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Early Years Assistant- Playmates

BS3 Community Development is searching for caring and motivated Early Years Assistants to join our nursery team supporting our wrap-around care provision for 3-5 years olds. 

 Your new opportunity…  

We are searching for an individual to help support our preschool children in term time only care each afternoon. The position will work within The Southville Centre term time only preschool room. You will work alongside our Early Years Team in supporting and caring for children as they begin to reach school age. We are seeking to appoint a caring, enthusiastic and well organised Early Years Assistants to join our wonderful team.  

Experience would be an advantage but not essential as training will be given. 

 Our new colleague will be….  

We are passionate about your journey too and are committed to supporting our team members in continued professional development, as well as providing you with opportunities to further your interests through statutory and non-statutory training. We aim to innovate and are excited to include you in our work on exciting projects such as the Ambitious Two Year Old Project, the Bristol Standard and furthering our aims to promote intergenerational work with our nursery children and our older friends.   

HOURS: 8 hours/week working M-F afternoons. 

RATE OF PAY: £20,042.62 per annum, pro-rata (£9.61 per hour) (Pro-rata to £4,008.52 per annum) 

CLOSING DATE: Please return all applications by the 10th of August 2022 

TO START: 12th of September 2022 

Please contact for an application.  


Responsible to: Lead Practitioner

Setting: BS3 Community’s Early Education & Childcare services run at our two community centres.  The Southville Centre has an 84 place day nursery, a 50 place after school club, a holiday playscheme, a breakfast club and a toddler group.  We run a 54 place day nursery at The Chessel Centre.

Purpose/ Objective: To assist in promoting the provision of the highest standard of care and education in a stimulating, secure and friendly environment. Early Years Assistants should assist with the daily running of the setting and support Early Years Practitioners in providing positive experiences.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities


  • Support the highest possible standard of care and emotional support.
  • Assist with tasks which contribute to meeting children’s basic physical and security needs and take opportunities to build positive relationships with children.
  • Ensure all children are valued and included.
  • Promote an anti-discriminatory framework in all areas & assist with ensuring all children’s individual needs are met.
  • Support the implementation of planned activities and contribute relevant information about children’s achievements. 
  • Work alongside Early Years Practitioners to implement activities and lead pre-planned small group times in their absence.
  • Record information about children’s achievements and report this to their ‘Key Worker’.
  • Engage in play experiences and interactions with children.
  • Value children’s choices, interests and self-directed play and take any opportunities to interact/engage in these with them.   


  • Contribute to positive partnerships with parents and carers.
  • Interact with parents, providing information and feedback about their child’s day/session.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of the setting and commit to furthering personal professional development.
  • Contribute ideas, and value the ideas of others, for developing the setting as a whole. 
  • Contribute to personal review, appraisal and reflection opportunities and demonstrate a positive attitude to training opportunities. 
  • Contribute to a positive, enthusiastic and progressive team.
  • Work alongside colleagues in a productive and positive way, making suggestions for improvement and attending staff meetings outside of nursery hours.
  • Understand how both Early Education & Childcare and BS3 Community policies relate to this role.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism, working within the organisations agreed policies and procedures.
  • Assist with the smooth running of the setting, completing all relevant tasks including those at the request of Practitioners and Senior Staff.
  • Conduct tasks which ensure the daily routine can be implemented, taking account of children’s individual needs.
  • Support the provision of an environment which is clean, safe and attractive and take appropriate steps to remedy or report issues in relation to this.  

This job description does not represent an exhaustive list of duties which relate to this role. Practitioners are expected to understand and carry out any duties which are in keeping with the aims of this post.

Please be aware that you may be required to work out of any of BS3 Community’s current or future premises. 

SAFEGUARDING NOTE: As this role is working in a “regulated activity” according to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the successful applicant will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS). 

We are committed to equality and diversity and are actively seeking people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  

We know that to successfully fulfil our vision (aim) we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve.  

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