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Early Years Practitioner


Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £19,760.00-£22,960.00 per year

Monday to Friday

Our Benefits

  • Career progression opportunities
  • Employer pension
  • 25 days holiday FTE, accruing an additional day for each year of service up to 30 days
  • Additional leave
  • 50% discount on nursery fees
  • Day camps discounts: 1 week free and 1 week at 50% per child per annum
  • Campsite and activities discounts at YMCA Fairthorne Manor
  • 30% discount on food
  • Wellbeing assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Do you love working with children and want to work in a nursery with a difference? YMCA can offer you just that!

Job Purpose

The Early Years Practitioner will deliver the highest quality of care and education in line with YMCA’s Early Years Pedagogy and Curriculum, the “YMCA Way” and Ofsted regulations. They will inspire children’s development by providing exciting, child-led, play-based activities utilising the outdoors wherever possible. Every YMCA nursery has a quality plan and the postholder will be expected to assist in identifying areas of development to help the nursery achieve and sustain an Ofsted Outstanding grade.

Person Specification & Key Competencies

  • Level 3 childcare qualification or relevant experience and willingness to train
  • An understanding of the developmental needs of children
  • Basic knowledge of health and safety
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding good practice
  • Paediatric First Aid qualification or willingness to train

Personal Attributes

  • A genuine enthusiasm for helping children under 5 achieve their potential
  • Ability to make activities fun
  • Ability to communicate with children and parents
  • Can remain child-focussed in a busy environment
  • Enjoys being part of a team
  • Friendly and approachable manner

Please apply now for this rewarding position and be part of an amazing charity who continue to support and achieve wonderful things within the community.   

Claire Anscombe

Talent Manager


01489 785228