Avanti court primary school

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Responsible to: Teacher responsible for the Nursery Class/EYFS Lead

Responsible for: High quality Nursery Teaching Support

  • Works under the supervision and direction of the Nursery Teacher in charge of the nursery and the EYFS Lead

  • Is a member of a team responsible for the education and care of children in the nursery class and will be involved in planning, preparation and evaluation of the nursery programme in accordance with the aims and objectives of the school.

  • Is (a key worker) responsible for a group of children in each nursery session



To work under the guidance of teaching/senior staff and within an agreed system of supervision, to implement agreed work programmes with individuals/groups, in or out of the classroom. This could include those requiring detailed and specialist knowledge in particular areas and will involve assisting the teacher in the whole planning cycle and the management/ preparation of resources. Staff may also supervise whole classes occasionally during the short-term absence of teachers. The primary focus will be to maintain good order and to keep pupils on task and to ensure high quality learning at all times in a safe well structured environment.


  • Use specialist (curricular/learning) skills/training/experience to support pupils

  • Assist with the development and implementation of IEPs

  • Establish productive working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations

  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils within the classroom

  • Support pupils consistently whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs

  • Encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all pupils in activities

  • Promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance

  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement


  • Work with the teacher to establish an appropriate, high quality, stimulating learning environment both inside and outside of the classroom

  • Work with the teacher in lesson planning, evaluating and adjusting lessons/work plans as

  • appropriate

  • Monitor and evaluate pupils’ responses to learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement against pre-determined learning objectives

  • Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required, to the teacher on pupil achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence

  • Be responsible for keeping and updating records as agreed with the teacher, contributing to reviews of systems/records as requested

  • Undertake marking and assessing of pupils’ work and accurately record achievement/progress

  • To update pupil portfolios to demonstrate effective learning and assessment

  • Promote positive values, attitudes and good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour

  • Liaise sensitively and effectively with parents/carers as agreed with the teacher within your role/responsibility and participate in feedback sessions/meetings with parents with, or as directed

  • Provide general clerical/admin support e.g. administer coursework, produce worksheets for agreed activities etc.

  • To support the classteacher with displays, assemblies, parent’s evening


  • Implement agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses/needs

  • Implement local and national learning strategies and make effective use of opportunities provided by other learning activities to support the development of relevant skills

  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use

  • Help pupils to access learning activities through specialist support

  • Determine the need for, prepare and maintain general and specialist equipment and resources

  • To ensure learning experiences are of a high quality and lead to excellent pupil progress


  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality, data protection and ethos reporting all concerns to an appropriate person

  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school

  • Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with the teacher, to support achievement and progress of pupils

  • Attend and participate in regular meetings as an Early Years Team, whole school staff and as part of the Trust

  • Participate in training and other learning activities as required

  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others

  • Provide appropriate guidance and supervision and assist in the training and development of staff as appropriate

  • Undertake planned supervision of pupils’ out of school hours learning activities

  • Supervise pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required

PERSON SPECIFICATION: Nursery Teaching Assistant


  • Experience working with children of relevant age ( Nursery Age)

Qualifications/Training 

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education or equivalent

  • BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development or equivalent

  • NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development or equivalent

  • Very good numeracy/literacy skills

  • Have completed training in an early years setting and received training appropriate to the early years curriculum

  • Appropriate first aid training would be an advantage


  • Can use ICT effectively to support learning

  • Full working knowledge of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation

  • Working knowledge of national/foundation stage curriculum and other relevant learning programmes/strategies e.g. Development Matters

  • Understanding of principles of child development and learning processes

  • Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities

  • Ability to relate well to children and adults

  • Work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these

Responsibilities And Roles

  1. Contribute to the emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and cultural development of the children by:

  • Participating in the delivery of the Foundation Stage curriculum, the early learning goals and the curriculum of the school

  • Re-enforcing and promoting the behavioural expectations of the school

  • Promoting and supporting the culture and ethos of the school

  1. Facilitate the provision of equal opportunities for all children, notwithstanding the difference of race, gender and educational need by:

