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Early Years Lunchtime Assistant

Job description

You are looking for your next career step, a new challenge, and a job with a purpose.

Due to expansion, we are looking for Lunchtime Assistant to join our growing Early Education team at our OFSTED Outstanding nursery based in one of our Centres.

About us: We are committed to supporting our team members’ professional development and can offer the right candidate a fantastic opportunity in a unique childcare setting. We are a charity and run as a community business and we are proud to say that we reinvest our profits back into developing the community of the children we look after.

About you and the role: You are motivated, reliable and have a positive attitude and approach to work with children in an OFSTED Outstanding nursery. Your role involves supporting the smooth running of the nursery during lunch time and assisting with activities and experiences for children. Some previous related experience is desirable including food hygiene training, however we would be willing to offer training and support to the right candidate.


HOURS: 15 hours contract permanent

RATE OF PAY: £18,770.40 per annum (£9.00/hour) pro-rata for 15 hours per week. Plus benefits including subsidised childcare & training and development opportunities

CLOSING DATE: Monday the 6th of December

INTERVIEWS: Friday the 10th of December

START DATE: January 2021

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: 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.


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, diversity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.