3

Fixed term for 12 months to provide 1:1 support to a child with Special Needs.

5.5 hours a week.

Please specify on your application which position you are applying for. The fixed term position could be worked in addition to the permanent position so a successful candidate could work both.

As an Early Years Practitioner, you will help the nursery team to provide quality education and care for children from 3 months to 5 years old. Developing partnerships with parents and carers and acting as a key person to a group of children.

Some key responsibilities are:

  • Planning and providing a caring and stimulating environment for the children;
  • Observing and assessing children’s development and keeping accurate records;
  • Working as part of a team.

The successful candidate would have:

  • Level 2 or 3 qualification in Childcare or equivalent;
  • Experience of planning age appropriate activities to stimulate learning and development, based on observation;
  • Good knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum;
  • Understanding of the issues surrounding the safeguarding of children and commitment to child welfare and safety.

Full details of the requirements of the post can be found in the accompanying recruitment pack.

Westlands Nursery, part of Swale Academies Trust, is situated in the grounds of the Westlands Primary school. The setting offers a safe, calm and caring environment which allows children the freedom to explore, play and socially interact with their peers.

Employee Benefits:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme – with a generous employer contribution;
  • Employee Assistance Programme – Wellbeing and advice;
  • Ride to Work Scheme;
  • Kent Rewards Scheme – local and national retailer discounts;
  • Employee Referral Recruitment Incentive.

If you are interested in this post, please contact Samantha Mitchell, Nursery Manager at samantha.mitchell@swale.at or 01795 430629.

Applications should be made via Kent Teach. Please note, we can not accept C.V's on their own.

We are happy to discuss any support you may need during your application process as part of our reasonable adjustment approach.

If you experience any difficulty in completing the application form, please contact recruitment@swale.at or 01795 426091 (option 2)

In accordance with current GDPR compliance we will not keep any details / application forms on file once the position is filled.

Interview Dates: Week Commencing 17th October 2022

Swale Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from ROA and will require an enhanced DBS disclosure

Information about the trust

Since its creation in September 2010 Swale Academies Trust has become a strong and successful school improvement service, specialising in taking schools in Ofsted category and turning them into good schools. A glance at the most recent Ofsted reports for Westlands Primary School, Meopham School, The North School, Regis Manor School and The Sittingbourne School, will all point to the effectiveness of the Trust in bringing about change and providing and enabling excellent leadership. First and foremost Swale Academies Trust is about the provision and development of high quality leadership and management.

We don’t seek to develop clone schools that deliver education in a regimented manner. Rather, we value the development in our schools of a spirit of enquiry and action research that provides the best possible education that is right for pupils in a local setting. We do however collectively value and strive for all pupils to produce beautiful work which showcases their development over time of which they, their teachers and support staff and parents can be really proud. We are proud of our schools and we strive for a sense of shared pride in the achievements of all of our students.

Our ambition is driven by enabling schools and children to succeed. We have a wide range of excellent and highly accomplished senior leaders who lead with a sense of purpose, charisma and a set of shared values. The Trust is fortunate to be overseen by a Board of Directors who share leaders’ values and who provide the highest quality challenge and support.

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.