  • Differentiating activities, promoting inclusion, developing Individual Education Plans and setting and reviewing individual targets

  • Recognising, responding to and validating cultural diversity and difference

  • Responding to a wide range of potential specialised needs

  1. Enable children to make a successful transition from home to school by:

  • Working with parents and children during the initial settling in period and at the beginning and end of the day

  • Promoting the ground rules of behaviour and conduct and acting as a positive role model

  • Supporting the development of interpersonal skills

  1. Contribute to the overall planning, presentation, and maintenance of a safe stimulating nursery environment – indoors and outdoors by:

  • Preparing displays of children’s work

  • Taking appropriate action to identify, analyse and minimise any risks to health, safety and security in the working environment

  • Participating in the development and improvement of the learning environment

  1. Contribute to the planned programme of daily activities by:

  • Planning, organising, carrying out, supervising and assessing the activities of groups of children (of varying size)

  • Managing or supporting a diverse range of activities – such as circle or story time or music and drama, assemblies, class visits, concerts and so on

  1. Develop a partnership with parents by:

  • Being available for informal and formal communication and feedback

  • Involving parents and carers in the education and development of the child and the purpose of the nursery

  • Participating in home visits, school visits, open events and parent education and training

  1. Work in collaboration with colleagues and other professionals. This includes the other staff in the nursery, teachers in the school and a wide range of professionals from other agencies, settings and schools who may have a role in the education, care and development of the children.

  2. Take part in the planning of the nursery curriculum on a long term and short-term basis, following the school processes for daily, weekly, termly and annual planning.

  3. Take part in the monitoring and recording of children’s progress by:

  • Using the agreed systems for observing, monitoring, assessing and recording children’s activities and achievements

  • Contributing to the school’s system of formal recording and reporting

  • Supporting the transfer of pupil information

  1. Contribute to the health and social care of the children by:

  • providing routine first aid and responding to accident, emergency or other unforeseen circumstances

  1. Supervise the children in the absence of the line manager, in accordance with the agreed procedures and programme of the school

  2. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of nursery policy and practice by participating in the processes and procedures established in the school

  3. Be responsible for a wide range of consumables, materials and resources commonly used in an early years setting.

  4. Carry out the relevant routine administration that supports the day-to-day functioning of the nursery.

  5. Attend nursery, school meetings, parent’s evenings, curriculum meetings, planning meetings, take part in staff support and training programmes and the agreed system of performance management

  6. Support the training of students and work experience students. This could include a wide range of staff in training.

  7. Be involved in the wider life of the school.


  • The authority expects its employees to work flexibly within the framework of the duties and responsibilities specified above. This means that the postholder may be expected to carry out work that it not specified in the job description but which is within the remit of the duties and responsibilities.

  • Staff in schools work subject to statute and many policies and procedures. The postholder will be expected to become familiar with these and work in accordance with them.

Person Specification

Nursery Nurse

Skills and Abilities



Assessed by

The ability to work effectively and efficiently as part of a team of professionals

Good communication skills, oral, written and electronic

The ability to act as a positive role model for children and parents/carers

The ability to manage and structure time effectively and efficiently

Basic ICT skills to support administration

The ability to obtain information about children to contribute to reports, records, targets and IEPs.

The ability to relate effectively to a diverse range of children and adults

The ability to deploy a range of strategies and techniques to encourage learning


A thorough understanding of the Foundation Stage curriculum and the early learning goals

A thorough understanding of child development and how young children learn

A thorough understanding of child protection policy, procedure and practice

Health and safety policy and practice and the role of the individual in ensuring its implementation

Equalities and inclusion policies and how these are implemented in schools

Qualifications and Experience

GCSE grade ‘C’ (or equivalent) or above in English and mathematics

Application form

1 year minimum experience working with young children in a paid or voluntary capacity in an early years setting

Application form

  • NNEB or equivalent NVQ3

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education or equivalent

  • BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development or equivalent

  • NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development or equivalent

Application form

Additional qualifications/training in specialist areas e.g., Makaton signing, Braille

Application form

A qualification in First Aid or the willingness to train and acquire the qualification

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