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Maternity Cover Key Worker for Key Stage One Children - Full-time

Barming Primary School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-2080-174S
  • Posted:12/09/2023
  • Pay:KR3
  • Start Date:1st January 2024
  • App Close Date:16/10/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We are excited to advertise a job for a full time Key Worker which is a perfect job if you have young children of your own, as it works around school timings and holidays!   

The hours are as follows: 

Key Stage One Maternity Cover Key Worker (Year 2) - Full Time - 8.30am to 3.15pm. 

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join our team. Being a keyworker is about supporting a child or children who have additional needs and find school that bit more challenging.   Therefore, we are looking for someone who is calm, patient, nurturing, has different ways to de-escalate and above all has the capacity not to take things personally when the child/ren they are supporting has/have a bad day - we all have bad days!   We also want someone who has a drive and passion for education; where fun, enjoyment and quality first support is at the heart of all lessons/activities. We want a new member of staff to add capacity to our team and to make a real difference to the child/ren and family that they are supporting.  If you have these qualities please arrange a visit and meet the team!

If you can answer ‘yes’ to the questions below, please apply as we would love to meet you... 

  • Do you have a drive to help all children achieve?
  • Do you know the curriculum?
  • Do you think outside of the box and create fun and enjoyable activities?
  • Do you believe in using the outside area, including meaningful school trips to enhance learning experiences?
  • Are you ready to join a supportive team of Senior Leaders, Teachers and Teaching Assistants?
  • Do you whole heartedly believe in a collaborative approach to education and love to work as part of a team?

Our staff have high expectations and provide pupils with a high-quality environment that encourages learning and supports activities.

Please contact the school office (after the Summer Holidays- From 1st September) to arrange an appointment with Mrs Stere (Inclusion Manager).

About the position:

The position is for term time only.   

Closing date: Friday 20th October 2023 9am

Interviews/Activity: TBC

Start Date: 1st January 2024 


  • Previous Teaching Assistant Experience is desirable
  • Be a team player able to seek and follow advice
  • Have an interest in children’s nurture, while at the same time being firm, but fair.
  • Be able to form positive and empathetic relationships with children, parents and colleagues
  • Have a reasonable level of IT skills
  • Be able to work independently using their own initiative, as well as with guidance
  • Be prepared to change nappies or help with toileting problems
  • Have good written and spoken communication skills
  • Have a GCSE pass in Maths and English.

Barming Primary School is committed to safeguarding children. This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring Service, check against the ISA barred list for children and it is subject to references.

References will be sought before interview.

We reserve the right to appoint before this advert closes.


Information about the school

Barming Pre-School and Primary School is a member of the Orchard Academy Trust family of schools and is made up of Allington Primary School and Barming Pre-School and Primary School. We cater for 2 - 11 year olds. It is a well-equipped two-form entry primary school serving the village of Barming (and surrounding areas) on the edge of Maidstone. We have approximately 466 children in purpose built accommodation, including shared resource and work areas, corridor libraries and a computer suite. Our school has a large site which provides admirably for our social and academic work. We strive for a provision committed to enabling every child to become the very best they can be, encouraging high expectations and working hard to achieve the very best for everyone in our school.

Barming Pre-School and Primary School is committed to developing staff in order to ensure that teaching and learning in the school is of the highest standard. We endeavour to provide a high quality provision within an inclusive environment and ever changing financial position.

Well-being is high up on our priorities, ensuring that this is cascaded throughout our school for children, staff and wider community. This helps to provide an environment that is continuously looking at work/life balance - work hard / play hard!

Barming Pre-School and Primary School is committed to safeguarding children. This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring Service, check against the ISA barred list for children, online checks and it is subject to references. References will be sought before interview, unless otherwise stated on your application form with a valid reason.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mr Chris Laker
  • Address:Belmont Close, Barming, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 9DY
  • Telephone: (01622) 726472
  • Email: hr@barming.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01622 729844


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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.