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Early Years Practitioner - Full-time/Part-time

Skips Preschool, Ightham

  • Ref:KCC886-524561-1S
  • Posted:06/06/2023
  • Pay:Minimum wage plus
  • Start Date:4 September 2023
  • App Close Date:05/07/2023 at 22:00
  • Interviews:June and July 2023


Due to increasing numbers we have a vacancy for a Qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner with an interest in outdoor learning to start in September 2023

Location: Ightham, nr Sevenoaks. TN15 9DD

Job Description

We are a term time pre-school with our own woodland and Forest School area (open 38 weeks/year) offering childcare and education to children aged 22 months to school age (5yrs).

We offer a cosy, homely setting with a high level of individual attention and personalised care, combined with fantastic learning and development resources.  

All applicants must show strong oral skills, have a full understanding of child development, the Early Years Foundation Stage and OFSTED requirements together with a positive hands on approach.  

Salary Guide: National Minimum Wage or higher depending upon qualifications and experience

Hours: Full or Part-Time 8:30am to 3:15pm 4 days week between Monday and Friday term time or can be flexible for the right candidate.

Essential Requirements:

  • Qualified Level 3 in Childcare or equivalent
  • Good current knowledge of the EYFS and Safeguarding
  • Previous recent experience working within a childcare setting essential
  • Be willing to further your knowledge within Early Years
  • To be able to work as part of a highly motivated and professional team
  • Have proven organisational and communication skills
  • Have a passion for outdoor learning and forest school
  • Ideally live within a 12 mile radius of Ightham and have use of a car due to poor public transport links

Personal skills:

  • reliable
  • motivated and enthusiastic
  • team worker
  • empathy and understanding
  • calm and be able to work under stress
  • flexible 

Desirable Requirements:

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Handling Certificate

Staff Benefits:

  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

This post requires you to complete an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory current references

For further information call Sue Chesson on 07712816019

To be considered for interview all applicants must have an Early Years Qualification at Level 3 or higher with a minimum of 2 years recent relevant experience.  

Please apply by forwarding your CV to Sue Chesson by email to sue@skipspreschool.co.uk 


Information about the school

SKIPS Pre-School is a small independent rural setting. We are situated in the heart of stunning countryside in Oldbury, Ightham between Sevenoaks, and Borough Green in Kent. The Pre-School is adjacent Ightham Primary School with safe free parking and access via the Recreation Ground path at the rear of the premises. We are Ofsted Registered with a ‘Good’ rating providing learning and play experiences for children aged 22 months to 5-year-olds. We are open Monday to Friday offering a variety of sessions between 08:45 to 15:00 term time.

We have our own building with easy and safe access to the local park; our own woodland for forest school; Oldbury Woods and nearby farmland.

The Pre-School is graduate led and provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, where children are encouraged to achieve their full potential in all areas of development, and where pre-school life will be a fun, relaxed and positive experience. We aim to provide an environment that feels like home as well as a rich outdoor learning environment to foster children’s resilience. We are a pre-school without most conventional plastic toys, meaning we use real items, loose parts, and nature through the seasons.
We view young children as curious individuals who have an innate powerful ability to see the potential world which surrounds them. Through our child centred approach to our curriculum, we work diligently to create highly engaging, enabling environments. The approaches and experiences we offer to enhance children’s early learning and education include a mix of

o In the moment planning and learning through play o The Curiosity Approach o The Early Years Foundation Stage o Forest School sessions and outdoor learning

The Curiosity Approach combines inspiration from pioneering theorists including Maria Montessori, Rudolph Steiner, Reggio, and Te Whariki from New Zealand. Creating rich learning environments to engage in and play the children use natural objects and loose parts to stimulate their curiosity, imagination, and creativity. We aim to be environmentally friendly and use sustainable equipment and resources.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Sue Chesson
  • Address:Oldbury Lane, Ightham, Sevenoaks, Ightham, Kent, TN15 9DD
  • Telephone: 07712816019
  • Email: sue@skipspreschool.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 Legislation.