Shropshire Council

Early Years key person, Kidszone, Oswestry


Job title

Early Years key person

Name and description

Kidszone, Oswestry
Kidszone nursery is a private setting situated in a purpose-built building in Eastern Oswestry, and is open during the hours of 7.30am-6pm, Mon-Fri, all year round, excluding Bank Holidays. The nursery accommodates Seventy children aged from three months to twelve years.

Main duties

  • Have a sound knowledge of the EYFS and Every Child Matters agenda.
  • To work with other members of staff in implementing the EYFS guidelines to ensure a consistent approach.
  • To ensure that children are kept safe and that you understand the necessary safeguarding procedures.
  • Ensure you are aware of the named safeguarding lead within the nursery.
  • Immediately raise any concerns regarding safeguarding with the lead and no other staff members.
  • Be responsible for a group of key children.
  • Observe the children during active play sessions in relation to the EYFS
  • Plan activities to enhance the play experiences and learning for individual key children.
  • Plan and carry out activities for small groups of children to support their development.
  • Monitor children’s development across all areas of learning.
  • Using a range of observations, photographs, examples of children’s work and information from parents, compile a ‘Learning Journey’ file for each key child.
  • To complete an ongoing progress check for each of your key children to ensure the individual needs are being met fully. This will be done in conjunction with the statutory framework guidelines and by using the 2 year check format.
  • Maintain a two-way flow of information between themselves and parents/carers, ensuring that they are kept informed of any issues regarding their child; and encourage parents/carers to play a part in their child’s learning and development.
  • Have sound knowledge of the Letters and Sounds framework.
  • Assist with preparation of resources and the environment daily.
  • Be responsible for maintaining an specified area
  • Create visually stimulating and interactive displays
  • Supervise children during meal times and in an area as specified on deployment of staff
  • Support the development of good practice with regard to special needs and inclusion.
  • Ensure the named SENCO within the nursery is aware of any concerns you may have, and work together to ensure the child’s needs are met.
  • Ensure that equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are met and safety procedures are implemented.
  • Complete visual daily checks and note any problems on the checklist, raise concerns with nursery owners or manager.
  • Promote health & safety for all children to include hand washing following outside play, messy play, and toileting and before mealtimes.
  • Adhere to Health and Safety policies, to manage risk and ensure that any remedial action is taken immediately.
  • Ensure all areas of cleaning are completed and the equipment is stored appropriately each day.
  • Assist with a half term deep clean
  • To help prepare snacks and clean kitchen after snack/lunch time including washing and drying up of dishes.
  • Attend and contribute to fortnightly staff meetings.
  • To undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by management.
  • To work as an effective team member within all areas of the nursery.
  • To be flexible to cover hours when other members of the team are sick, on holiday or a family requires an early start/late finish. team player

Essential requirements

  • Level 3 qualification in early years and childcare, or equivalent
  • Proven experience of working with young children
  • A sound understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage, child development, and the needs of children from birth to five
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of child protection procedures
  • A commitment to equal opportunities, and an understanding of equality and diversity issues
  • Ability to plan, organise and work on own initiative
  • Willingness to update skills and undertake further training
  • Eligibility to live and work in the UK. NB This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions or orders made against them. An enhanced DBS is required for this role 

Desirable requirements

  • An understanding of the play-based approach to children's learning and development
  • A friendly and flexible approach which develops effective relationships
  • Work well as part of a team


TBA depending on experience

Hours to be worked

42.5 per week

Closing date for applications

14 July 2019

Contact details

Contact Kerry Davies
Tel: 01691 659766 or