Early Years Practitioner (Float)

Posted on 3 April 2024 Apply
  • Directorate BHCC: Families Children & Learning
  • Salary £25,119- £25,545 pro rata
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date Apply by 1 May 2024


Acorn Nursery

Job Summary

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  • Positions available
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  • Closing date
    1 May 2024
  • Job category
    Education & Learning
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

We are recruiting an enthusiastic  Early Years Practitioner as a Float Role working 30 hours per week 

For an informal discussion, please contact Becky Mounter; Nursery Manager, 01273 293980 or email acornnursery@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

About the role

We desire the applicant to have an understanding of safeguarding procedures and should be willing promote Positive Parenting. Acorn nursery is passionate about inclusion and we work closely with outside agencies to ensure we fully support children and their families.

At Acorn Nursery, as part of Brighton and Hove City Council, we provide a full induction and training programme.

This role will be working in the nursery where needed across the setting from our Baby to Pre-School rooms. This role includes building relationships with the children; being an inspiration to the children; supporting attachment building; ensuring the children feel safe; planning activities; maintaining records; using the Ipad to record development, carrying out observations. We desire the applicant to have an understanding of safeguarding.

 We are looking for someone who can demonstrate excellent practice, have good EYFS knowledge and be confident with safeguarding procedures. Experience with SEND children is desirable but not essential.

We promote a holistic approach to our practice and encourage practitioners to provide experiences that are creative and encourage children’s inquisitive nature to explore and learn, creating a meaningful and rich learning environment which is stimulating and well resourced encourage children’s curiosity and fascination of the world around them.

We are passionate about inclusion and provide experiences and opportunities to all children in our setting. We practice a non-discriminatory approach and require our staff to demonstrate inclusion in all areas of their work, celebrating diversity.

The role involves being a key person for a group of children and building positive relationships; being a positive role model and ensuring the children feel safe and nurtured.

Acorn Nursery:

Acorn Nursery is one of Brighton and Hove City Council Children’s Centre Nurseries. We operate five nurseries across the City and provide a high quality service for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. We are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Acorn Nursery is located in Portslade (Mile Oak) . We have been purpose built to meet the needs of young children and their families. The nursery is an open plan design, it has three playrooms and the children are split into groups supporting their age and developmental stage.

The nursery provides children with lots of space to play and learn, use their imaginations and be creative. We have a large garden space where children can climb a climbing frame, enjoy our new sandpit, plant vegetables, enjoy our mud kitchen, ride bikes and explore nature. We have a play based approach to learning in a fun, happy and calm atmosphere.

We are proud of our staff who are qualified or working towards a qualification, who share our passion for delivering a high standard of care to the children and provide exciting opportunities for the children to grow, learn and develop into confident young people. We have a long standing team of staff who feel passionate about supporting children’s appetite to gain new experiences and grow. We have a holistic approach and ensure children’s emotional health is paramount.

Applicants must have experience of working with young children 3 month -5 years in an early year’s environment; experience of delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); experience of meeting the individual needs of young babies and their families; demonstrate a passion and commitment for providing high quality care and learning opportunities.

We require applicants to be qualified to a minimum Level 3 in early years and childcare and have excellent communication and IT skills.

At Acorn Nursery, as part of Brighton and Hove City Council, we provide a full induction and training programme.

 We provide ongoing support in the form of regular supervisions and appraisals. Plus the many benefits that Brighton and Hove city council employees receive such as discounts from local businesses, and ongoing training and professional development. There may also be opportunities for further ad-hoc hours if interested.

Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.


Encouraging a diverse workforce

Acorn Nursery is proud to be a Sanctuary  on Sea Nursery. 

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds.

There is more information about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and your role in this in the pack available from Starfish.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.

As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.


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