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Early Years Practitioner/ Nursery Assistant
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/734/25662
  • Published: Wed 16/11/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/12/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 30
  • Salary: £23,194 - £23,620 pro rata
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Cherry Tree Nursery

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Early Years Practitioner/ Nursery Assistant

Job introduction

We are seeking a passionate and motivated Early years practitioner/ Nursery Assistant with a minimum level 3 qualification to join our nursery team

The hourly role for this post is £12.02 per hour

The role is 30 hours per week working ideally 12:15-6:15pm, however we would consider some other working patterns such as:

24-25 hours a week working 12:15-5:15pm Monday to Friday or 4 afternoons.

30 hours a week working two 12:15-6:15pm days and two 8:45am-6:15pm days.

For an informal discussion about working hours, the role and the nursery, please contact Eleanor Macey - Nursery Manager on 01273 296052.

Interview date: Monday 12th December 2022

About the role

This role is an Early Years Practitioner working with children from 3 months up to 4 years. This would be working alongside a team of staff to ensure we provide engaging learning experiences in a safe and caring environment, supported by a Room leader and Deputy room leader

 We are looking for someone who can demonstrate excellent practice, supports a positive approach to behaviour and emotional literacy, has good EYFS knowledge and understanding of young children’s needs.

The job involves being a key person, building positive relationships, being a positive role model and ensuring the children feel safe and nurtured, engaging in children’s play, inputting ideas for planning, assessment, and maintaining high standards of early learning.

The team:

We promote a holistic approach to our practice and encourage practitioners to provide experiences that are creative and encourage children’s inquisitive nature to explore and learn.

We are passionate about inclusion and provide experiences and opportunities to all children in our setting. We practice a non-discriminatory approach and require our staff to demonstrate inclusion in all areas of their work, celebrating diversity.

We are proud of our staff who are qualified or working towards a qualification, who share our passion for delivering a high standard of care to the children and provide exciting opportunities for the children to grow, learn and develop into confident young people. We have a child-centred approach and ensure children’s emotional health is paramount.

Our Nursery:

Cherry Tree is one of five nurseries run by Brighton and Hove City Council and provides a high-quality service for children aged from 3 months to 5 years, Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Cherry Tree Nursery Located in Hollingdean close to Lewes Road and Fiveways. Cherry Tree is a purpose-built nursery within Hollingdean Childrens centre and has a large garden space. Cherry Tree Nursery (

The nursery provides children with lots of space to play and learn, use their imaginations and be creative. We have an inspiring garden space where children can climb a climbing frame, enjoy sand water and mud play, ride bikes, and explore nature. We have a play-based approach to learning in a fun, happy and calm atmosphere.

Applicants must have experience of working with young children 3 month -5 years in an early year’s environment; experience of delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); experience of meeting the individual needs of young children and their families; demonstrate a passion and commitment for providing high quality care and learning opportunities.

We require applicants to be qualified to a minimum Level 3 in early years and childcare or equivalent.

Our nurseries provide a full induction and training programme, and encourage professional development through day training courses, apprenticeships and higher education. We provide ongoing support in the form of regular supervisions and appraisals

Why work for a council nursery

  • Work in a setting that is child and family centred, not for a profit.
  • Salary above market average starting at £23, 194 for a full-time post of 37 hours a week, equivalent to £12.02per hour
  • 3 in house training days per year, plus other opportunities to attend individual training courses.
  • Encouragement and support to further your education through continued professional development.
  • 24 days paid holiday every year plus bank holidays, rising to 27 days holiday after five years holiday
  • Loans available to support with bus travel or buying a bike and deposits on rental properties, these are paid back over the year straight from your salary.
  • Staff discount scheme can be used in local shops/cafes and national stores, includes free rides volks rail, discounted cinema tickets, and discounted gift cards.
  • Generous pension scheme

Please read our Apply for a job at the council ( pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.

As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.