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Early Years Practitioner - Maternity

Westlands Primary School, Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-3912-215S
  • Posted:17/01/2023
  • Pay:£12,774 Pro Rata (£20,263 FTE) SAT3
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:26/01/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:w/c 29th January 2023


  • Maternity Cover until 21st July 2023
  • 27 hours a week, Term time.
  • £12,774 Pro Rata (£20,263 FTE) SAT3

We have an opportunity to appoint an Early Years Practitioner to our team at Westlands Nursery School for a Maternity Cover. Previous applicants need not apply. Will consider non-qualified applicants for the position.

Level 2 or Level 3 Childcare qualifications preferable

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 Mitchel, Nursery Manager at samantha.mitchell@swale.at or 01795 430629.

Applications should be made via Kent Teach.  Please note, we cannot accept CVs. 

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: w/c 23th January 2023

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 school

We are a school that likes to celebrate success at every level. Our children are hard-working, enjoy a challenge and love to learn. We provide a huge array of activities for children to broaden their experiences which you will be able to see through our news and updates on our website and social media feeds. Working in partnership with parents, carers and other key members of the community we work together on the school’s journey to provide an outstanding provision for all.

Westlands Primary School is part of Swale Academies Trust, which is one of the leading Multi Academy Trusts in the south east with a highly effective record in school improvement.

The Trust consists of a group of primary and secondary schools based in Kent, East Sussex and South London. Westlands Primary School was judged ‘Good’ in its last Ofsted inspection in July 2019 and the school continues to improve and develop. The welfare and development of its pupils is at the heart of everything the school does.

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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 Education.