Job Description: Trainee Nursery Teacher (L2)


Key Information

Post Title

Trainee Teacher (Level 2)

Direct Report

Room Leader

Indirect Reports

Qualified Teacher (L3) / Deputy Room Leader

Works with

Other nursery assistants


Bank staff


  1. 80% approval rating from Room Leader in Performance evaluation and Manager  Monthly / (Room Leader) Quarterly (manager) reviews (20% weighting)
  2. 80% approval rating from team - Quarterly Feedback Surveys (20% weighting)
  3. 80% pass rate on policy knowledge tests Weekly tests (20% weighting)
  4. 80% completion of training and development programmes assigned by R/L and Management Quarterly Reviews (20% weighting)
  5. 90% completion of observations & reports (learning & development) on key children to standards and all compliance paperwork  Monthly Reviews (20% weighting)
  6. 95% punctual attendance throughout year


Full time permanent contract


Qualified Practitioner

Required Qualifications

Essential: Relevant childcare qualification to level 2 or ongoing training in childcare; Up to date DBS; Food Hygiene; A positive approach to gaining further qualifications and trainings.


  • Room Maintenance - ensuring the room is safe, clean and hygenic for the children at all times, with resources returned at the end of each activity and all areas wiped and cleaned down
  • Health & Safety - maintaining adequate cleanliness standards throughout the room on an on-going basis
  • Child Protection - to support qualified staff in safeguarding children
  • Key Worker Support - supporting qualified practitioners in their key worker duties with children in the room


  • Good communication skills, with children, colleagues, advisors and parents/carers
  • Understanding the EYFS
  • Good verbal skills for providing feedback to parents/carers and colleagues
  • A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities
  • Able manage own workload and support the team
  • Desired – Mandarin


  • Experience of caring for children aged aged 6 months to 5.
  • Experience of working in a small group.
  • Helpful and flexible in approach to work.
  • Sound knowledge of nursery rhymes or child stories would be advantageous.
  • Able to keep children entertained.

Person Specification

  • Punctuality
  • Patience
  • Reliability and trustworthiness
  • A positive approach to inclusive practice with children, parents and colleagues
  • Enthusiasm for working with young children
  • Flexibility – occasionally working hours might be changed, e.g. if the the setting host marketing events


Hatching Dragons is committed to employing the most rigorous vetting procedures to ensure that its staff are the most qualified to care for its children. For full guidance, see our application form online (

Safer Recruitment 

Candidates will be expected to follow the following safer recruitment steps prior to appointment:

Registering Interest - submitting a response and cover letter to this advertTelephone screen - to provide principal assessment to your suitabilityApplication Form - completion of full application form with safer recruitment documentation online:Nannying application form: Nursery Application form: Referencing - referencing will be submitted for candidates who are processed through to interview & trial so that job offers can be expeditedInvitation to Formal Interview & Trial - Post review of submitted certificates and safer recruitment information you’ll be invited to a formal interview and trial at one of our schoolsDBS Application & Conditional Job offer - post interview provisional offers, conditional on clear DBS, will be madeContracting - issuance of final contracts for signingOnboarding Pack -induction and onboarding pack issued by HR Management System, Bamboo

Organisational Culture: Personality / Attitude and Approach

It is critical that we get the right mix of people with the right skills and expertise to deliver the quality we need but it all hinges on the team, culture and attitude we take to work and to each other to make it happen. As such, every staff member is invited to evaluate their Manager, Management Team, Themselves and at least two of their peers against the following principles, which we, as a company, believe reflect the values of the company - values that we are trying to teach our children so should be able to demonstrate ourselves

Respect & Courtesy - for the Company, colleagues and yourself in how you communicate / behave

Compassion & Understanding - of your needs and those of others in how you communicate / behave

Team Work, Support & Collaboration - helping others do what needs to get done

Proactive Positivity - being solutions oriented, not problems focussed 

Praise & Encouragement - congratulating peers on work and providing positive constructive feedback on where they can improve

Pragmatic Professionalism - Maintaining confidentiality, ensuring policy and applying restraint in how your communicate

Purpose to Role

  1. Provide support to the qualified staff team by providing the majority of the floor practice and work to ensure that they can focus on observations, planning and practice
  2. In doing so, to ensure that safeguarding and policy is met at all times
  3. To support and train nursery assistants in the delivery of our programme

Areas of Responsibility (for Evaluation)

The Nursery Manager has oversight of and therefore responsibility for the setting and will be supported by the nursery team to deliver.  Nursery sales, HR admin and business administration sits outside of this role but should work in collaboration with Nursery team (see organisation chart).

