Early Years Practitioner / Nursery Nurse

London EC2Y
Salary: £9.15 to £13.00 /hour

Early Years Practitioner / Nursery Nurse / Room Leader / Childcare Worker

Hatching Dragons

£9.15 – £13.00 an hour

Part-time, Permanent

Role: Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Nurse, Childcare Worker, Early Years Educationalist, Pre-school Teacher, Nursery Teacher

Place of Work

– Units 3 &4, Westminster Quarter, 2 Monck Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2BQ

– Barbican, EC2Y 8AA, City of London

Pay: £9.15-13 / hr

Reporting To – Nursery Manager / Deputy Managers / Team Leaders / Senior Leadership Team / Head Office

Post(s) for which directly responsible: * Nursery Assistants, Other Nursery Staff*

Type: Full Time / Part Time

Holiday: 28 days p.a.

Start Date –ASAP

Required Qualifications: NQF Level 3 in Early Years Education, Childcare, Nursery Education


Disciplines of interest: CACHE, NNEB, City & Guilds, Montessori, Steiner, High Scope, EYFS

Grade: Level 3 and above – Room Leaders & Practitioner Positions Available

Purpose of Job:

  • To contribute to a high quality caring, teaching and learning environment for children. This includes creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop through individual attention and group activities.
  • To give support to other team members.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of, and personal commitment to, the Hatching Dragons Ltd Code of Practice and Staff Handbook.

Key Areas:

  • To maintain all relevant paperwork for children, including Key Person, IEP’s and Safeguarding etc, with support from SMT (Senior Management Team), and SENCO etc as needed and attend external meetings as necessary.
  • To liaise with the nursery SMT (Senior Management Team) and other Hatching Dragons Ltd staff members who can support you in your role.


  • To undertake all aspects of the Key Person role, including initial visit, registration, parents evening, day to day contact, transition planning etc
  • To be aware of the high profile of the setting and to uphold its standards at all times.
  • To develop own reflective practice, and keep up to date with recent research, legal requirements and good practice documents etc.
  • To engage with processes such as induction process, supervisions, forums, training and conferences etc and utilise the available support within Hatching Dragons Ltd.
  • To liaise with the SMT (Senior Management Team) and other staff members who can support you in your role.
  • To work under guidance and as directed.
  • To undertake such duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature, as maybe determined by Hatching Dragons Ltd.

Physical conditions:

You will be informed of the usual place of work by your line manager, however you are employed by The Hatching Dragons Ltd, and your designated place of work may change periodically, at the discretion of your line manager, the Senior Leadership Team or the Directors.


The promotion of positive relationships of trust and care are a priority. You will work as part of a team, and in order to promote good childcare and childcare experiences, maintain a close and effective working relationship with colleagues, parents, children and other agencies at all times.

Prospects & Promotion:

Whilst there is no automatic progression to more senior posts, a range of opportunities can exist for advancement and promotion. You are eligible to apply for all internal vacancies, subject to suitable qualifications/ skills/experience etc.

Alongside this, most vacancies are suitable for secondment opportunities, whereby you could have the opportunity to try a role for a set period of time, or perhaps cover a maternity post in a higher grade, whilst still having the option to return to your substantive post at the end of the secondment.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD):

Hatching Dragons Ltd is recognised as a Living Wage Employer in London and are currently working towards accreditation in Investors in People (IIP) scheme. We are committed to making sure all staff receive the right training and development to help deliver excellent services to the children & families we support. Our aim is to develop an empowered, motivated and effective workforce.

Reflective practice is an integral part of the early years, childcare and education sector. All employees are supported to develop skills, knowledge and understanding and to use a range of reflection techniques as ways to develop your own and others practice.

In house support:

We will support you through regular supervisions and annual appraisals. You are expected to prepare for these meetings in order that both you are your line manager can support your ongoing CPD. Additional meetings may be offered to staff requiring additional support and these will be agreed with individuals as necessary.

We have a robust and supportive CPD programme, which includes in house and external training, coaching and mentoring opportunities etc. We also work closely with local colleges and training providers, please speak to your line manager should you have any queries, about any of the CPD opportunities mentioned.


Hatching Dragons Ltd is committed to staff development and will apply staff for further development as and when necessary following consultation with each staff member as to their professional ambitions with the business.


Hatching Dragons Ltd supports all employees to access further qualifications and formal training opportunities wherever possible.

Additional Duties:

At times all Hatching Dragons Ltd employees find themselves with the opportunity to engage with additional duties. These may be formal, such as taking on the role of SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), or Trainee Co-ordinator, or more informal such as supporting a family through a particularly difficult time, or helping a child who is experiencing difficulties with their behaviour. These opportunities are a chance for our ‘rising stars’ to shine, try new experiences and showcase talents.

Social & Economic conditions:

Hatching Dragons Ltd believes in rewarding hard work, passion and team work etc, therefore we subscribe to a system of Performance Related Pay (PRP), which recognises individual and team performance. PRP is linked to sickness monitoring, performance, accountability, commitment and enthusiasm for example. This enables, encourages and supports employees, who wish to progress, to do so.

Special Leave

We recognise that at times you need to be able to have time off work in order to support family circumstances. Special leave may be granted at the discretion of your line manager, with agreement from SLT.

Discretionary Holiday Days

At Hatching Dragons Ltd, we like to recognise staff who are performing above and beyond their normal duties. Therefore, nursery managers have a number of additional discretionary holiday days which can be allocated as rewards for individual members of staff.


Hatching Dragons Ltd arrange for you to have a set number of our uniform items, per year, and other items are available for you to purchase at cost price.

Conditions of Service:

A high degree of accuracy, confidentiality and flexibility are essential, as is a willingness to undertake the role with a proactive, accountable and responsible attitude.

This job description/specification sets out the main duties of the post at the date when it was drawn up. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or the level of responsibilities. Such variations are a common occurrence and should be seen as developmental opportunities within the CPD framework as mentioned above.

We recognise the importance of having a workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. We believe it is important as it recognises and values diversity and can help us to deliver services that reflect the needs of everyone in our communities. We are committed to valuing diversity and treating everyone who works for or wishes to work for us, fairly.

Safeguarding: All positions are subject to adequate safer recruitment checks – Should you be offered the post, you will be required to provide the names of two people who know you in a professional capacity. Failure to provide two referees may result in the job offer being withdrawn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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