Job description


Early Years Practitioner Unqualified (12170)

  • Salary:
    £23,860.64 per annum
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    18 June 2024
  • Number of Roles:
Spring by Action for Children

Role: Ref 12170 - Early Years Practitioner Unqualified

Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Salary: £23,860.64 per annum

Contract/Hours: Permanent Full Time – 40 hours per week

Closing date: Midnight on 18th June 2024 

Benefits: Annual leave of 25 days plus public holidays, 60% discount on childcare within our nurseries and clubs, gain professional qualifications with excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity/adoption/paternity packages, a pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate (plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover), staff discount portal with your favourite brands, Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers. For more information check out our career's portal. 

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Spring. Spare us five minutes, and we'll tell you what you need to know…

About Spring

Spring offers award-winning childcare services, as part of the national charity Action for Children. It's our mission to be the best provider of outstanding quality early education to children throughout the UK, that is accessible to all. We are focused on enabling young people to learn, have fun and make friends in our bright, engaging settings. That starts with creating a happy environment for our team.

Join us and you can look forward to:

  • A kind, caring culture with an emphasis on wellbeing, both physical and mental.
  • Flexible working – wherever possible we offer flexibility on hours and/or hybrid working.
  • Lots of opportunities for training, learning, development, including gaining qualifications.
  • Excellent benefits that compare favourably to other employers in our sector.


A bit about the role

Spring RAF Wyton is located in the housing estate next to RAF Wyton base near Huntingdon and is a 78-place setting. There is a baby room, toddler room and a preschool room.  Food is cooked fresh daily onsite the nursery follows the Eat Better Start Better programme to ensure nutritional value. We believe that all children build confidence through play and interaction with others which is encouraged. 


We're looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Unqualified Early Years Practitioner to join our team here at Spring RAF Wyton to provide a safe, caring, fun and stimulating environment to the children who come through our doors. When you join us, you'll be part of a passionate and creative team committed to giving the highest standards of care and education and helping children to find their feet – making friends, having fun and sparking their imaginations through play.

We believe in our people and as member of our family you'll be supported to be the best practitioner you can be. You'll follow our internal development programme, and we'll provide full training. We'll help you to build your career with us by funding you to get qualified while you are working – helping you to quickly grow, fulfil your potential and develop your career with us.

What you'll be doing:

  • Supervising the children and keep our active, flexible nursery environment safe and suited to their needs.
  • Giving children a wide range of stimulating, safe and well-planned activities.
  • Creating engaging, fun, and informative learning opportunities, helping the children make excellent progress and meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Building solid relationships with parents / carers, families and professionals involved with the children.
  • Meeting each of the children's individual needs, keeping accurate records and regularly communicating with parents / carers.
  • Having a positive attitude, making every day count for the children in our care.

What we need from you:

  • A passion to learn and develop whether you are new to the sector or an experienced practitioner.
  • Experience working with children in an early years or childcare environment.
  • Understanding of children's emotional, physical, psychological, and educational developmental needs from 0 to 5 years.
  • A positive attitude with an unwavering commitment to service excellence to allow us to maintain our high standards.
  • A willingness to complete further childcare training & qualifications.

Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life.

Good luck! We can't wait to hear from you.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

At Spring Oscars we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within the organisation. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups.

Male staff are often under-represented within this sector and we would like to encourage more male applicants for our roles.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.


Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.


Application Process

There are 5 sections for you to complete - Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration – please refer to the JD and Person Specification when applying.

We also want to know what unique qualities you can bring to help us reach our vision for children and families. 

Talent Pool: We're sure you've got what it takes to join our ambitious team. If you're unsuccessful this time around, we'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up that you might be better suited for. But feel free to let us know if you'd rather we didn't do that.


If you need support with your application, please contact our Recruitment Partner Lynn Kelly at 

 We'll be happy to give you any support you require.


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