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Seeking an imaginative preschool educator, West London

Girotondo Preschool, in Chiswick (W. London) is looking for a passionate and dedicated educator, to join their established team of educators. 

'Girotondo is a 20-place, Reggio-inspired preschool. Our aim is to provide a space for children, educators and families working together in a stimulating environment through multidisciplinary enquiry projects. We are dedicated to the ongoing development of all staff, and the person we are looking for will be a reflective, responsive individual who constantly seeks challenge and innovation.

Our preschool has quickly become embedded in the community around. Parents and children attending Girotondo all live in the area and are of diverse culture and nationality, which makes our school a rich and diverse environment.

As a Reggio-inspired preschool, we are committed to innovation and creativity, to explore resources and the outside world, and to expose children to different learning and developmental experiences. We explore the surroundings and green areas around the school every day; walking or taking public transport and are not afraid to get wet or muddy!

We have had a sudden increase of children, all starting this month, and more are coming to visit the school every week, so we really need to find another educator to join us asap. Hopefully there will be nice people interested in the position who are either subscribed to Sightlines Initiative or have the same mindset as we all have anyway. We are looking for an educator able to think outside the box, to bring innovation and to be open to continuous learning and development.'

Main responsibilities

  • To take an active role in ensuring that the nursery meets and exceeds the OFSTED requirements, those set out in the EYFS, and actively seek to remain up to date with childcare requirements.
  • To actively contribute in the everyday activities of the preschool, from the design to the carrying out of projects and activities.
  • To contribute and participate in the development of new ideas, contributing to the staff team meetings in the implementation of our approach and documenting learning.
  • To be a team player, respect other colleagues' ideas and be flexible.
  • To take responsibility as SENCO.
  • To be aware of the safeguarding and other relevant legislations
  • To be a key educator along with other team members, and keep records of key children's development and learning journey, for school records and to be shared with parents/carers.

Skills /knowledge

Essential

  • Understand the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • NNEB, NVQ3 or Equivalent
  • Excellent knowledge of The Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Knowledge of Ofsted National Standards and Outcomes
  • DBS / Clean criminal record
  • SENCO training
  • Paediatric first aid training
  • Minimum 2 years' experience as a nursery educator
  • Fluent English
  • Right to work in the UK


Desirable Requirements

  • Work experience in a Reggio-inspired school
  • Be flexible with working hours

Full time, salary £18-£20K, depending on experience and education;

20 days holiday plus bank holidays. The nursery will be closed for one week over Christmas.

Please send a CV and covering letter explaining how you would fit in the role advertised to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applicants will also need to provide the names of two referees.

Applicants will be short listed and invited to an interview in the next few weeks. We intend to begin rolling interviews from Monday 14th January. Following interviews, a small number of short-listed candidates will be invited for a trial (paid), before the final decision is made. The successful candidate will be expected to take up his/her role soon after the job offer and once all checks have taken place.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

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