SENIOR PRACTITIONER JOB DESCRIPTION
Accountable to: Nursery Manager
1. Purpose of the job
To provide high quality care and early years learning experiences for babies and children at Kiddie Capers Nursery & Preschool
To provide leadership to other nursery staff
Deputise for the Nursery Manager or Deputy Manager in her/his absence
2. Principal duties and responsibilities
Ensuring that high standards of care and education are provided to the children. This includes ensuring that the following policies and procedures are upheld:
Staff effectively deployed throughout the nursery
Fire equipment checks including smoke alarm testing
Daily fire escape route checks
Ensure food hygiene standards are being maintained
Ensure security of the children and premises are upheld
Liasing with parents/carers as appropriate
Accurately maintain the nursery’s database, registers and documentation concerning health and safety and child protection
Uphold the nursery’s confidentiality policy
Ensure that the nursery’s planning for the individual needs of each child is maintained to a high standard
Any other task that could be reasonably expected of a senior practitioner
Deputise for the Nursery Manager and /or Deputy Manager in his/her absence
Understand and fully implement the nursery’s policies and procedures
Support the implementation and delivery of the EYFS
Participate in professional development and training
Mentor staff to ensure the policies and values of nursery management are understood and implemented
Share good childcare practice with colleagues, display exemplary behaviour and act as a role model to junior staff
Provide high quality care and activities for children which recognise both individual and group requirements in a secure, safe and stimulating environment
Support activities, both inside and outside the nursery, which encourages creativity, development, co-ordination, independence, self-expression, and learning through play.
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the EYFS framework (including the Safeguarding & Welfare Requirements), for guidance in your practice.
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 Safeguarding issues and follow the nursery’s Safeguarding procedures
Ensure close monitoring of children about whom there are concerns.
Work in partnership with other early years professionals and outside agencies.
Prepare and serve food and drinks for 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, toys and equipment
Fully comply with the nursery’s outings policy to ensure the safety of children outside nursery premises. Be responsible for the management of trips and outings as appropriate e.g. by deploying staff appropriately, maintaining documentation, briefing staff and parents/carers in advance, taking appropriate action to minimise any risks
Uphold and carry out the duties of the post with due regard to the Nursery’s Equality and Diversity policy
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
Be a nursery key holder and available out of hours to respond to emergencies
The list of duties in the job description should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.