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Why Work With Us

Because Hopscotch values its staff:
We know our staff are our most important asset. Our staff are individuals with different situations and requirements. But by providing a happy and friendly environment, with carefully planned structures of work and conditions, these individuals come together as a team to provide the highest quality childcare for our children and parents. A strong management structure provides a framework ensuring equality of opportunity and fairness for all. As a large chain of nurseries, Hopscotch provides job security and opportunity for personal growth.

Excellent rates of pay:
Our rates of pay are amongst the highest in the area. Our pay scales ensure fairness and equality for all staff members, and provide a structure for staff career development. Our holiday leave is generous.

Career Structure:
Hopscotch has an ethos of promoting from within – we will always select an eligible member of staff rather than by external recruitment. Working for a large chain of nurseries also provides more opportunities to be promoted or be given extra responsibilities. Regular staff appraisals highlight training needs and this ensures an individual has the ability to grow within the company. We give recognition for the achievement of qualifications and, most importantly, hard work, loyalty and commitment are always rewarded.

Training:
Hopscotch offers an excellent training schedule – from the moment you join us, your training won’t stop! We encourage our staff to attend internal and external training as often as possible. We have access to many courses including first aid, food hygiene, health & safety, safeguarding, management training etc many of which are funded by Hopscotch.

Social Events:
Our nurseries are happy, friendly places to work and give staff immense job satisfaction. There are many opportunities for social events – fun and theme days, theatre visits, charity fund raising, park and farm visits, to name but a few. Our staff also organise evenings out, team-building activities and Christmas parties etc. In addition, we hold an Annual Awards/social Evening where our staff are recognised for their achievements in length of service, attendance, and nursery practitioner of the year is voted for by parents. The winners receive certificates, champagne, gift vouchers etc.

Ideal Candidates

Hopscotch staff need to demonstrate above all else a genuine love for children.

We are also looking for:

Skills and Abilities

  1. The ability to recognise and assess each child’s individual needs
  2. Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  3. Initiative, creativity and imagination
  4. Ability to think and act quickly in a stressful or emergency situation
  5. Ability to work as part of a team
  6. Ability to remain calm under pressure
  7. Ability to work with tact and diplomacy

Personal Qualities

  1. Caring, kind, friendly and patient
  2. Empathy with the needs of children and parents
  3. Hardworking and conscientious
  4. Confident and energetic
  5. Excellent personal image and presentation
  6. Commitment to equal opportunities

Knowledge and Experience

  1. Committed to providing the highest quality childcare
  2. Relevant qualifications and/or skills
  3. Knowledge of paediatric first aid procedures or a willingness to train
  4. Interest in current issues in early education and childcare

Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries are an equal opportunites employer.

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