Accountable to:    Nursery Manager

1.       Purpose of the job

To provide high quality care and early years education for all children at Kiddie Capers Nursery & Preschool

2.      Principal duties and responsibilities

Provide high quality care and activities for and children which recognise both individual and group requirements in a secure, safe and stimulating environment

Organise activities, both inside and outside the nursery, which encourages creativity, development, co-ordination, independence, self-expression, and learning through play

Participate in the keyperson system and be responsible for a group of children. Monitor, assess, record and report on their development and progress

Follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework for guidance in your practice with the children

Work in partnership with parents and carers, recognising that parents are their children’s first educators, and encourage parental involvement in the nursery

Be aware of child protection issues and follow the nursery’s Safeguarding Children policy and procedures

Ensure close monitoring of children about whom there are concerns.

Participate in professional development and training

Work in partnership with other early years professionals and outside agencies.

Prepare and serve food, milk, drink and snacks to children, encouraging good nutrition and sociable eating

Assist children with personal care, including changing nappies, assisting with potty training and other associated welfare duties.

Carry out on-going cleaning of the nursery

Carry out health and safety checks as required to ensure the unit is tidy, safe, clean and secure for children, staff, parents/carers and visitors

Set up the environment, influenced by your planning, to support the needs of your key children. Ensure your key children’s Learning Journeys are kept up to date with planning for their individual needs, the environment, observations, photographic and/or video evidence.

Be responsible for your unit, report when resources run low; including wipes, aprons, gloves, art equipment, snack items etc

Participate in free flow systems. This aids children’s development in self-assurance, independence, making choices and self-selecting. Ensure that no child is ever left unattended in the room. Support the children’s play as and when required

Never leave the unit and put your colleagues at risk of being out of ratio – unless in case of emergency

Be familiar with the policies and procedures of Kiddie Capers Childcare, adhering to them at all time

Display exemplary practice at all times

Uphold and carry out the duties of the post with due regard to the Nursery’s Equalities and Inclusion policies

Co-operate in the implementation of the health and safety policy and ensure that the nursery’s practice and environment meets health and safety standards

Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade and character of the work as may reasonably be required by the Nursery


The list of duties in the job description should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.