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Kindergarten Teacher - Full-time

CLOSED New School Canterbury, Nr. Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-6158-1T
  • Posted:14/04/2023
  • Pay:£22000 - £25000
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:15/06/2023 at 20:00
  • Interviews:Interviews will take place on a rolling basis



Situated on an idyllic site in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by an organic farm, just 10 minutes South of Canterbury, New school offers a Steiner Waldorf curriculumn with a strong focus on wellbeing, ecology and outdoor education.

We are delighted to be opening our second Kindergarten in September 2023 and are looking for a Kindergarten Teacher who are excited by the opportunity to create a learning environment of exploration where childhood is valued, imagination nurtured and education unhurried. Where we develop curious, compassionate and confident learners who are eager and ready to take their first steps into school at six years of life.

Kindergarten Teacher Role:

New School Canterbury is looking for a committed Early Years professional with:

  • an accredited Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Qualification (level 3 and above)

  • experience working within a Waldorf Kindergarten,

  • a proven ability to relate to and inspire children,

  • the capacity to communicate and work well with colleagues and parents.

  • All Kindergarten staff will also have an up-to-date qualification in paediatric first aid PFA (this can be updated in-service).

  • Safeguarding training will be offered and must be completed before starting the role. 

New School Canterbury is committed to Safeguarding and welfare of all children. All employees will be vetted for suitability to work with children and young people, and all appointments will be subject to the following:  Satisfactory DBS check  Satisfactory references  Proof of eligibility to work in the UK



All posts defined as “regulated activity” are subject to an Enhanced DBS check so that any criminal background (including “spent” convictions, bind-over orders or cautions) is disclosed to the organisation. We cannot employ someone to this post without this check. If you are successful in applying for this post we will ask the DBS for a Disclosure.

The position for which you are applying involves contact with vulnerable groups. It is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all subsequent amendments (England and Wales). For this position you are not entitled to withhold information about police cautions, bind-overs, or any criminal convictions that would otherwise have been considered “spent” under the Act. 


In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, this organisation will only use the information given on application forms to determine your suitability for this post and to monitor equal opportunities. We will keep application forms of unsuccessful candidates for six months before being destroyed.


New School is an equal opportunities employer that values diversity in our team. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people of all backgrounds, and will consider all applications on their merit, ensuring a range of methods and people contribute to an impartial selection process.

For more information: www.newschoolcanterbury.co.uk

Or Contact: beth@newschoolcanterbury.co.uk

The position will remain open until filled. 

Information about the school

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel" Socrates ​ New School provides a rigorous, pioneering Steiner Waldorf education built on a foundation of creativity and guided by an understanding of the developing human being; balancing imagination, critical thinking and academic excellence. Our approach to learning enables each child to uncover and nurture the unique gift that they bring to the world, so that when they leave, they have a strong sense of self and purpose in life. ​ We live in a time of unprecedented change. What is innovative today will be obsolete tomorrow. Progress calls for new ideas, fresh perspectives and an abundance of courage and creativity. Through inspiring a love of learning, inner strength and joy, New School nurtures the character and creative intellect of tomorrow’s leaders and change-makers.

Through creating a community that lives by the values we hope to instil within our children, we hope to become an inspiration and resource for other schools and to change the emphasis of education from creating leavers who can slot into today's economy, to young leaders with a sense of purpose and a will to make a positive difference within the world.

We weave environmental responsibility and stewardship into our education and everyday life on our 3.5 acre site, surrounded by an organic farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Through extended time outdoors, our children have a deep understanding of the reciprocal relationship we have with nature. We believe that this is imperative if we are to develop a generation who will care for the environment out of love rather than fear of what will happen if they don't. New School holds each child’s wellbeing at its heart.

Research shows that nurturing a strong connection with nature has a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Nature can generate a multitude of positive emotions, such as calmness, joy and creativity as well as supporting concentration and lowering feelings of depression and anxiety. At New School, children grow their own vegetables, enjoy harvesting fruit and berries and learn the therapeutic qualities of the plants in our medicinal herbs gardens. Our growing programme also teaches patience - so important in a world where immediate gratification is too often demanded.

Spending time with animals has a positive impact on children’s happiness and sense of wellbeing. Alongside abundant wildlife on site, a visiting cat and a school dog, we have a partnership with our neighbouring stables, allowing our children to spend time with their horses. Our hope, before long, is to provide a home for rescue rabbits, chickens and a goat on our site.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Beth Cuenco
  • Address:New School Canterbury, Garlinge Green Rd, Chartham, Nr. Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5RU
  • Telephone: 01227 730067
  • Email: info@newschoolcanterbury.co.uk


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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.