Job Description and Person Specification

Nursery Practitioner

Person Specification

  • An enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated individual will be required to take advantage of this challenging and exciting opportunity. The successful candidate will have to demonstrate a genuine passion for providing the highest standards in quality childcare. Strong communication skills and team-working abilities are essential.


Qualifications and Training

  •  (NVQ3/NNEB minimum: as long as candidate is in process of studying for EY degree/EYP)

  • Current First Aid qualification

  • Equal Opportunities

  • Child Protection

  • EYFS



  • Experience of working with children

  • Experience of working within a team



  • To provide the highest standards of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children placed in Red Balloon.

  • To give support to other personnel within Red Balloon.

  • To implement the daily routine in the base room.

Reports To

  • Reports directly to their Head of room.

  • Reports to their manager and deputy manager and when needed the Group Manager. 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To provide the highest standards of quality care and education.

  • To ensure that safety and security measures are constantly maintained.

  • To be aware of and act in accordance with current legislation, policy and procedures.

  • Operate a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in your area in conjunction with other staff.

  • To keep a proper record of achievement file on your key children, for parents.

  • Work with parents of special needs children to give full integration in the Nursery.

  • Support all staff and engage in a good staff team.

  • To work in close partnership and to develop and maintain good relationships with parents / carers and other family members.

  • To be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, events etc

  • To be flexible within working practices of nursery.  Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the Nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment etc.

  • Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the vision, philosophy and objectives behind Red Balloon are fulfilled.

  • To develop your role within the team especially with regard to your responsibilities as a key worker.

  • Specific Child Care Tasks:

  • The preparation and completion of activities to suit the child's stage of  development.

  • To ensure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing.

  • Washing and changing children as required.

  • Providing comfort and warmth to a poorly child.

  • To ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development.

  • To ensure good standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times and be responsible for the health and safety standards appropriate for the needs of young children.