Job Title: Early Years Practitioner
Location: 1 Parliament St, Westminster, SW1A 2NE (Westminster Borough)
Salary: £19,227.00 including London weighting allowance
LEYF Nurseries is the perfect opportunity to take the next step in your career – Find out how you can join the UK’s leading childcare social enterprise below!
Founded in 1903 the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is the UK’s largest non-for-profit childcare social enterprise. We have been educating, caring for children and supporting families across London for over 100 years from giving free places to nearly half of our families. Why? Because we are driven by the social mission to change the world one child at a time!
About the setting:
Our House of Common Nursery was open in 2010 by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF). This nursery has been rated as ‘Outstanding by Ofsted (2016). House of Commons is a 40-place nursery for children aged 0-5 years old, comprising of 3 rooms with 2 large outdoor spaces for the children and is open 51 weeks of the year. Our House of Common nursery is unique, catering exclusively for parents or carers with a permanent parliamentary pass who are either a Member of Parliament or their staff, House of Commons or PICT employee, House of Lords Peer or their staff, Press Gallery Media or Whitehall Parliamentary pass holder, or Contractor situated on the Parliamentary estate.
About the role:
Our House of Common Nursery is looking for inspiring early year practitioner who is passionate about nurturing a child’s growth and development by using the world around them to bring to life exceptional learning experiences for the children.
LEYF staff are paid some of the highest wages in the sector. Our LEYF team will support you to work per our unique LEYF Pedagogy whilst developing your skills and knowledge throughout your career with us. You will have access to our excellent training and development programme where you will undertake at least four professional development days minimum per year. 23 days’ annual leave plus an additional 3 days over Christmas. 50% discount on childcare costs at one of our 38 London Nurseries. 7% employer contribution pension. We also offer additional discounts with GLL gym memberships.
The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and an enhanced DBS will be required
You need a full and relevant level 3 childcare qualification; this may include NNEB or equivalent. Experience of working within all 3 rooms (Babies/Toddlers/Preschool) is desirable. Sound understanding of both safeguarding and child protection and how this is monitored in a nursery setting is required.
Age Range: 3months - 5yrs
OFSTED Rating: Good
I've been working for LEYF for over 35 years and have been the manager at House of Commons nursery since 2010. We're the first nursery in history to open in Parliament! As such, we're in a unique environment and serve a very specific group of families, which makes our nursery rather special. I'd describe myself as patient, calm and empathetic and my proudest moment was winning both Nursery Manager of the Year and the NMT Inspirational Award in 2017. I believe that every child should grow up in a safe, loving and secure environment with opportunities to access high-quality Early Years provision.
We know it’s our people who make LEYF great. That’s why we value each staff member and offer:
● Pay and conditions above the national average in the nursery sector
● A nurturing, fun and value-led working environment
● An award-winning staff training and development programme
● The opportunity to make a real difference to children’s lives