Compliance 0.2%

    • Risk Assessments: To understand the importance of risk assessments which are followed HD policies and procedures. 
    • Safeguarding: To understand HD safeguarding policies & procedures, ensure you have the updated knowledge and apply on floor practice.
Regulatory / Legislative Adherence: Aware of regulatory and legislative changes to the early years environment.Inspections: Support the team with best practice and cooperate positively with Ofsted and Internal inspections.

Marketing 0.2%

  • Events: Support activities by following nursery event schedule, show-case the setting by presenting the best practice on floor.
  • Data Collection: Ensure high quality and meaningful pictures/videos are taken and report to the line manager.

Education & Floor Practice 


    • Our Approach: Understand Hatching Dragons bilingual approach, and you follow the relevant instruction, policy and procedure.
    • Monthly Planning: Attend monthly room meeting to understand monthly planning. Support on renewing and setting up Outstanding enabling learning environment on monthly base.
    • Weekly Planning: Attend weekly room meeting to understand planned activities which should follow children’s next steps, interests, needs, routine and cover all development areas. 
Key Children: To be a key person for the balance of children in the room if required Children's Observations and Assessments: Understand Hatching Dragons observations, assessments and planning cycle, support on daily observation and report to your line manager. You will be supported on improving observations and assessments where necessary. EYFS in Practice: To support activities in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Understand the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five. Be aware of the up to date educational criteria organisation. E.g. children's learning journeys, next steps, interests, home learning, needs, pictures, cohoc track and key person boards. 
  •  Floor practice and support: Supervising children during play time; Engaging children in learning and play activities; Intimate caring and updating records, e.g. nappy changing, sleep chart, and meal quantity; Communicating with parents / carers and staff regarding any issues and developments; Cleaning and organising the resources before and after activities on daily basis.

Teamwork & Self progress



  • Work as a team to maintain a high-quality, stimulating learning environment.
  • To assist nursery team in providing a friendly, caring and relaxing environment in order to encourage and develop children in our care.
  •  Support staff level by covering other room when needed.
  •  To attend 1:1 supervision, Staff Development and Performance Reviews.
  •  To attend staff meetings.
  • To carry out any ad hoc projects or duties as requested by your Line Manager.
  • You will be supervised by your line manager on supporting floor practice.
  • To take reasonable care of yourself and others and to comply with Hatching Dragons’ Health and Safety rules.


  • To ensure you have a clear roadmap for development and career progression within the business. 
  • To attend training as necessary.
  • To ensure your specific duties regarding Health and Safety and safeguarding procedures are understood and actioned.

Parents Relationship 3%

Parents Relationships: To communicate with parents and other visitors in a calm, friendly and efficient manner.
    •  Information Sharing:  Professionally handle information sharing with parents, we do not share hypothesis, unnecessary, unrealistic, false, confidential, or personal information. E.g. practitioners should not give private contact details to parents or share other children’s information.
Complaints / Compliments: Cooperate with management in Investigations on parent concerns/complaints and ensure suitable outcomes to protect the children and business.  Report any complaints/ compliments to the line manager.Parents feedback – Any valuable feedbacks from parents need to report to the line manager.

External Comms - 0.1%

Regulators & Authorities - Being supportive and positive in Ofsted / Local Authority visits. Be prepared for the visits. .

Other -0.2%

  • Facilities Protection - Responsible for protecting company properties.
  • Company Business Relationship- To always protect Hatching Dragons company image.