Job description


Early Years Practitioner (Unqualified) (7807)

  • Salary:
    Up to £9.50 per hour
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Part Time
  • Closing Date:
    21 August 2022
  • Number of Roles:
Spring by Action for Children

Role: Early Years Practitioner

Salary: Up to £9.50 per hour (Dependant on age, under 21 years - £6.83, 21-22 years - £9.18 and 23+ £9.50)

Perks: We have some of the best employment terms and benefits package in the sector, including generous leave entitlement, paid time off to deal with family emergencies and paid maternity leave – as well as lots of benefits to save you and your family money and to save for your future. Check out more on our careers portal.

Contract/Hours: Permanent, part-time (working 10 hours a week) – Monday to Friday ideally 11.30am to 1.30pm

Location: Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees

Closing date: Midnight on 21st August 2022 - we may stop taking applications earlier than advertised, due to the volume of applications we receive. So, don't delay submitting your application for consideration!


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

We are proud to be part of the Action for Children family, a national children's charity and our success in Spring makes a difference. With over 150 years of experience in caring for children and young people, we are an award-winning quality and ethical provider. Any profit we make is aligned to support vulnerable children and young people in need across the UK, through the work of Action for Children. We believe all children deserve the best early start in life. 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 looking to learn, have fun and make friends in our bright and engaging settings.


Spring Layfield is a purpose-built modern nursery based at Layfield Primary School. The nursery operates from 2 rooms providing care for children aged from 3 months – 11 years. The meals provided at the setting are freshly prepared for the children onsite and ensure a varied diet ensuring that children's individual dietary requirements are met.


What you'll be doing

In this role of Early Years Practitioner you'll be supervising the children at lunchtime.
You'll do this by:

  • Supervising the children during their lunchtime, helping them to eat and be independent.
  • Getting involved in playing with the children.
  • Build solid relationships with parents / carers, families and professionals involved with the children.
  • Meet each of the children's individual needs, keeping accurate records and regularly communicating with parents / carers
  • Have a positive attitude, making every day count for the children in our care. 



What we need from you

Our successful candidate will have an enthusiastic and pro-active mindset with a positive attitude and the ability to form strong and supportive relationships with parents, children and the team. Our Job Description outlines the requirements of the role, but the ‘must haves' are: In the role of Early Years Practitioner we're ideally looking for someone who has:

  • A Childcare qualification would be beneficial but is not a necessity.
  • A passion to learn and develop whether you are new to the sector or an experienced practitioner.
  • A Food Hygiene and / or Paediatric First Aid qualification is desirable.
  • 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. Given this and how having a diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion and welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace.


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.


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


Interview date: Wednesday, 31st August 2022 – this date can change in special circumstances, but we do our best to stick to this.

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 Emma Goodwin on 01923 361725 who'll be happy to give you any support you require.


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Layfield Primary School, Everingham Road, Yarm, Cleveland, England, TS15 9TF
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Action for Children are committed to interviewing applicants with a disability or health condition who meet the minimum criteria for the job.

The aim of this commitment is to encourage positive action, encouraging people with a disability to apply for jobs and provide an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities at the interview stage.

If you have a disability or health condition and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, so you have the best opportunity to demonstrate that you can do the job or wish to discuss how we will put in place any adjustments if you were to be successful, please email and a member of our team will be happy to help you.