Early Years Practitioner

We are currently recruiting for a part time or full time Early Years Practitioner, to be based in our baby room.

Job Purpose:

To be initially based within the baby room to provide care and inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending the setting and to maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment. You'll work with your team to create an enabling environment where babies and young children are nurtured and their development can flourish. As part of the key person system you will observe, assess and plan for key children, meeting their next steps and following their interests, bringing awe and wonder to their play. We use eyLog, an online learning journey, for documenting children's progress.

About Great Wood Farm:

Great Wood has been awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in both 2010 and 2014. We care for and educate children aged from 6 weeks to 14 (holiday club), following the core Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, incorporating learning in an outdoor environment where free play, fresh air, exposure to the natural world and physical activity are an integral part of learning. Our outdoors ethos is a main feature within the nursery, where staff are encouraged to get out and about with the children, whether it be for a morning in the woods, in the garden or visiting the animals.  We have been doing Forest School for ten years now and have four different base camps, Forest School is embedded across the EYC, the children love it and benefit so much from it.  We are also based on a working farm, and benefit from seeing the farming calendar first hand, from recently seeing the combine harvester in action to seeing lambs being born in the Spring.

In September 2017 we moved across into our purpose built building, which has spacious and fantastic facilities inside and outside, and even has underfloor heating!

What are we looking for:

Our ideal candidate will have great passion for nature play and love of working with babies. Our ideal candidate has a high level of energy and is active as well as approachable and caring. At Great Wood Farm we are looking for a team player with excellent communication skills enabling great relationships with children and partnerships with parents.

Safeguarding is extremely important to us, we will pay for you to have an enhanced DBS check and we'll fully supervise all employees until a clear DBS check is received.